The Ireland Fund of Great Britain

photo: Sean Henderson with Sister Mary Lawrence

History of The Ireland Funds

Founded in 1976, The Worldwide Ireland Funds currently operate in 12 countries and have raised over $500 million for over 3,000 outstanding organizations.

The Ireland Fund of Great Britain was founded in 1988.



The Ireland Fund of Great Britain raises money to make a real difference to those in need and to support Irish culture in Great Britain and also on the island of Ireland.

We identify, monitor, fund and mentor charities and non-profits that promote wellbeing, community and culture, including those that best support Irish communities. We work closely with our donors and sponsors to ensure that our support is channelled in an effective and economic manner. We are a chapter of the Worldwide Ireland Funds, a philanthropic network that supports worthy causes in Ireland and around the world. 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.

Fairness, compassion, community, equality, inclusion


How we are helping

Since 2007, as part of the Forgotten Irish campaign, The Ireland Fund of Great Britain has awarded over £1m to organisations throughout the UK in cities like Leeds, London, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham that seek to address the needs of vulnerable or elderly Irish people.


How we raise funds

The IFGB does not receive or seek government funding; we rely on donations from private individuals, corporations and other non-statutory sources. We host fundraising events, prize draws and auctions all proceeds go towards helping Irish people in need in Britain. We are grateful to all our Corporate Partners who have given generously. Their contribution ensures that the maximum amount of your donation goes directly to the organisations we support, rather than on administration and fundraising costs.


What do we do with the money we raise?

The IFGB invests significant time and resources in identifying, monitoring and mentoring charities and non-profits that promote wellbeing, community and culture across Great Britain, including those that best support Irish communities. Coupled with the corresponding work undertaken by the Ireland Funds in Ireland, we are uniquely placed to ensure that funds raised from our donors are channelled to deserving organisations which will help us meet our aims and which will maximise the benefit obtained from our fundraising. Grants are only distributed following a thorough assessment of all applications by our Grants Assessment Committee.

photo: Cyclists at Land's End raising funds

The IFGB Board

Michael Casey
Ruairi Conneely
Rory Godson
Garrett Hayes
Eileen Kelliher
Seamus McGarry
Zachary Webb

The Ireland Fund of Great Britain’s patrons are Peter Sutherland KCMG and Basil Geoghegan.


The IFGB Young Leaders Society

The IFGB Young Leaders Society brings together young professionals to network and support the work of The Ireland Fund of Great Britain

It is the twelfth Young Leaders Society established by chapters of The Ireland Funds, following on from Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, Australia, Canada and Ireland.


Please consider joing the Young Leaders Society.
Contact us at 0207 9409 850 for more information.

Our registered charity number is 327889.