The Promising Ireland Campaign

The Worldwide Ireland Funds have doubled the original target for their Promising Ireland Campaign from $100 million to $200 million. Over 650 outstanding projects and organizations have received support from the Promising Ireland Campaign.  see press release below

Promising Ireland Campaign

Charities across the island of Ireland, and those helping Irish communities abroad, are experiencing an increased demand for their services at a time of a major reduction in resources. The Campaign's title - Promising Ireland - reflects The Ireland Funds' pledge to these groups as well as a belief in Ireland's future.

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Thursday October 3rd, 2013

Worldwide Ireland Funds to raise Campaign target to $200 million for Irish Charities

The Worldwide Ireland Funds today announced that it was doubling the original target for its Promising Ireland Campaign from $100 million to $200 million.

The Campaign, which was due to close at the end of this year, has raised $150 million already and will be extended to the end of 2015 to reach this new goal.  The new target will require the Funds to raise on average $2 million a month, twice its current level.
Over the last five years, through the Campaign, The Ireland Funds have supported over 650 charities and not for profit organizations across the island of Ireland, North and South, and Irish causes abroad.  All of the monies raised have come from private philanthropists and organizations across the twelve countries in which the Funds have a presence.

Commenting, CEO of The Worldwide Ireland Funds Kieran McLoughlin said: “The not for profit sector in Ireland is key to maintaining the social fabric as the country recovers.  Our donors are really standing up when it counts most in a practical and impactful response by the diaspora.  However, despite the Campaign having raised one third of our total earnings since we were founded almost forty years ago, we are inundated by an unprecedented level of demand from Irish charities struggling to meet the demand upon them.  We are looking at a series of initiatives, in addition to our fundraising, through which we can support the sector.”

About The Worldwide Ireland Funds
The Worldwide Ireland Funds are an international philanthropic network operating in 12 countries that has raised over $480 million for worthy causes in Ireland and Irish causes around the world. It is the largest network of friends of Ireland dedicated to supporting programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development.  Founded in 1976, The Worldwide Ireland Funds have benefitted over 3,000 organizations. All funds raised are contributed by private philanthropists and organizations.

The Funds in Numbers
-  $480 million raised since foundation in 1976
-  12 Countries
-  1,200 Charities Supported
-  $0 cost to not-for-profits
-  100 events held every year with 45,000 attendees
-  $4 out of every $5 raised go directly to charities
-  4 out of 4 star rating from Charity Navigator (the leading US ratings agency for charities) for cost control, transparency and corporate governance.


Thursday June 20th, 2013

President Michael D. Higgins congratulates The Ireland Funds on its achievements over many years

Hosting a reception this evening at Aras an Uachtarain, President Michael D. Higgins congratulated The Worldwide Ireland Funds on what it has achieved for Ireland since its establishment in 1976. Its most recent initiative, the Promising Ireland Campaign, had an initial goal to raise $100 million but will in fact achieve $150 million by its close at the end of this year.  The President noted that 1,200 charities across Ireland have benefited from the work of The Ireland Funds.

The 200 guests at the reception included leading donors and philanthropists from many of the 12 countries in which the Funds operate; all are attending the Funds’ Annual Conference which takes place this weekend at the K Club, Co. Kildare. During the conference they will consider next steps in light of the outcome of the Promising Ireland Campaign which, in the last five years, has raised one third of the Funds’ total contributions since it was founded 37 years ago.
The delegation was led by outgoing Chairman of The American Ireland Fund, Loretta Brennan Glucksman; Chairman Elect, John Fitzpatrick and the Funds’ Founder, Dan Rooney.

Commenting, Kieran McLoughlin, President and CEO of The Worldwide Ireland Funds, said, ‘The fact that the Promising Ireland Campaign will exceed its original goal by 50% in such a difficult economic climate is a remarkable testament to the generosity of our donors. Philanthropy is the use of private wealth to support the public good.  At a time when public funding sources are under such pressure, the role of philanthropy has never been more important.‘

Founded in the US in 1976 and now operating in 12 countries, The Worldwide Ireland Funds have raised over $480 million since foundation benefitting some 1,200 Irish charities.

