Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

The Ireland Funds America

  • Boston, MA
  • www.irelandfunds.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Music Generation
  2. No Mind Left Behind
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Across the island of Ireland and among Irish communities around the world

ruling year

1976

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Kieran McLoughlin

Keywords

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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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Also Known As

The American Ireland Fund

EIN

25-1306992

 Number

1374398501

Contact

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?

Overview

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Founded in 1976, The Ireland Funds currently operate in 12 countries and have raised over $540 million for over 3,200 outstanding organisations. We are one of the largest private funding sources for not-for-profit and charitable causes in Ireland.

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.

Programs

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

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

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

$1,200,000.00

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

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$16,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    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.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    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.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    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.
  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. 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

Self-reported

International

Across the island of Ireland and among Irish communities around the world

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Financials

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The American 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 Ireland Funds America

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Kieran McLoughlin

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"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?