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Founded in 2013 with the ideal of “Cork people helping Cork people”, the Cork Foundation has maintained this philosophy ever since. The past few years have been difficult for the country as a whole and Cork has been granted no exemptions from the economic struggle. However, emerging social enterprises and initiatives have shown that beneath the fiscal hardships of recent years

While there are many varying issues that continue to provide a hindrance to the growth of Cork,there are equally as many organisations and individuals willing and wanting to provide a combatting help.

We have in the past worked with social enterprises that have dealt with varying issues affecting Cork, from childcare to youth mental health and the refurbishment of neglected areas of Cork City.

However we are also constantly connecting with many other worthy causes who are in search of donors or any businesses willing to give their time or staff to help give back to Cork and truly make a difference.

Some of the charities and projects that we are working with to locate donors include Glounthaune Homes Trust, an incredibly professional organisation aimed at creating communities better suited to elderly or retired residents in Cork in order to improve their quality of life. IWISH; an inspiring Cork based initiative which hopes to encourage young girls to pursue STEM careers, a long term investment in the future of Cork. Some other initiatives include , an organisation working hard to ensure that physically disabled children can be safely included in sports teams or Cork Cares; a student run business in which 20% of certain purchases in Cork City goes towards a Cork charity. Other charities we have connected with operate in the areas of post­natal depression, increasing tourism and culture in Cork, twinning Cork communities with similar towns overseas, and youth mental health.

 Although we work with and help charities and organisations with many varying issues at their core, the common thread for us with each of these is job creation in Cork.

The growth and potential mentioned above is not something we want to simply work on or create, we want to make it as sustainable as possible. Ultimately we want to help Cork grow again and this can only be done through creating more jobs.

We have recently and hope to continue to connect with the greater Cork diaspora. We recognise that Cork has given an abundance of talent to the world in entertainment, business and sport and we hope to harness some of this and give back to Cork.

If you are an organisation or charity that can help create more jobs in your area of work and want to make a real social change in Cork you can find more about how we can help and our application process on our website .

Similarly, for Corkonians at home or abroad looking to give back and support, summaries of various worthy causes and charities in Cork can also be found on our website.

All of your help to make Cork a great place to live is greatly appreciated.

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