The Funds generate private philanthropic donations to support projects in Ireland that promote education, cultural and community development and peace & reconciliation projects across the island of Ireland. All of the monies The Ireland Funds raise are contributed by private philanthropists and organizations.

President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins with President & CEO of The Worldwide Ireland Funds at a reception this evening at Aras an Uachtarain to honour The Worldwide Ireland Funds and to acknowledge its achievements for Ireland since first established in 1976. The Ireland Funds' most recent initiative, the Promising Ireland Campaign, had an initial goal to raise $100 million but will in fact achieve $150 million by its close at the end of this year. More than 1,200 charities across Ireland have benefited from the work of The Ireland Funds.







Thanks to your generosity, through gifts large and small, we have helped organizations improve the lives of men, women and children. The Promising Ireland Campaign is already making a crucial difference to those that need it most and we thank you.

So far, the following organizations are among those assisted by your generosity to the Promising Ireland Campaign - Thank You!

1428 Active Retirement Club
174 Trust
Abbey School
Abbey Theatre
Age & Opportunity
Age Northern Ireland
Alzheimer Society of Ireland
American Irish Historical Society
An Taisce - The National Trust for Ireland
An Cosan - The Shanty
Ardoyne Holycross Boxing Club
The Ark
Ashoka Ireland
Atlantic Corridor
Autism Speaks
Baboro International Arts Festival for Children
Ballinglen Arts Foundation
Ballyclare Family Focus
Ballyhoura Heritage & Environment
Banbridge Arthritis Care
Bantry Inshore Search and Rescue Association
Beara Tourism Development
Bedford Row Family Project
Belfast Beltway Boxing Project
BeLonG To Youth Services
Belvedere Youth Club
Blue Box Creative Learning Centre
Blue Teapot Theatre Company
British-Irish Association
Burrenbeo Trust
Business to Arts
The Butler Gallery
Camara Ireland
Camphill Communities of Ireland
Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)
Care After Prison
Carers’ Association
Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups
Catholic Institute for Deaf People
Chicago Irish Immigration Support
Child Abuse Prevention Programme
Children's Medical and Research Foundation
Children's Sunshine Home - Laura Lynn House
Cill Rialig Project
City of Dublin YMCA
ClondalkinTravellers Development Group
Cloughmills Community Action Team
Club Shine, Youth Variety Community Group
Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers
Community Action Network
Community Focus Learning
Community Relations in Schools
Concern Worldwide
Co-operation Ireland
Cope Galway
Cork Boat Club
Cork Counseling Services
Cork Institute of Technology
Cork Penny Dinners
Corrymeela Community
County Roscommon Disability Support Group
Cross Border Orchestra
Cross Community Schools Project
Cuisle Cancer Support Centre
Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland
Darndale/Belcamp Integrated Childcare Services
DCU Ryan Academy Mid West Region
Depaul Ireland
Domestic Violence Response
Don Bosco Teenage Care House Association
Donegal Teen Parent Support Programme
Doras Luimni
Down Syndrome Centre
Drogheda & District Support 4 Older People
Druid Theatre Company
Drumlane Community Partnership Ltd.
Dublin City University
Dublin Civic Trust
Dublin International Piano Competition
Dublin Jewish Board of Guardians
Dublin Simon Community
Dublin Talmud Torah
Dublin Theatre Festival
Dublin UNESCO City of Literature
Dun Laoghaire Refugee Project
East Belfast Community Agency
East Clare Community Cooperative Society
Eden Alternative
Educate Together
Eiru Trust
Emerald Isle Immigration Center
Enactus Ireland
Enable Ireland
Energy Action
FACE Fermoy Action Children's Education
Fettercairn Community Health Project
Fighting Words
Find a Wheelchair Taxi
First Step Centre
Foróige Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
Foyle Search & Rescue
Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC)
Front Line
Gaisce - The President's Award
Galway Arts Centre
Galway Autism Partnership
Gate Theatre
Generations in Action
Giants Community Foundation
Grow it Yourself (GIY)
Glenstal Abbey
The Goal Line Youth Trust
Greystones Family Resource Centre
Groundwork Northern Ireland
Habitat for Humanity Ireland
Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland
Headway Belfast
Helium Arts
Hello World Foundation
Home Start Down District
The Icon Walk
IFI Irish Film Archive
Independent Age
Inner City Enterprise
Inspire Ireland
Integrated Education Fund
Intercom Enterprize
Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the US
Ireland US Council
Irish Ancestry Research Centre (IARC)
Irish Architectural Archive
Irish Arts Center
Irish Autism Action
Irish Chamber Orchestra
Irish Council for Civil Liberties
Irish Deaf Kids
Irish Dogs for the Disabled
Irish Georgian Society
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind
Irish Heart Foundation
Irish Hospice Foundation
Irish Immigration Center
Irish Men’s Sheds Association
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Irish Penal Reform Trust
Irish Repertory Theatre
Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Irish Stammering Association
Irish Traveller Movement – Yellow Flag Programme
Irish Youth Foundation
Jack and Jill Children's Foundation
Jewish Home of Ireland

