Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

The American Ireland Fund

Progress Through Philanthropy

Quick Facts

aka The Ireland Funds America

Boston, MA

Mission

The Ireland Funds' mission is to harness the power of a global philanthropic network of friends of Ireland to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development across the island of Ireland and among Irish communities around the world.

Ruling Year

1976

President and CEO

Mr. Kieran McLoughlin

Main Address

10 Post Office Square Suite 1205

Boston, MA 02109 USA

Keywords

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

EIN

25-1306992

 Number

1374398501

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The Ireland Funds' mission is to harness the power of a global philanthropic network of friends of Ireland to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development across the island of Ireland and
among Irish communities around the world.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Music Generation

No Mind Left Behind

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1. To increase access to musical education for children & young people, from all backgrounds and in every community in Ireland.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Music Generation

Context notes

In order to reach as many children as possible, Music Education Partnerships were to be developed in 10+ diverse areas across Ireland. The results here show the no. of areas participating to date.

To support a significant cultural & education project and increase visitor numbers - The Little Museum of Dublin.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Context notes

The Ireland Funds Flagship investment in 2014 has allowed The Little Museum to grow the quality & scale of their exhibition. Figures here relate to the growth in the no. of visitors each year.

To ensure greater transparency and improve the depth of information available in the charity sector in Ireland.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

An Irish equivalent to Guidestar, Benefacts lists extensive information about the entire nonprofit sector in Ireland. Results here show the increase in the no. of organisations listed on the website.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The Ireland Funds' vision is of peace, equality and opportunity across the island of Ireland and among Irish communities worldwide.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
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. The Ireland Funds are also proud to support programs that care for senior members of the community, provide opportunities for young people in rural or disadvantaged communities and promote a transparent and effective non-profit sector and a vibrant culture of philanthropy.

ARTS & CULTURE
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; and ensure the protection of and access to Irish heritage sites and resources.

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; provide access to integrated education in Northern Ireland; support innovation and ground breaking research in third-level institutions throughout the island of Ireland; and extend a broad range of learning opportunities for students of all ages.

PEACE & RECONCILIATION
The Ireland Funds address sectarianism and violence in Northern Ireland by supporting initiatives that tackle 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.

The Ireland Funds are a philanthropic network across 12 countries that has raised over $550 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.

Our donors want to connect to causes and projects in Ireland to make a genuine difference to a wide range of social and cultural issues. We develop a global network of donors and we provide a range of financial and non-financial support for not-for profit organisations in Ireland and Irish causes abroad, and we have developed a platform for connecting donors and those causes.

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. 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.

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.

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Financials

The American Ireland Fund

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

In order to support nonprofits and gain valuable insight for the sector, GuideStar worked with D5—a five-year initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy—in creating a questionnaire. This section is a voluntary questionnaire that empowers organizations to share information on the demographics of who works in and leads organizations. To protect the identity of individuals, we do not display sexual orientation or disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff. Any values displayed in this section are percentages of the total number of individuals in each category (e.g. 20% of all Board members for X organization are female).

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff and Full-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff and Full-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies

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