The Australian Ireland Fund Young Leaders Program

Melbourne runners at the inaugural Global 5k with Patron Sonia O'Sullivan

The Young Leaders program cultivates young friends of Ireland to network and support the philanthropic work of The Australian Ireland Fund. 


Join as a Young Leader and enjoy these exclusive membership benefits:

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The Australian Ireland Fund joined the Worldwide Ireland Funds in 1987. We contribute to worthy Irish programmes concerning education and community development, peace and reconciliation and arts and culture.   We are delighted to have John O’Neill AO as our Chairman for the second time, having taken over from Alan Joyce in 2012.

The Young Leaders’ Network is a key Ireland Funds Programme attracting the next generation of leaders.  The mission of the Young Leaders’ network is to encourage the involvement of an emerging generation of philanthropists, and to provide a forum for networking locally and globally, while financially supporting the work of The Worldwide Ireland Funds. 

The Australian Ireland Fund Young Leader Membership Levels and Benefits

Level 1 - Young Leader $200 annually ($150 of which is tax deductible)

  • Enhancing your personal and professional networks whilst supporting people less fortunate than ourselves.
  • Discount on tickets to major events such as the Sydney Garden Party which is $450 for a corporate ticket and only $250 for Young Leaders (of which $50 is tax deductible); The Brisbane Luncheon which is $195 for a ticket and only $100 for Young Leaders; and the Melbourne Luncheon costing $100 saving $90.
  • Invitation to an exclusive member’s only event to “Meet the Board” of the Australian Ireland Funds (including Chairman John O’Neill AO, Chairman of Echo Entertainment, former Chair Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, Paul O’Brien, Paul O’Sullivan, Chairman of Optus and H.E. Noel White Ambassador of Ireland to Australia).
  • Access to our global network of The Worldwide Ireland Funds in 12 countries around the world (USA, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Singapore and of course Australia) as well as 12 Young Leader Chapters in Australia, Ireland, UK, Canada and USA.
  • Exclusive members only invitation to the Young Leaders Summit V in New York, January 2016 with discounted accommodation.

Level 2 - Benefactor $1,000 annually (which is tax deductible)
All the benefits of a Young Leader PLUS these additional benefits

  • Invitation to the Worldwide Ireland Funds Conference 2016 at a discounted rate.
  • Recognition as a Benefactor in Australian Ireland Fund publications.
  • Exclusive invitation to supporter receptions.
  • Receive a copy of Connect Magazine.
Sydney Committee at St Patricks Day Parade

Melbourne Committee with Joe Schmidt and Damien Duff at the Green Shoots Event

Sydney Committee and Guests at Fairwater Reception

Melbourne Chair Adrian Hanley with Board Member Dr Tom Moore at Green Shoots Event

Sydney Committee and Guests at Ryan's Bar Christmas Drinks