The Promising Ireland Campaign

The Ireland Funds Promising Ireland Campaign officially concluded at midnight December 31st, 2015.  We are delighted to announce that the Campaign exceeded both its original goal of $100 million and revised goal of $200 million.
The Campaign total raised is $226 million.

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. It is the generosity of our donors around the world that has driven The Promising Ireland Campaign. Hundreds of outstanding organizations across the island of Ireland and beyond have been assisted.  We thank you for standing up, being so generous and allowing us to keep our Promise to Ireland.

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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PRESS RELEASE - Friday February 5, 2016

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

Former rugby international Gordon D'arcy honoured at annual fundraising lunch

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.

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.  All funds raised have come from private philanthropic sources around the world. 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.

Commenting, Mr. McLoughlin said, “It is marvellous to witness the power of private philanthropy and its capacity to achieve lasting impact for the public good. Our donors truly stood up for Ireland at a crucial time when the not for profit sector was, in many ways, maintaining Ireland’s social fabric. The Ireland Funds will continue to build on the momentum of the campaign to further increase their support of Irish non-profits that are carrying out programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education, and community development around the world.”

Projects assisted by the Promising Ireland Campaign include: Music Generation, Foróige Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Fighting Words, Women for Election, The Early Learning Initiative (ELI), Playhouse Derry, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and the Little Museum of Dublin. These organizations represent the 900 not-for-profit groups that have benefitted directly from the philanthropic support of The Ireland Funds Promising Ireland Campaign.

About The Worldwide Ireland Funds
The Ireland Funds are a philanthropic network across 12 countries that has raised over $500 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.


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! (updated February. 3, 2015)

