About us

Activelink is a vibrant hub for Irish non-profit and community organisations. It provides an online directory and communication service for these diverse groups, who are united by a common aim: to bring about positive change in society.


We work with non-profit organisations to develop online communications in the public interest, to promote action and participation and to foster the sharing of ideas, experience and information for a better world.

Activelink is a service provided by Hyperlink Ltd. We're currently based in Sandyford, in south county Dublin.


Activelink grew out of a project that was started by Giancarlo Ramaioli in 1999. Community Exchange was a monthly email bulletin aiming at providing a communication channel for groups and individuals involved or interested in the work of community and voluntary organisations in Ireland.

At the time, there was no other online forum where people could find out and/or exchange information and news about the voluntary sector in Ireland and we were hoping that people would find the bulletin a useful environment for sharing information and for actively contributing to its contents.

Over time, Giancarlo, together with Hyperlink, built Activelink into a leading online resource for the community and voluntary sector.  

The Activelink website was launched in 2001. At the time it primarily presented Community Exchange content on the web but it soon grew from being an email-bulletin based website to being a website-based e-bulletin. 

Eventually we were carrying so many volunteering and recruitment related posts that we launched the Activelink Jobs and Volunteering e-bulletin alongside Community Exchange.

Today, Activelink provides an effective advertising service to the community and non-profit sector. Adverts are carried on this website, and we have two emailed e-bulletins, which are sent out on weekends to more than 25,000 subscribers:

  1. The Community Exchange e-bulletin; and
  2. The Activelink Jobs & Volunteering e-bulletin.

Another valuable service is the Irish Links directory, which houses the details of Ireland’s non-profit organisations for easy reference.

Giancarlo Ramaioli 1959 - 2009

Giancarlo passed away on 26 May 2009. Activelink continues to grow guided by Giancarlo’s vision and we have now established a biennial scholarship fund in his memory.

Photo of Giancarlo Ramaioli
Giancarlo Ramaioli