Connect Spring / Summer 2020

2nd March, 2020

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Progress Through Philanthropy: Examples of Projects Supported by The Ireland Funds
The generosity of our donors has changed thousands of lives across the island of Ireland and around the world. The Ireland Funds has never wavered in its commitment to deliver private philanthropic support to worthy causes that promote peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development. On behalf of the organizations doing extraordinary work, we thank you.
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New Leadership for The Ireland Funds America
In early 2020, the new leadership of The Ireland Funds America was welcomed by the President of Ireland in Dublin. The Ireland Funds America President & CEO David Cronin, Chairman Gene McQuade and Vice Chairman Shaun Kelly met with President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and discussed the role of The Ireland Funds and importance of its past and future contributions to Ireland.
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The Ireland Funds 2019 Flagship Awards and Small Grants Round
The Ireland Funds Flagship Investments program provides grants for core funding, capacity building or program costs for non-profit organizations working within one of our key program areas of Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education and Peace & Reconciliation. A total of €500,000 will be shared by six outstanding organizations over 2 years. In addition to the Flagship Awardees, The Ireland Funds also distributed €500,000 to 90 organizations through its Small Grants Round. The Small Grants Round offers awards to small community organizations and for organizations that have not previously been supported by The Ireland Funds. These smaller investments of up to €10,000 support a wide range of not-for-profit and community organizations in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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Blossom Ireland
Blossom Ireland is an award-winning organization that provides skills-based training designed to prepare young people aged 14 to 20 years with an intellectual disability (ID) for life as an adult. A Flagship Award from The Ireland Funds has enabled it to expand and develop its “Personal Empowerment Program” which provides support for young people during a key transition period of life as they seek independence.
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No Mind Left Behind
All across the island of Ireland there are promising young people from areas of severe social disadvantage who need an opportunity to enter third-level education. No Mind Left Behind is an initiative developed by The Ireland Funds and longtime Ireland Funds’ donors John and Pauline Ryan to give promising young people an opportunity to complete third-level education by providing an annual scholarship to cover the costs of books, accommodation and other key expenses.
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Sensational Kids
Sensational Kids benefits the 1 in 4 children in Ireland who have special educational needs, such as autism, Down syndrome, dyslexia and dyspraxia. By providing a range of clinical and educational services with a highly-skilled clinical team, it benefits children of all ages and all abilities to enable them to develop to their full potential. Thanks to a Flagship Award from The Ireland Funds, over 500 additional children per year have received services.
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The Abbey Theatre
The Abbey Theatre is Ireland’s national theater. Founded by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory in 1904 it has served as a hallowed stage for renowned actors. Thanks to a Flagship Award from The Ireland Funds, The Abbey Theatre’s 5×5 Programme is ensuring that marginalized communities and voices are finding their voice and telling their stories on stage.
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Enactus is an innovative program for university and college students interested in addressing social problems through social entrepreneurship solutions. With support from The Ireland Funds, Enactus is enabling Ireland’s future leaders to explore new ideas with an eye to social change. Or as Enactus says, “creating a head for business and a heart for the world.”
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The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition
Since 2012, The Ireland Funds has run its annual Business Plan Competition that seeks to nurture creativity and hone the entrepreneurial skills of Ireland’s next-generation business leaders. This article takes a look back at some of the alumni of The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition and what they have gone on to accomplish since the Competition.
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The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
At the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID) people with intellectual disabilities are participating in a higher education program designed to enhance their capacity to fully participate in society as independent adults. With a Flagship Grant from The Ireland Funds, the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities is ensuring that its graduates have meaningful employment opportunities.
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