Drinkaware is funded predominantly by voluntary donations from the private sector including retailers, producers, distributors. We secure additional fundraising through our Workplace Wellness Programme and research grants.
As a national charity, all donations to Drinkaware must be spent on socially useful purposes that are independent from any external influence in their governance and decision-making. Drinkaware’s charitable purpose is ‘to benefit the community by preserving, protecting and promoting public health and socially responsible behaviour by reducing alcohol misuse and related harm.’
Any organisation that donates to Drinkaware must formally agree to a set of strict standards within our Constitution. These standards exist to safeguard the integrity, efficacy and impact of our work to contribute to the achievement of our mission and vision. This includes:
- Drinkaware is governed by an independent voluntary board of directors who are appointed by the Chairman and CEO with all necessary due diligence.
- Drinkaware is an autonomous charity with operational oversight by its voluntary board of directors. Drinkaware will not tolerate attempts to influence our work, policies or operations and any effort to do so will be referred to the board of directors for intervention and resolution.
- Drinkaware retains control, with board oversight, to spend unrestricted funding to develop mission-aligned programmes, messaging and resources without any regard for opposing positions from donators. Drinkaware’s charitable object is for public benefit and all activity must be undertaken solely for the betterment of society.
- Drinkaware, like all charities in Ireland, takes seriously it’s responsibility to be accountable and transparent in operations, finance and governance and is committed to adhering to the Charities Regulator’s Governance Code.
Drinkaware currently receives funding from the following: Alcosense, Aldi, Bird, Britvic, Bulmers Ireland, Clonakilty Distillery, Coca-Cola Hellenic, Coca-Cola Ireland, Diageo, Eddie Rockets, Edward Dillon, EJ & Gallo, Galway Craft Beers, Heineken, Hi-Spirits, Irish Distillers Pernod-Ricard, Kinsale Spirit, Lambay Irish Whiskey, Lidl, MacIvor’s Cider Co., McAllister Distillers, Molson Coors, Muff Liquor, Pearse Lyons Distillery, Powerscourt Distillery, Proximo Spirits, Quintessential Brands, Richmond Marketing, Rye River Brewing Company, Sliabh Liag Distillers, Walsh Whiskey, William Grant.