1428 Active Retirement Club
174 Trust
Abbey School
Abbey Theatre
Adult Literacy and Basic Education
Age & Opportunity
Age Northern Ireland
Age Concern Network of Newcastle
and District
Aisling Community Center
A K Ilen Boatbuilding School
Alzheimer Society of Ireland
American Irish Historical Society
Anam Cara Parent & Sibling
Bereavement Support
An Taisce - The National Trust
for Ireland
An Cosan - The Shanty
Ardglass Development Association
Ardoyne Holycross Boxing Club
The Ark
Ashoka Ireland
Athlone Community Radio
Atlantic Corridor
Autism Speaks
Baboro International Arts Festival
for Children
Backstage Theatre
Bailieborough Swimming &
Leisure Centre
Ballinglen Arts Foundation
Ballybeg Community
Development Project
Ballyclare Family Focus
Ballyhoura Heritage & Environment
Ballymacormack Community
Development Group
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 College S.J.
Belvedere Youth Club
Bia Foodbank
BirdWatch Ireland
Blackrock College
Blue Box Creative Learning Centre
Blue Teapot Theatre Company
Bonmahon Parent/Carer Toddler Group
Boyne Garda Youth Diversion Project
Bray Area Partnership
Bridgeways Family Resource Centre
British-Irish Association
Brothers of Charity Clare
Building Ballysally Together
Burrenbeo Trust
Business to Arts
The Butler Gallery
The Cabbage Patchers
Cahoots Northern Ireland
Camara Ireland
Camerata Ireland
Camphill Communities of Ireland
Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)
Care After Prison
Care Local
Carers’ Association
Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups
Catholic Institute for Deaf People
Charleville Castle Heritage Trust
Chicago Irish Immigration Support
Child Abuse Prevention Programme
Children’s Medical and
Research Foundation
Children’s Rights Alliance
Children’s Sunshine Home—
Laura Lynn House
Christopher L. Keeley Scholars
Cill Rialig Project
Cill tSeandan Teo
City of Dublin YMCA
Citywise Education
Clondalkin Travellers
Development Group
Cloughmills Community Action Team
Club Shine
Cnoc na Gaoithe—Tulla
Comhaltas Cultural Centre
Coalition of Irish Immigration
Comharchumann Forbartha
Community Action Network
Community Focus Learning
Community Relations in Schools
Concern Worldwide
Co-operation Ireland
Cope Galway
Cork Boat Club
Cork Counseling Services
Cork Foundation
Cork Institute of Technology
Cork Penny Dinners
Corrymeela Community
County Roscommon
Disability Support Group
Cross Border Orchestra
Cross Community Schools Project
Crumlin Children’s Hospital
Cuidigh Linn
Cuisle Cancer Support Centre
Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland
Darndale/Belcamp Integrated
Childcare Services
DCU Ryan Academy
Depaul Ireland
DIT Foundation
Diversity Challenges
Domestic Violence Response
Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation
Don Bosco Teenage Care
House Association
Donegal Teen Parent Support
Doras Luimni
Down Syndrome Ireland
Dress for Success
Drogheda & District Support 4
Older People
Dromboughil Community Association
Druid Theatre Company
Drumlane Community Partnership
Dublin City University
Dublin Civic Trust
Dublin International Piano Competition
Dublin Jewish Board of Guardians
Dublin Simon Community
Dublin SPCA
Dublin Talmud Torah
Dublin Theatre Festival
Dublin UNESCO City of Literature
Dundalk Youth Centre
Dun Laoghaire Refugee Project
Early Years
East Belfast Community Agency
East Clare Community
Cooperative Society
Eden Alternative
The Educational Trust
Educate Together
Eiru Trust
Emerald Isle Immigration Center
Emer Casey Foundation
Empowering People in Care (EPIC)
Enactus Ireland
Enable Ireland
Energy Action
Epilepsy Ireland
FACE Fermoy Action
Children’s Education
Families First
Feeny Community Association
Feile an Phobail
Fettercairn Community Health Project
Fighting Words
Find a Wheelchair Taxi
First Step Centre
Flax Trust
Focus Ireland
Foróige Network for Teaching
Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
Foyle Search & Rescue
Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC)
Front Line
Funky Fish Youth Café
Gaelic Players Association
Gaisce - The President’s Award
Galway Arts Centre
Galway Autism Partnership
Galway Rape Crisis Centre
Gate Theatre
Generations in Action
Giants Community Foundation
Gig ‘n the Bann
Glenstal Abbey
Glentoran Academy
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
Henrietta Adult & Community Education
Home Share Clare
Home Start Down District
The Icon Walk
Independent Age
Inner City Enterprise
Inspire Ireland
Integrated Education Fund
Iorras Le Cheile CDP
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 Cultural Centre of New England
Irish Deaf Kids
Irish Dogs for the Disabled
Irish Film Institute
Irish Forum for Global Health
Irish Georgian Society
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind
Irish Heart Foundation
Irish Hospice Foundation
Irish Immigration Center
Irish International Immigrant Center
Irish Mathematics Learning
Support Network
Irish Men’s Sheds Association
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Irish Penal Reform Trust
Irish Repertory Theatre
Irish Seed Savers
Irish Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals
Irish Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Children

