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Recent Press Releases from The Worldwide Ireland Funds

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U2’s Adam Clayton joins The American Ireland Fund in celebrating the achievements of Music Generation at the 41st Annual New York Dinner Gala

5th May, 2016 - The 41st Annual American Ireland Fund New York Dinner Gala Honors Mike McGavick of XL Group plc and Welcomes Special Guest Adam Clayton of U2 Manhattan, New York, May 5, 2016 - The American Ireland Fund hosted its 41st Annual New York Dinner Gala on Thursday evening, May 5, 2016 in New York City. The event on May 5 exceeded its target and raised a total of $2.7 million for the support of hundreds of Irish charities and causes. The Gala is the largest of the 150+ events held globally by The Ireland Funds. - Download PDF

The American Ireland Fund will host its 24th Annual National Gala on Wednesday evening, March 16, 2016 at The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

16th March, 2016 - The American Ireland Fund to Honor Senator Tim Kaine, Terry O’Sullivan, President of LIUNA, “Lord of the Dance” Michael Flatley, and a Special Presentation by Speaker Paul D. Ryan to former Speaker John Boehner at National Gala in Washington D.C. - Download PDF

CEO of Worldwide Ireland Funds announces results of Promising Ireland campaign- $226 million successfully raised since 2009 to assist Irish charities during recent global financial crisis

5th February, 2016 - Kieran McLoughlin, President and CEO of The Worldwide Ireland Funds, today announced that $226 million, twice its original goal, has been raised to support the work of over 900 outstanding Irish not for profits over the past 7 years. He was speaking at the 8th Annual Rugby Luncheon in Dublin at which former international player, Gordon D'arcy was honoured in the presence of 400 guests including Michael Flatley, US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O'Malley, British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott and former internationals Hugo MacNeill, Trevor Ringland and Phil Danaher. - Download PDF

The Ireland Funds Young Leaders Announce Strategic Plans for Significant Growth by 2018

14th January, 2016 - Over 100 of the global Irish diaspora will meet for the fifth annual Ireland Funds Global Young Leaders Summit in NYC. The Ireland Funds Young Leaders are a global network of professionals in their 30’s who support the philanthropic work of The Worldwide Ireland Funds. The Society has chapters in 15 cities, across 6 countries. This year delegates are gathering from Ireland, Great Britain, Canada and US chapters in Boston, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York, and Philadelphia to meet and lay plans for their future growth and support of the nonprofit sector in Ireland. - Download PDF

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MUSIC GENERATION TO RECEIVE €3 MILLION DONATION FROM U2 AND THE IRELAND FUNDS. This additional gift allows further expansion of Ireland’s National Music Education Program.

23rd November, 2015 - Dublin November 22, 2015: Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, is on course for further expansion, following the announcement by U2 and The Ireland Funds of major philanthropic donations of €2million and €1million respectively to the organisation. - Download PDF

The American Ireland Fund’s 34th Annual Boston Dinner Gala

12th November, 2015 - More than 1,100 guests gathered on Thursday, November 12, for The American Ireland Fund’s 34th Annual Boston Dinner Gala at the Westin Boston Waterfront. A record-breaking $2.6 million – the largest amount ever achieved at the Boston Gala -was raised for The Worldwide Ireland Funds Promising Ireland Campaign to support nonprofit organizations across the island of Ireland and around the world. The Annual Boston Gala is one of the largest of The Worldwide Ireland Funds’ 100+ international events. - Download PDF

Adi Roche and Ali Hewson receive Princess Grace Humanitarian Award from Prince Albert

4th October, 2015 - Award dedicated to children still trapped by fall-out of world’s worst nuclear accident. The Ireland Fund of Monaco event attended by over 500 people Monaco, Sunday, October 04, 2015: The founder and voluntary CEO of Chernobyl Children International (CCI) Adi Roche and CCI patron and board member Ali Hewson have overnight, at an Ireland Fund of Monaco gala event, been presented with one of the leading global humanitarian awards. - Download PDF

The Worldwide Ireland Funds Young Leaders Host “The Irish Run the World” a Global 5K Race Across 15 cities.

