The beta version of the Benefacts website is available at beta.benefacts.ie until May 18th when the full site goes live. Benefacts is a new, free online information service which will provide everyone with up to date facts and figures about Irish civil society organisations. The aim of introducing the site in Beta is to give listed nonprofits a view of their own data before it goes live to the general public. This edition of the website will include the Search and About menu options. In Search mode, users can search for any term and receive a list of relevant results which they can then sift through further by using the filter menu. They can also find governance, financial and regulatory information through the Search function. The first release of the website will provide financial data from 2013 and 2014.
The About section is where users can learn more about the project, get answers to FAQs, view the articles, blog, knowledge base etc.
The full website with the Explore and API menu options will go live to the public on May 18th. The Explore function allows users to view nonprofit organisations by sector in terms of income, age, institutional profile, and public funding amongst other factoids and pieces of information. The API menu function is a link to our public API (Application Programme Interface) which is where people can generate data for themselves based on publicly available information.
Since the middle of 2015 Benefacts has been building this database of Irish nonprofits. Work is still ongoing, and new organisations will be included right up to the end of 2016. Benefacts plan is to issue a second release of the website before the end of 2016, when financial data from 2015 will be available.