Fall / Winter 2017

6th September, 2017

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A Tribute to Dan Rooney
On April 13, 2017, Irish America and the island of Ireland lost a great friend. The passing of Ambassador Dan Rooney is felt deeply by The Ireland Funds, which Dan Rooney and fellow Pittsburgh businessman Tony O’Reilly founded in 1976.
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Belong To
The Ireland Funds Are supporting BeLonG To as it creates safe space and mental health programs for Ireland’s lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender youth. Navigating the twists and turns of growing up is hard. For LGBT youth, navigating those twists and turns can be even harder.
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Benefacts
Restoring trust and Improving accountability in Ireland’s nonprofit sector. Thanks in part to The Ireland Funds, new tools are helping the Irish public make informed decisions around philanthropy.
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Cottage Markets
The Grow It Yourself (GIY) Cottage Market movement is changing Ireland with its simple, fresh take on community-led markets in towns all over the Republic. In addition to the early Cottage Markets that began in Cork, Louth and Galway, twenty more Cottage Markets are being established all over Ireland, thanks in part to Flagship Grant support from The Ireland Funds.
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EPIC
Empowering People in Care (EPIC) is an independent rights-based organization that works with children who are in the Irish care system and adults who, at different stages of their life, may need some support, advice or advocacy after leaving the care of the State with help from The Ireland Funds.
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Fighting Words
Fighting Words Belfast is part of a growing informal network of creative writing centers for children and young people across the world that share a common ethos; a belief that creativity can and should be fostered as part of the education of every child and that this task is the responsibility of the whole community. Fighting Words received a Flagship Grant from The Ireland Funds and is now reaching 2,000+ children in Northern Ireland.
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Foodcloud Hubs
Aoibheann O’Brien, Co-founder & CEO FoodCloud Hubs, shares how The Ireland Funds is helping FoodCloud Hubs combat food poverty.
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Galway Community Circus
“The funding climate in Ireland has been fairly tough the last few years. Last year was the toughest we’ve had so far and so THE IRELAND FUNDS’ SUPPORT WAS HUGE TO KEEP US GOING. That funding is now helping us reach over 300 young people over a 30-week period. That’s a huge level of participation.”  –Ulla Hokkanen, Circus Director
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Irish Immigration Centers
In March of 2017, The Ireland Funds announced a grant of $100,000 to the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) in the United States. This support was timely to the Coalition as it is the umbrella group for Irish Immigration Centers across the US. The grant is being used to support a humanitarian program of direct support to users of the Centers.
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Music Generation
This combined investment in ‘Phase 2’ of Music Generation will include donations from the proceeds of U2’s The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, as well as donations previously raised for Music Generation through the band’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour in 2015, alongside further philanthropic investment by The Ireland Funds.
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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 piece and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development. On behalf of the organizations doing extraordinary work, we thank you.
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Washington Ireland Program
For over 20 years, the Washington Ireland Program (WIP) has brought college students with the ambition and potential to shape Northern Ireland and Ireland to Washington, DC. By 2018, with the support of The Ireland Funds, WIP will be engaging students to learn from the best in the arts, business and public policy in both Washington DC and New York.
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Young Leaders Summit YLS6 2017
The Young Leaders Summit began, as is tradition, with a welcome party in the Wheeltapper at Fitzpatrick Grand Central hosted by Chairman of The Ireland Funds America, John Fitzpatrick. The gathering opened the Summit, and welcomed more than 150 Young Leaders from chapters across the world.
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