25th September, 2015 - for the second year in a row, the collective chapters of The Worldwide Ireland Funds will host “The Irish Run the World,” a global 5K race held over the span of 24 hours sponsored by KPMG. Irish Olympians Eamonn Coughlan and Sonia O’Sullivan are returning as the official Ambassadors for the event. The Ireland Funds Young Leaders will run over 75km, in 15 cities in 6 different countries. Starting in Brisbane, Australia, The Young Leaders will run a 5K in their respective city before passing the virtual baton off to the next city. “The Irish Run the World” will conclude when the last Young Leader crosses the finish line in Los Angeles, California. - Download PDF

The Worldwide Ireland Funds reach the $200 Million Goal of their Promising Ireland Campaign, to benefit Irish Charities, six months ahead of schedule.

19th June, 2015 - Announcement is made at the 30th Annual Worldwide Conference in Kerry. The Worldwide Ireland Funds have announced that they have reached the $200 million goal of their Promising Ireland Campaign, six months ahead of schedule. In total over 10,000 donors from the 12 countries contributed to this extraordinary total to support Irish charities and causes worldwide. - Download PDF

The 40th Anniversary of The American Ireland Fund New York Dinner Gala

7th May, 2015 - Manhattan, New York, May 7, 2015 - The American Ireland Fund hosted its milestone 40th Annual New York Dinner Gala on Thursday evening, May 7, 2015 in New York City. The Ireland Funds were founded in 1976 by Sir Anthony O'Reilly and Ambassador Dan Rooney at an inaugural dinner held in New York City. Four decades later, the New York Dinner Gala has now raised over $50 million of support for the philanthropic work of The American Ireland Fund. - Download PDF

The American Ireland Fund is recognized with the top 4-Star Rating for Efficiency and Transparency in Assisting the Irish Not-for-Profit Sector.

14th April, 2015 - For the fourth consecutive year, The American Ireland Fund has received a coveted 4-out-of-4 star rating for rigorous fiscal management, transparency and governance from Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator. It places The American Ireland Fund in an elite group of only 8% of charities that have achieved the top rating for four consecutive years. - Download PDF

The American Ireland Fund to Honor U.S. Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Thomas J. Donohue, Senator Richard Durbin, & Congressman Tom Rooney at National Gala in Washington, D.C.

15th March, 2015 - The American Ireland Fund will host its 23rd Annual National Gala on Monday evening, March 16, 2015 at The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. As the focal point of the evening, The American Ireland Fund will recognize Thomas J. Donohue, President & Chief Executive Officer of The United States Chamber of Commerce, with The American Ireland Fund Humanitarian and Leadership Award. This award is for Mr. Donohue’s dedication to addressing the community’s challenges such as disease, poverty, joblessness and a responsibility to veterans returning from service abroad. The American Ireland Fund will also recognize Senator Richard Durbin & Congressman Thomas J. Rooney with The American Ireland Fund Leadership Award for their service and continued interest and support for Ireland, North and South. - Download PDF

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The American Ireland Fund 33rd Annual Boston Dinner Gala 2014

21st November, 2014 - 1175 guests gathered on Thursday, November 20, for The American Ireland Fund’s 33rd Annual Boston Dinner Gala at the Westin Boston Waterfront. A record-breaking $2.55 million – the largest amount ever achieved at the Boston Gala -was raised for The Worldwide Ireland Funds Promising Ireland Campaign to support nonprofit organizations across the island of Ireland and around the world. The Annual Boston Gala is one of the largest of The Worldwide Ireland Funds’ 100+ international events. - Download PDF

The American Ireland Fund Marks Its 30 Year Anniversary in Chicago with a Record-breaking $1 Million Gala

5th November, 2014 - The 30th Anniversary Chicago American Ireland Fund Dinner was held Wednesday evening, November 5, at the Hilton Chicago. It was the most successful in the three-decade history of the event and it was a remarkable tribute to the support base in Chicago that a record-breaking $1 million dollar fundraising goal for Irish charities and causes was achieved. - Download PDF

The Worldwide Ireland Funds Young Leaders Host “The Irish Run the World” a Global 5K Race Across 11 Countries.

