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About The Ireland Funds
The Ireland Funds is a network of friends of Ireland dedicated to creating a positive social impact and making a real difference to communities in need. We raise funds to support community, culture, education, and peace on the island of Ireland and in Irish communities around the world.
Our philanthropic network was established by Sir Anthony O’Reilly and Dan Rooney over 45 years ago in the United States. That organisation now has chapters in 12 countries and globally in its 45 years has raised over £450m to support over 3200 different organisations.
Supporting Our Community
We connect people
Our aim is to curate a network of likeminded individuals; people who are passionate about making a difference and to bring them together on occasions like this so they can connect with each other.
We channel support
We work closely with our network of donors and supporters to understand the causes that they are passionate about and to guide and assist them to deliver the impact that they want to make with their giving.
We change lives
In 2021, an incredibly challenging year, the passion and commitment of our donors enabled us to fund 46 organisations across Ireland and Great Britain, and globally The Ireland Funds supported the work of over 300 outstanding organisations with grants totalling €20m. We are honoured to be the stewards of that care and investment which improves so many lives and creates so many opportunities for growth.
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. 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
The impact of our grants is far reaching.
Together we have funded education programmes, the provision of vital counselling and bereavement support, outreach services to elderly, isolated and vulnerable members of society. With your help we have also supported talented young musicians and composers starting out on their careers, helped innovative social entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to fruition, and brought the joy of Irish culture and music into the homes and hearts of many.
Donor Advised Grants
Our team’s understanding of needs and how philanthropy can make a difference across Ireland is unparalleled. Working closely with our donors, we can recommend projects they are passionate about and that they wish to support. Donations made through The Ireland Funds Great Britain are eligible for Gift Aid which is passed in full to your chosen charity; donors benefit from tax-efficient giving.
Annual Small Grants Round
The Annual Small Grants Round awards grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to charities with an annual turnover of under £1m. All applications are subject to a stringent review process by our Grants Committee and approved by the Board of The Ireland Funds Great Britain.
You can see a summary of the projects we are supporting on our Projects Supported page.
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The Ireland Funds Great Britain Board
Eoin Bastible – Partner, Sera Global
Emily Bohill – Managing Partner, Bohill Partners
Evelyn Bourke – Non-executive director, Bank of Ireland and Marks
& Spencer Group plc and former CEO, Bupa Group
Ruairi Conneely – Managing Director, Sunlight Project Finance Ltd
John Feeney – Managing Director, Head of European Corporate Finance at Mizuho
Emer Finnan – President (Europe), Kildare Partners
Rory Godson – Owner, Powerscourt, and Chair, The Ireland Funds Great Britain
Garrett Hayes – Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Conor Hillery – Co-Head of Investment Banking (EMEA), J.P Morgan
Rachel Naughton – Head of SME Banking, AIB
Sue O’Brien OBE – Executive Chair, People Advisory, UK & Vice Chair, Teneo
Declan Tiernan – Co-Head of Europe and Partner, Oak Hill Advisors
Bridget Walsh – Global Private Equity Industry Market Leader, EY
Zachary Webb – Director – Catalyst, M&G Investments
Susan Whelan – Chief Executive, Leicester City Football Club and
Senior Executive Vice President, King Power International