Irish Stammering Association
Irish Technology Leadership Group
Irish Traveller Movement—
Yellow Flag Programme
Irish Wheelchair Association
Irish Youth Foundation
Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation
Jewish Home of Ireland
Keltic Dreams
Kerry Diocesan Youth Services
Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence
Kids in the Kitchen
Kidz Klub
Kildare Traveller Action
Kilkee Civic Trust
Kilkenny Age Friendly
County Programme
Killaloe and Ballina Civic Trust
Knockanrawley Resource Centre
LARCC Cancer Support Centre
Larne YMCA
Learmount Community
Development Group
Learning Hub Limerick
Leitrim Calling
Letterkenny IT
Lewis Glucksman Gallery
Lifestart National Office
Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre
Ligoniel Family Centre
Limerick Enterprise
Development Partnership
Limerick Institute of Technology
Link Academy CIC
Little Museum of Dublin
Lost Lives
Lyric Theatre
Macushla Dance Club for 50+
Making Connections
Mark Pollock Trust
Marriage Equality
Mary Immaculate College
Mater Foundation
Matt Talbot Services
Mayo Mountain Rescue
Meanscoil Mhuire
Meath Youth Federation
Mental Health Reform
Merchants Quay Ireland
Mercy International Association
Mercy Law Resource Centre
The Michael Smurfit Business
School at UCD
Midlands Simon Community
Migrant Disability Network Ireland
Mind Wise New Vision
Monaghan Integrated Development
Move4Parkinson’s Foundation
Moy Cosy Club
Moy Valley Community
Services Programme
MS Ireland
Music Generation
Music Network
Narrative 4
Na Piobairi Uillean
National Autistic Society
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
Navan Young People’s Development
New York Irish Center—Forgotten
Irish Appeal
New York University—
Glucksman Ireland House
Newbridge Family Resource Centre
Next Step
Nexus Institute
No Mind Left Behind
Scholarship Programme
North Kerry Older Persons Services
Northern Ireland At Play
Northern Ireland Cancer Fund
for Children
Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice
Northern Ireland Community of
Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Northside Learning Hub
North Connaught Youth Services
North Tipperary LEADER Partnership
North West Hospice
North West Tongues, Tones
and Tapping
Nurture Post Natal Depression
Support Services
Offaly Dyslexia Group
One in Four
Open Heart House
Organic Boys
Origin Theater
Ossory Youth
Our Lady’s Boys Club
Our Lady Immaculate Senior School
Partners Training for Transformation
Peacebuilders International
PeacePlayers International
Percy French Festival
Peter McVerry Trust
Philanthropy Ireland
Pieta House
The Playhouse
Port Garda Youth Diversion Project
Presentation De La Salle College
Prince’s Trust
Project Ballynahinch
Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA)
The Pushkin Trust
Queen’s University
Quigley’s Point Community Centre
Ramoan Friendship Group
Railway Preservation Society
Reach Across
Richhill Community & Arts Association
Right to Sight
The Rise Foundation
Roots of Empathy
Royal Hibernian Academy
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Regimental Museum
Royal Irish Academy
RUA RED South Dublin Arts Centre
Rural Resettlement Ireland
Safe Home Programme
Saoirse Foundation - BUMBLEance
Saplings School for Children with Autism
Select Vestry of Lissadell Parish
Self Help Africa
Sesame Street Northern Ireland
Sharing Point
Show Racism the Red Card
SIFE Ireland
Sli Eile
Sligo Cancer Support Centre
Sligo Dyslexia Group
Smock Alley Theatre
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
Social Justice Ireland
Society of Vincent de Paul
Solas Project
SOS Bus Northern Ireland
Special Olympics Ireland
Specialisterne Ireland
Speedwell Trust
Spinal Injuries Ireland
Sport Changes Lives
Sports Against Racism Ireland (SARI)
Spraoi agus Sport
Springboard Opportunities
Spun Out
St. Bernadette’s Primary School
St. Brigid’s Family Resource Centre
St. Christopher’s Services—
Leisure Buddies
St. Colman’s Care Centre
St. Dominic’s Secondary School
St. Francis Hospice
St. Gabriel’s School & Centre
St. James’s Hospital Foundation
St. Jarlath’s Court Residents’
St. John of God Menni Services—
WayBuddy App
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
Step by Step Northern Ireland
Sticky Fingers
Suas Educational Development
Suicide or Survive
TAGIT Fishing Club
Tallaght Centre for the Unemployed
Tara Centre
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios
Temple Street Children’s Fund
for Health
Temporary Emergency Accommodation
Mullingar (TEAM)
Terry Enright Foundation
Three Drives Family Resource Centre
Third Age Foundation
Thomas F. Meagher Foundation
Tipperary Excel Heritage Company
Tir Boghaine Teoranta
TLC4 Cystic Fibrosis
Trinity College Dublin
Truagh Development Association
Tuesday’s Children
Ulster Historical Foundation
Undergraduate Awards
UNICEF Ireland
University College Cork
University College Dublin
University of Limerick
University of Ulster
Upper Springfield Development Trust
Valentia Island Development Company
Victim Support at Court
Vineyard Compassion
VOICE (Voice of Irish Concern
for the Environment)
Void Art Centre
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
Wicklow Hospice Foundation
Wired Fm
Women for Election
WOW Group -Winners on Wheels
Write to Read
Writers’ Week Listowel
Young Enterprise Northern Ireland
Young Social Innovators
Youth Horizons
Youth Initiatives
Youth Work Ireland Galway

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 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.


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 $450 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 Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairman Emeritus of The American Ireland Fund 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.