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 a third of 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, Workshops organise local fundraising initiatives, e.g. table quizzes, raffles, bag-packing in local supermarkets. Contact your local DAI Workshop for information on upcoming local events.
  • At the national level, fundraising is organised by our Communications & Fundraising Sub-Committee. National fundraising activities include the Mary McKenna Golf Classic, Alphabet Jump skydive, Mini-Marathons and Marathons, 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).


You can make a donation via our PayPal Giving Fund page where 100% of your donation comes to us.


Alphabet Jump

Are you ready to jump into action for a good cause? The Alphabet Jump 2023 is the perfect opportunity to push yourself out of your comfort zone and raise funds for DAI. We are seeking 26 brave participants – one for each letter of the alphabet. Sign up now and join us on September 23rd for an experience you’ll never forget!

The Parachute Jump: A tandem jump or skydive is where you are attached to an expert tandem master and requires very little training. You jump from 10,000 to 13,000 feet, free fall for 30 seconds where you’ll reach 200km per hour before the tandem master opens the two-person parachute; then you glide down to the landing zone over stunning scenery at Clonbullogue Airfield, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.
The tandem master does all the work during the skydive and training only takes 20-30 minutes. Your assigned tandem master will brief you on all phases of your jump and ensure that you get the most from the experience while taking every precaution to ensure safety. All you need to do is enjoy the experience and take in the wonderful bird’s eye views!

How it works: Participants are asked to raise at least €600, of which €280 covers the reduced rate cost for a charity jump and the balance of funds raised goes to the Dyslexia Association of Ireland 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 or on Facebook. You can also opt to donate all of the funds raised to DAI and pay for the sky-dive yourself directly. Participants must be aged 18 years minimum. Please contact the Irish Parachute Club (Tel. 1850 260 600 or email if you need additional information on restrictions or the technical aspects of skydiving, or check out the FAQs on their website.
If you are ready for this amazing challenge, please email to sign up now!


Marathons and Mini-Marathons

If you are considering taking part in a Marathon or Mini-Marathon, then please consider doing this in aid of DAI. As well as the well known Dublin City Marathon and Women’s Mini Marathon there are many other events like this around Ireland and internationally. Once you have signed up for your event, please contact us and let us know that you will be fundraising on behalf of DAI. We can send you our Marathon Fundraising Pack; we also have t-shirts and sponsorship forms available for registered participants. We can also guide you on setting up an online fundraising page.

As well as a great personal sporting achievement, there is a great feel-good factor from completing events like these on behalf of a charity.

Text Donations

You can also make a donation via text message. Please text READ to 50300 to donate €4. The Dyslexia Association of Ireland will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service provider: LikeCharity. Helpline 01 4819311.














Charity Christmas Cards 

Our charity Christmas cards come in packs of at least 10 cards per pack (plus envelopes). Each pack costs €7.50 which includes postage costs within Ireland. All profits from these charity cards will be used to support DAI services for those with dyslexia.

Please phone or email us to make an order.