The Worldwide Ireland Funds $100 Million Campaign Ahead of Target as Global Drive Gets Single Gift of $3 Million

Mar 16, 2011, 10:04 ET from The American Ireland Fund

NEW YORK, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Worldwide Ireland Funds today announced that their Promising Ireland Campaign, a fundraising initiative with a goal of raising $100 million among its global network on four continents by the end of 2013, has received a $3 million gift.

This gift, from Loretta Brennan Glucksman -- Chairman of The American Ireland Fund and the Promising Ireland Campaign – brings the total raised to $50 million and is a key milestone in bringing the Campaign towards its overall goal of raising $100 million.

The Promising Ireland Campaign is helping charitable and non-profit organizations across the island of Ireland and Irish communities abroad meet the challenge of increased demand for their services at a time of major reductions in resources. Funds are being distributed as they are raised over the course of the Campaign in order to assist charities with their immediate needs.

Speaking on behalf of the twelve Ireland Funds participating in the global Campaign, President and CEO of The Worldwide Ireland Funds, Kieran McLoughlin said, "It is a testament to the generosity and concern of the worldwide Irish family that we have reached this milestone in our campaign three months early. Led by Loretta Brennan Glucksman - our Chairman and one of Ireland's most generous friends - the campaign is supporting immediate needs in Ireland in the most innovative and imaginative ways. We are helping the Irish at their best meet the times at their worst. Ireland will recover and our donors are helping to accelerate that process."

The Promising Ireland Campaign has already assisted over 200 projects since it began its quiet phase in 2009. Irish organizations facing financial hardship have confirmed the impact of the Campaign. "When we heard the money was coming in from The Ireland Funds, the parents couldn't believe it," said a parent from the Saplings Schools for Children with Autism in Dublin, one of the beneficiaries of the Promising Ireland Campaign.  "We were just at a state of play where we didn't know what our next move was to get funding…the money from The Ireland Funds changed everything and it took a huge amount of pressure off the parents."  

As St. Patrick's Day is celebrated around the world, The Worldwide Ireland Funds are holding events in 16 cities across 6 countries attended by over 6,000 supporters. It is projected that these events will raise over $2.5 million for the Promising Ireland Campaign. On March 16 in Washington D.C., An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D., Prime Minister of Ireland will deliver the keynote address to The American Ireland Fund's National Gala.  It will be his first address in the United States since his election.

About The Worldwide Ireland Funds 

The Worldwide Ireland Funds are an international charitable network operating in 12 countries and have raised over $350 million for worthy causes in Ireland and around the world.  The mission of The Ireland Funds is to be the largest worldwide network of people of Irish ancestry and friends of Ireland dedicated to raising funds to support programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland. Founded in 1976, they have assisted over 1,200 organizations.

The priority areas of The Worldwide Ireland Funds are: 

  • Supporting a shared future in Northern Ireland
  • Promoting Philanthropy in Ireland
  • Providing Access to Education 
  • The Promotion of Irish Culture and Heritage
  • Assisting Disadvantaged Youth
  • Assisting the Elderly 'Forgotten Irish'

In 2010, the following organizations were among those assisted by the work of The Worldwide Ireland Funds:

174 Trust

Abbey School

Aisling Irish Community Center New York

American Irish Historical Society

An Cosan - The Shanty Education Project

An Taisce

Autism Speaks

Ballinglen Arts Foundation

Bantry Inshore Search and Rescue Association

Barretstown Camp

Belvedere Youth Club


Chicago Irish Immigration Support

Children's Sunshine Home - Laura Lynn House


Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers

Concern Worldwide


Co-operation Ireland

Crumlin Children's Hospital

Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland

Dublin Jewish Board of Guardians

Dublin Talmud Torah

Emerald Isle Immigration Center

Fighting Words

Front Line

Gate Theatre

Glenstal Abbey


Haven - The Haiti Appeal

Inner City Scholarship Fund

Integrated Education Fund

Intercom Enterprize

Ireland Chamber of Commerce - United States

Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh

Ireland-US Council

Irish Arts Center

Irish Charities Tax Research Group

Irish Cultural Center of New England

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

Irish Immigration Center

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Irish Repertory Theatre

Irish Seed Saver Association

Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Jack and Jill Children's Foundation

Jewish Home of Ireland

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

Keltic Dreams

Lyric Theatre

Mary Immaculate College

Music Generation

National College of Ireland

Native Woodland Trust

New York Irish Center - Forgotten Irish Appeal

NUI Galway

Origin Theater

Our Lady's Boys Club

PeacePlayers International

Pushkin Prizes Trust

Railway Preservation Society

Royal Hibernian Academy

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Museum

Saplings School for Children with Autism

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Special Olympics Ireland

Springboard Opportunities

St. Patrick's College - Teachnet

Temple Street Children's Fund for Health

Trinity College Dublin

Tuesday's Children

UCD Michael Smurfit Business School

University College Cork

University of Limerick

West Cork Chamber Festival

Whitegates Community

SOURCE The American Ireland Fund