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Founded in 1976, The Worldwide Ireland Funds currently operate in 12 countries and have raised over $430 million for more than 1,200 outstanding organisations. In response to the severe downturn in the Irish economy, The Worldwide Ireland Funds launched the Promising Ireland Campaign in 2009 to raise $100 million by the end of 2013 in support of charities that are experiencing an increased demand for their services at a time of a major reduction in resources.
The initial campaign goal of $100 million was reached 19 months early and the goal was revised to $140 million, requiring the Funds to raise $1 million a month until December 2013. The campaign’s title, Promising Ireland, reflects the Funds’ pledge to these groups as well as their belief in Ireland’s future. Over 350 outstanding projects and organisations have received support from the Promising Ireland Campaign.
The annual Ireland Fund conference, 2012 was held in County Cork, Ireland. The highlight of the conference was a rousing speech by former President Bill Clinton. Next year’s Worldwide Ireland Fund Conference will take place on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of June in the K Club, Co Kildare, Ireland. For more information please contact Nicki Lynch on firstname.lastname@example.org