Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

The American Ireland Fund

  • Boston, MA
  • www.theirelandfunds.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the largest network of friends of Ireland dedicated to supporting programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland.

Main Programs

  1. Music Generation
  2. No Mind Left Behind

service areas

International

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ruling year

1976

chief executive

Mr. Kieran McLoughlin

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Keywords

ireland, irish, fund, funds, american, northern ireland, peace, hope, reconciliation, culture, charity, hope, history, campaign, dinner, events, donate, ecards, e-cards, education

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EIN

25-1306992

Also Known As

The American Ireland Fund

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

The Ireland Funds Promising Ireland Campaign officially concluded at midnight December 31st, 2015. We are delighted to announce that the Campaign exceeded both its original goal of $100 million and revised goal of $200 million.

The Campaign total raised is $226 million.

The success of the Campaign means that 40% of our income since we were established 40 years ago have been raised in the last seven years. It is the generosity of our donors around the world that has driven The Promising Ireland Campaign. Hundreds of outstanding organizations across the island of Ireland and beyond have been assisted. We thank you for standing up, being so generous and allowing us to keep our Promise to Ireland.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Music Generation

In July, 2009, The Ireland Funds announced an exciting partnership with the renowned Irish band U2 to establishing a national music tuition program expanding music education for the primary school children of Ireland.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Budget

$1,200,000.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Program 2

No Mind Left Behind

An initiative that gives promising
young people in Ireland from areas of severe social disadvantage an opportunity to enter and
complete third-level education by providing an annual scholarship to cover the costs of
books, accommodation and other key expenses.

Category

Education

Budget

$16,000.00

Population Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our mission is to be the largest network of friends of Ireland dedicated to supporting programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Providing Access to Education
    The Ireland Funds invest in high-quality education by supporting programs that widen access to and participation in third-level education for under-represented groups; providing access to integrated education in Northern Ireland; and supporting innovation and groundbreaking research in third-level institutions throughout Ireland.


    Supporting a Shared Future in Northern Ireland
    The Ireland Funds address sectarianism and violence in Northern Ireland by supporting initiatives that address the lack of understanding and respect for varying cultural and religious values; a stagnant economy that has inflicted long-term unemployment; and inadequate opportunities in education, employment and personal development.


    Investing in Ireland's Communities
    The Ireland Funds support communities by contributing to positive mental and physical health; community integration; development of entrepreneurial skills; opportunities for lifelong learning; sport and leisure opportunities; and protection of the natural environment.


    Promoting Irish Culture and Heritage
    The Ireland Funds support Irish culture and heritage by providing funding for programs that promote cultural awareness and understanding; preserve uniquely Irish art forms and artifacts; increase public access to
    a variety of art forms and collections support community arts initiatives; and ensure the protection of and access to Irish heritage sites and resources.


    Assisting the Elderly 'Forgotten Irish'
    The Ireland Funds are committed to supporting elderly Irish men and women by funding organizations that provide access to a wide range of services and educational opportunities that tackle loneliness and isolation and that develop strong social networks through day centers or social clubs.


    Assisting Disadvantaged Youth
    The Ireland Funds work to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people by providing funding for individuals and families to access a range of services and educational opportunities; by supporting initiatives that promote positive mental and physical health; and by supporting activities that allow young people to engage in fun, safe and productive out-of-school activities.


    Promoting Philanthropy
    The Ireland Funds contribute to the development of philanthropy in Ireland by supporting public and private policies that effectively encourage philanthropic giving; organizations that work to improve performance and professionalism of philanthropic sector; the aggregation and dissemination within Ireland of relevant data on philanthropic activity; and programs and efforts to make the Irish public aware of philanthropy and its vital contributions to society over time.

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Ireland Funds are a philanthropic network across 12 countries that has raised over $500 million for worthy causes in Ireland and Irish causes around the world since foundation in 1976. It is the largest network of friends of Ireland dedicated to supporting programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Promising Ireland campaign ran from 2009 to the end of 2015 as a response to the increased demand for services from the Irish non-profit sector at a time of a major reduction in resources. The campaign's title was chosen to reflect The Ireland Funds' pledge to these groups as well as a belief in Ireland's future. All funds raised have come from private philanthropic sources around the world. In total, over 11,000 donors from the 12 countries in which The Ireland Funds are active contributed to support Irish charities and causes worldwide.
    The success of the Campaign means that 40% of our income since we were established 40 years ago have been raised in the last seven years.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    For over 40 years, you have helped us make Ireland a better place by supporting worthy and innovative programs that are caring for Ireland's children, preserving Irish heritage and culture, advancing education, fostering reconciliation and peace in Northern Ireland and assisting those that need it most. We've helped over 3,000 organizations help those that need it most.

service areas

International

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Social Media

@TheAmericanIrelandFund

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Financials

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The Amencan Ireland Fund
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

The American Ireland Fund

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Kieran McLoughlin

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"http://www.theirelandfunds.org/what-we-do"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John Fitzpatrick

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BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?