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The Dyslexia Association of Ireland is a voluntary organisation with charitable status (Registered Charity no. CHY 10044).  While we receive some state funding, this is not guaranteed and covers less than half our costs.  Like all charitable organisation we rely greatly on fundraising, and are very grateful for any help received and all funds raised.

Fundraising is done both locally and nationally:

  • At the local level, branches organise local fundraising initiatives, e.g. table quizzes, raffles, bag-packing in local supermarkets.  Contact your local DAI Branch for information on upcoming local events.
  • At national level, fundraising is organised by our Communications & Fundraising Sub-Committee.  National fundraising activities include the annual Mary McKenna Golf Classic, Alphabet Jump skydive, Mini-Marathon, Charity Christmas cards.  DAI also seeks grants and donations from grant making bodies, corporate donors and individuals.

If you can help in any way with our fundraising efforts please contact us. While donations are always gratefully received, we also value your time – if you can volunteer an hour or two at a bag packing event, or could sell raffle tickets or DAI Christmas cards, or if you would be interested in being an active member of our Communications & Fundraising Sub-Committee, we would be delighted to hear from you.

DAI is fully compliant with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising which was drawn up for the Irish Charities sector in the context of the new Charities Act.  It sets out best practice for fundraising based around core principles of respect, honesty and openness.  DAI Fundraising Guidelines can be downloaded here: DAI Fundraising Policy (PDF file).


The Alphabet Jump

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DAI needs 26 thrill seekers for the Alphabet Jump, our charity skydive, each one representing a letter of the alphabet. What letter will you be?

Date: Saturday 28th September, 2019 (weather permitting).

Venue: Clonbullogue Airfield, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.

Participants are asked to raise €500 minimum (€260 covers the reduced rate cost for a charity jump and the balance goes to the Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) to support our services for children and adults with dyslexia). Sponsorship cards are available from either the Dyslexia Association of Ireland or from the Irish Parachute Club. You can create a personal fundraising page on You can also opt to donate all of the funds raised to DAI and pay for the sky-dive yourself directly.

All funds raised from the Alphabet Jump will support our free information service, assessment and tuition for disadvantaged families dealing with dyslexia. If you would like to sign up to take part, or have any questions, please contact the Dyslexia Association of Ireland at 01 877 6001 or email Please also read the Brochure and Important Info for Participants below:

Alphabet Jump 2019 – BROCHURE

Important Info for Participants


The Mary A McKenna MBE Golf Classic

Donabate Golf Club

The 2019 Mary A. McKenna MBE Golf Classic in aid of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) will be held in Donabate Golf Club, on Friday June 7th, 2019.

A 4 person team event @ €200 per team. (Stableford, with two scores to count.) Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and lots more.

This is always a great day, hosted by the wonderful Mary McKenna in beautiful Donabate Golf Club.

All funds raised will be used to support DAI services, including assessment and tuition for people with dyslexia, and our busy information service.

Tee times are available from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Once you have booked, we will contact you to finalise your tee time, or you can email now to get information on available tee times. Please book early to get your preferred time.

Online booking is now open at

Charity Christmas Cards 

Spread some joy with our selection of Christmas cards.

Cards come in packs of 10 and cost €8 per pack (which includes €1.50 p&p per pack). Our 4 new designs are:

  • Santa Claus
  • Let it Snow
  • Polar Bears
  • Carol Singers

We also have some older designs available as a lucky dip, at the bargain price of just €5.00 per pack (incl. p&p).

Please email us at or phone 01 8776001 to place your order.

You can also drop into our national office on Talbot St. during normal office hours.



VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon

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Each June Bank Holiday Monday thousands of women from all over Ireland take in the VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon in Dublin.

Why not run, jog,  walk or even crawl in aid of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland?  DAI would really welcome your support.

The official entry form will be available in the Evening Herald on Wednesdays and Saturdays from mid-February, or online  at

The closing date for entries is usually in mid-April (or when the maximum number of entries is reached) – therefore please register early to avoid disappointment.

Sponsorship cards and t-shirts are available for those fundraising for DAI. Email for further information. Or  alternatively  you can sign up with and name us as your chosen charity.

All funds raised will be used by the Dyslexia Association of Ireland to provide valuable support services to children, young people and adults with dyslexia, to help them achieve their full potential.  Please Do the Distance for Dyslexia!

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A Novel Idea … Authors Read for Dyslexia

To mark Dyslexia Awareness Month each October, the Dyslexia Association of Ireland hosts a fundraising book reading called A Novel Idea … Authors Read for Dyslexia. This special event features some of Ireland’s leading authors who read from and discuss their work.

It is a fabulous opportunity to meet leading Irish authors, hear them read from and discuss their work, perhaps even get a favourite book signed by the author. All funds raised are used to provide specialist tuition to children and adults with dyslexia from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to help share the joy that can come from reading.


How to Make a Donation

All donations go directly to supporting the services provided by the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. If you would like your donation to support a particular aspect of our work, please let us know.

To all our donors and supporters, a very big thank you.

Donating via the bank: If you would like to make a once-off donation, we can provide you with our bank account details – please email us at for further information.

If you would like to make a regular donation (e.g. monthly or annually) just ask your bank to set up a standing order. Regular donations enable us to plan future projects.

Please notify us by post, phone or email if you are making a donation to our account so that we can thank you. This also enables us to maintain proper financial records by being able to account for all our income.

Online: You can make an online donation via at 

Postal Donations: You can also post a donation (cheque, postal order or bank draft) to:
Fundraising Committee, Dyslexia Association of Ireland, 5th Floor, Block B, Joyce’s Court, Talbot Street, Dublin 1.

Legacies: Bequests can be extremely beneficial in supporting our services. If you would like to leave a bequest in your will, please discuss this with your solicitor. Alternatively, you could request that instead of flowers, people make a donation to the Dyslexia Association of Ireland.

Tax Relief on Donations: There are a number of tax benefits associated with annual donations of €250 or more to registered charities. This tax relief means that your donation can mean even more to the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. And there is no limit to how much you can give!

The recipient of the benefit depends on the type of taxpayer making the donation:
1. In the case of PAYE taxpayers, the tax relief is applied at the marginal rate and is paid directly by the Revenue Commissioners to the Eligible Charity on receipt of the relevant appropriate certificate (an official form is completed by the donor and the charity receiving the donation). For example, an individual on the standard rate of tax (i.e. 20%) makes a donation of €500. The value of the donation to the charity = €625. The tax associated with the donation = €125. The charity will be able to claim a repayment of €125 from the Revenue Commissioners.
2. Individual taxpayers on self-assessment benefit directly from relief at the marginal rate by claiming the donation as a tax-deductible expense. For example, a self-assessed individual on the standard rate of tax (i.e. 20%) makes a donation of €500. The cost to the taxpayer is €400. The taxpayer claims a deduction for the donation on his/her tax return.
3. Corporate donors simply claim a deduction for the donation as if it were a trading expense.

So in the first case the tax relief is paid directly to the Charity whilst in cases two and three the donor receives the tax relief.

This information is taken from the Revenue Commissioner’s paper “Scheme of Tax Relief for Donations to Eligible Charities and other Approved Bodies, Under Section 848A, Taxes Consolidation Act 1997. Further information is available on the Revenue website

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland’s registered Charity number is CHY 10044. The Dyslexia Association of Ireland as an eligible charity is approved to claim tax relief on donations.

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DAI activities are part-funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019 administered by Pobal), the Special Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills, SOLAS and KWETB.