Ireland's Philanthropic Society
Since its inception in 1731, the RDS has grown from a small gathering of visionaries into one of world’s oldest philanthropic organisations that is dedicated to our mission to see Ireland thrive culturally and economically.
Funded by our commercial operations, our work programme aims to act as a catalyst to ensure that coming generations fulfil their potential. We do this by continuing to work in areas in which we have a strong pioneering tradition: science, the arts, agriculture, enterprise and equestrianism. Our work programme benefits from the voluntary time and expertise given by RDS Members, who also benefit from having exclusive access to the prestigious RDS Members' Club.