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The Ireland Funds

The Ireland Funds eNews

November 2023

Sensational Kids

We're Helping Children with Additional Needs Reach Their Potential

1 in 4 children in Ireland has a special educational need. The Ireland Funds works with numerous initiatives that focus on children with additional needs. Here are just two examples of what you've made possible.

Sensational Kids
Last year, The Ireland Funds' support meant that Sensational Kids could deliver 7,000+ reduced-cost therapy appointments to children with additional needs saving families over €441,211 in therapy fees.

Sadly, families often have to wait up to 4 years for speech and occupational therapy. The Ireland Funds helps Sensational Kids provide life-changing speech, language, and occupational therapies and compassionate care for children with intellectual disabilities from across the island of Ireland—all at a dramatically reduced cost. The generosity of our donors has made all this possible for Sensational Kids. THANK YOU.

Liquid Therapy in action

Liquid Therapy
One of the ground-breaking organizations we are proud to support through our Heart of the Community Fund 2023 is Liquid Therapy. The island of Ireland's only surf-based charity, Liquid Therapy has helped hundreds of families and kids with intellectual and physical challenges discover the excitement, health benefits, and transformational power of the ocean. Children experience a sense of inclusion and accomplishment many say they have never experienced before. This past summer, our donors enabled families to enjoy their services at no cost. THANK YOU.

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Make Your Giving Tuesday Gift

Giving Tuesday is next week, and it is the perfect opportunity to join millions of changemakers around the world in supporting the causes most important to you.

The Ireland Funds has been there for the island of Ireland for almost 50 years only because of our donors, supporters, and partners. We pledge to continue our mission promoting equality, opportunity, and lasting peace.

Will you join us this Giving Tuesday with a gift to The Ireland Funds? All donations will help us do even more for organizations caring for Ireland. THANK YOU.


Upcoming Events

We invite you to join us at these upcoming events.

42nd Boston Gala

42nd Boston Gala

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Honoring Jean M. Hynes, CEO of Wellington Management with The Ireland Funds Distinguished Leadership Award, and Rev. Dr. Bill Shaw OBE, CEO of 174 Trust with The Ireland Funds Humanitarian Award. Guest of Honor: Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform and President of the Eurogroup.

San Francisco Women in Leadership Luncheon

San Francisco Women in Leadership Luncheon

Friday, December 1, 2023

Honoring Ruth Cotter, Senior VP, Marketing, Communications & HR, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Marianne O'Shea, Vice President Global Nutrition Science, PepsiCo, in conversation with Janet Reilly, Journalist / Publisher / Co-founder Clinic by the Bay / UC Regent.

San Francisco Women in Leadership Luncheon

Chicago Young Leaders Holiday Celebration

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Join us at the new Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Chicago to celebrate the holiday season.

San Francisco Women in Leadership Luncheon

33rd Palm Beach Emerald Isle Ball

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Join us The Breakers in Palm Beach for The Ireland Funds 33rd Palm Beach Emerald Isle Ball.

San Francisco Women in Leadership Luncheon

32nd National Gala

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Join us at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. for The Ireland Funds 32nd National Gala.


Recent Events

39th Annual Chicago Dinner

39th Annual Chicago Dinner

On Tuesday, November 7th, 2023, close to 500 friends of the island of Ireland gathered to celebrate The Ireland Funds 39th Annual Chicago Dinner. Special guest speaker at the event was Ireland's Ambassador to the United States, Amb. Geraldine Byrne Nason. The Ireland Funds Corporate Social Responsibility Award was given to Abbott and accepted by its Chairman and CEO, Robert B. Ford. The Ireland Funds Leadership Award was given to Matt Moore of Chicago Cut Steakhouse.

“I believe strongly in ‘giving while living.’ I see little reason to delay giving when so much good can be achieved through supporting worthwhile causes today.” – Chuck and Helga Feeney

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Chuck Feeney, founding Chairman of the Atlantic Philanthropies. Chuck was one of the visionary philanthropists of our time and a devoted steward of the island of Ireland. His gifts, given anonymously for many years, helped a myriad of global causes ranging from education to public health. May his legacy of generosity be an inspiration to us all.

Pictured: Chuck and Helga Feeney at The Ireland Funds 2016 San Francisco Gala where Chuck received The Ireland Funds Distinguished Leadership Award

We could not have done this without the support of The Ireland Funds. It is transformational change for the children who benefit from our services.

- Karen Leigh, CEO & Founder of Sensational Kids

Donate today and participate in this holiday of giving.

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