30th September, 2014 - Dublin - On Saturday, October 4th, 2014, for the first time ever, the collective chapters of The Worldwide Ireland Funds will host an event over the span of 24 hours called “The Irish Run the World,” a global 5K race presented by The Ireland Funds and KPMG. Irish Olympians Eamonn Coughlan and Sonia O’Sullivan are the official Ambassadors for the event. - Download PDF

The American Ireland Fund Nantucket Celebration 2014

19th July, 2014 - The American Ireland Fund hosted over 150 people at its annual Nantucket Celebration, held at the home of Bart & Lesley Grenier. This year’s Nantucket Celebration was co-chaired by Chris and Ann Quick, Bob and Laura Reynolds and Jack and Suzy Welch and the Honoree was Anne Finucane of Bank of America. - Download PDF

The Worldwide Ireland Funds Annual Conference held in Northern Ireland for first time in almost 40 years

19th June, 2014 - Over 120 philanthropists from around the world are gathered today in Belfast to attend the Annual Conference of the Worldwide Ireland Funds. This is the first time in almost four decades that the event takes place in its entirety in Northern Ireland. Delegates have travelled from 22 cities in 9 countries including the US, Australia, Singapore and China. All are committed philanthropists who are already supporting the charity sector in Ireland, North and South. - Download PDF

Winner announced in The Ireland Funds’ third annual Business Plan Competition 2014

18th June, 2014 - Alexandra Milne has won the top prize of €10,000 for her business Little Deli, in The Ireland Funds’ third annual Business Plan Competition, hosted by Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) CONNECT in Belfast. Little Deli is a solution that lets customers easily and efficiently pre-order and pre-pay for their lunch from local delis and cafes, at their own convenience. The first and second runners-up were awarded money of €5,000 and €1,000 for their business ideas. The competition is modeled on a similar initiative run at Harvard Business School and aims to nurture creativity and hone entrepreneurial skills amongst recent graduates and post-graduate students. The four finalists from Belfast, Dublin and Cork were among 15 teams to complete a training programme that helped them develop their business ideas and create a competitive pitch. The four young entrepreneurs then pitched their ideas to a judging panel of business leaders, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in the competition. - Download PDF

Boston Young Leaders’ St. Patrick’s Celebration

13th March, 2014 - On March 13, more than 500 guests gathered for The American Ireland Fund Boston Young Leaders’ St. Patrick’s Celebration at the Boston Harbor Hotel and raised over $140,000. The evening supported The American Ireland Fund’s work across the island of Ireland and its Promising Ireland Campaign to assist Irish charities. - Download PDF

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny to Give Keynote Address as The American Ireland Fund Honors Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and UBS Americas CEO Robert McCann at National Gala in Washington DC

11th March, 2014 - The American Ireland Fund will host its 22nd Annual National Gala on Thursday evening, March 13, 2014 in Washington, D.C. As the focal point of the evening, The American Ireland Fund will recognize The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., for his distinguished public service as Vice President of the United States, with The American Ireland Fund Peace Award, a rarely-presented award whose past recipients include President Clinton. - Download PDF

AIF to Honor John Hartnett with The Distinguished Leadership Award and Dr. Michael Hasenstab with The American Ireland Fund International Business Award at the 2014 San Francisco Gala Dinner

6th March, 2014 - The American Ireland Fund will host its San Francisco Gala Dinner on Friday evening, March 7, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom of the iconic St. Francis Hotel in Union Square, San Francisco. As the focal point of the evening, The American Ireland Fund will recognize Limerick-born John Hartnett, founder and President of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) and Silicon Valley Global Partners (SVG Partners) for his distinguished service to Ireland with The American Ireland Fund Distinguished Leadership Award. - Download PDF

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

3rd October, 2013 - 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 350 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 $450 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
 -  $450 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.     - Download PDF

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

20th June, 2013 - The Ireland Funds  Conference 2013 - President Michael D. Higgins congratulates The Ireland Funds on its achievements over many years... - Download PDF

The American Ireland Fund 38th Annual New York Dinner Gala Raises $3 Million

10th May, 2013 - The American Ireland Fund 38th Annual New York Dinner Gala Raises $3 Million, Daniel Day Lewis headlines New York Gala Honors Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairman of The American Ireland Fund and James E. Quinn, Former President of Tiffany and Company Manhattan, New York, May 9, 2013. The 2013 American Ireland Fund Gala exceeded its target by $500,000 and in total raised $3 million in support of The Worldwide Ireland Funds Promising Ireland Campaign to assist Irish not for profit bodies. Among those charities helped was the Wicklow Hospice whose patron, Oscar winning actor Daniel Day Lewis, made a rare appearance to acknowledge the Fund's support. He received a rapturous reception. "Having Daniel Day Lewis present was remarkable," said President and CEO of The Worldwide Funds Kieran McLoughlin, "We were delighted to have such a celebrated actor show his support and solidarity with Ireland." Over 1,100 guests from the spheres of business, the arts and politics attended the 38th Annual Gala at the Grand Hyatt New York at Grand Central. It is the largest of the 100 global events hosted annually by The Worldwide Ireland Funds. - Download PDF