Kerry Diocesan Youth Services
Kids in the Kitchen
Kilkenny Age Friendly County Programme
LARCC Cancer Support Centre
Larne YMCA
Learmount Community Development Group
Learning Hub Limerick
Letterkenny IT
Lewis Glucksman Gallery
Lifestart National Office
Limerick Institute of Technology
Little Museum of Dublin
Lost Lives
Lyric Theatre
Making Connections
Marriage Equality
Mary Immaculate College
Matt Talbot Services
Meitheal Mara
Meath Youth Federation
Mental Health Reform
Merchants Quay Ireland
Mercy Law Resource Centre
Midlands Simon Community
Mind Wise New Vision
Monaghan Integrated Development
Music Generation
My Mind
National College of Art & Design
National College of Ireland – Parent-Child Home Programme
National Concert Hall
National Gallery of Ireland
National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID)
National Library of Ireland Trust
National University of Ireland Galway
National University of Ireland Maynooth
Native Woodland Trust
New York Irish Center - Forgotten Irish Appeal
North Kerry Older Persons Services
Northern Ireland At Play
Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children
Northern Ireland Children's Hospice
Northside Learning Hub
North Connaught Youth Services
North West Hospice
Nurture Post Natal Depression Support Services
Offaly Dyslexia Group
One in Four
Open Heart House
Origin Theater
Ossory Youth
Our Lady's Boys Club
PeacePlayers International
Percy French Festival
Peter McVerry Trust
Pieta House
The Playhouse
Prince’s Trust
Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA)
The Pushkin Trust
Queen's University
Railway Preservation Society
The Rise Foundation
Roots of Empathy
Royal Hibernian Academy
Royal Irish Academy
RUA RED South Dublin Arts
Safe Home Programme
Saplings School for Children with Autism
Sesame Street Northern Ireland
Show Racism the Red Card
Sli Eile
Sligo Dyslexia Group
Smock Alley Theatre
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
Society of Vincent de Paul
Special Olympics Ireland
Speedpak Limited
Speedwell Trust
Spinal Injuries Ireland
Sport Changes Lives
Sports Against Racism Ireland (SARI)
Spraoi agus Sport
Springboard Opportunities
Spun Out
St. Christopher’s Services – Leisure Buddies
St. Francis Hospice
St. James’s Hospital Foundation
St. John’s Amateur Boxing Club, Fermoy
St. Luke’s Home
St. Michael's Estate Family Resource Centre
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick's College – Teachnet
St. Stephen’s Green Trust
St. Ultan's After School Project
Sticky Fingers
Suas Educational Development
TAGIT Fishing Club
Tara Centre
Temple Bar Gallery & Studio
Temple Street Children's Fund for Health
Terry Enright Foundation
WOW Group -Winners on Wheels
Third Age Foundation
Tipperary Excel Heritage Company
TLC4 Cystic Fibrosis
Trinity College Dublin
Tuesday's Children
UCD Michael Smurfit Business School
Ulster Historical Foundation
Undergraduate Awards
University College Cork
University College Dublin
University of Limerick
Upper Springfield Development Trust
Victim Support at Court
VOICE (Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment)
Void Art Centre
Walk with You
Washington Ireland Program
Waterside Women's Centre
West Cork Music Festival
West Cork Women Against Violence
West Limerick Resources Ltd.
Wexford Festival Opera
Whitegates Community
Women for Election
Writers’ Week Listowel
Young Enterprise Northern Ireland
Young Social Innovators
Youth Work Ireland Galway