The American Ireland Fund 21st National Gala in Washington DC

18th March, 2013 - Keynote address to be given by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D., Prime Minister of Ireland. Washington DC, Monday, March 18, 2013, The American Ireland Fund will host its 21st Annual National Gala on Monday evening, March 18, 2013 featuring a keynote address by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D., Prime Minister of Ireland. At the Gala, over 750 influential American and Irish political and corporate leaders will gather at the event to honor U.S. Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) as they are presented with the 2013 American Ireland Fund Leadership Award. In addition, Ambassador Daniel Rooney (former United States Ambassador to Ireland) and Ambassador Michael Collins (Ambassador of Ireland to the United States) will receive The American Ireland Fund Public Service Award for their contributions to Ireland and Irish-America. In attendance will be Gala Chair Mark H. Tuohey and Honorary Chairs of the Gala: Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to U.S.; Hon. Peter T. King and Hon. Richard E. Neal. A special musical performance will feature Sir. James Galway. - Download PDF

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented with Lifetime Achievement Award by The Worldwide Ireland Funds.

7th December, 2012 - The Worldwide Ireland Funds presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to salute her commitment to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland over her two decades as First Lady, US Senator and Secretary of State. The award was presented in front of 500 guests from all sides of the community in Northern Ireland as well as business, civic, community and cultural leaders. This was the Secretary of State’s 7th visit to Northern Ireland and was part of her last foreign mission in that role. - Download PDF

The Worldwide Ireland Funds to Honour United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a Lifetime Achievement Award to be made in Belfast on December 7th

30th November, 2012 - Mrs. Clinton is attending the OSCE Conference in Dublin on December 6th. She will travel the next day to Belfast where the Funds will host a luncheon in her honour. - Download PDF

The American Ireland Fund 2012 Boston Gala Honors Red Sox Manager John Farrell

15th November, 2012 - More than 1,100 guests gather for The American Ireland Funds 31st Annual Boston Dinner Gala. Nearly $2.5 million will be raised for The Worldwide Ireland Funds Promising Ireland Campaign to support nonprofit organizations across the island of Ireland and around the world. - Download PDF

The Worldwide Ireland Funds Promising Ireland Campaign announces a newly revised goal of raising $140 million for charities

22nd June, 2012 - New campaign goal announced in front of Ireland’s Taoiseach Enda Kenny and US President Bill Clinton at The Worldwide Ireland Funds Conference in Cork. - Download PDF - Visit related page

Lukas Decker Named Winner of the Inaugural Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition

19th June, 2012 - Over 100 business and education leaders from Ireland and the US gathered at Aviva Stadium for the announcement of the inaugural Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition winners. - Download PDF

Promising Ireland Campaign Announcement

3rd May, 2012 - The Worldwide Ireland Funds announce Promising Ireland campaign overtakes $100 million goal 19 months early. - Download PDF

The American Ireland Fund 20th National Gala Celebrating $90 Million raised for the Promising Ireland Campaign for Irish Charities

18th March, 2012 - Download PDF

Ireland’s National Concert Hall and The American Ireland Fund to honour Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains with inaugural National Concert Hall ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award

22nd February, 2012 - Download PDF

The American Ireland Fund with James R. Boyle, Anne M. Finucane and Robert L. Reynolds Host a Private Dinner for An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. on the occasion of his first visit to Boston

18th February, 2012 - Download PDF

The Ireland Funds Young Leaders commit to raising over $1 million for the Promising Ireland campaign

22nd January, 2012 - Download PDF

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The American Ireland Fund to Mark 9/11 Anniversary with World Premiere of Irish Lament from Renowned Composer Micheal O Suilleabhain

11th September, 2011 - Download PDF

The Worldwide Ireland Funds $100 million campaign ahead of target as global drive gets single gift of $3 million

1st March, 2011 - Download PDF

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The Worldwide Ireland Funds announce the Promising Ireland Campaign - an initiative to raise $100 million to assist Irish charities

1st December, 2010 - Download PDF

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