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Irish American Partnership

Honoring Our Heritage, Investing in Ireland's Future

Boston, MA   |  www.irishap.org

Mission

Dedicated to connecting Irish America and friends of Ireland to their heritage through targeted giving – we invest in education, community development, and peace initiatives across the island of Ireland. Since our inception in 1986, our supporters have raised over $50 million for young people and communities, North and South, empowering and educating the next generation of global leaders. The Partnership is a dynamic grassroots organization endorsed by leaders across business, education, community, and government sectors.

Ruling year info

1987

CEO

Ms. Mary Sugrue

Main address

15 Broad Street Suite 210

Boston, MA 02109 USA

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EIN

22-2801642

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our vision is a peaceful and equitable Ireland where every young person has the resources they need to learn and to grow.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Direct Grants to Schools

The Partnership provides direct grants to Irish schools for literacy, math, and science teaching materials. These are mainly awarded to small, rural primary schools that are in great need of additional funding.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Irish government only added science to the primary school curriculum in 2003, leaving many current teachers untrained and ill-equipped to teach science to their pupils. Thus, the Partnership works with St. Patrick's Teaching College and Mary Immaculate College to bring science teacher training to rural areas, building confidence in this vital subject. For more information, visit: http://www.irishap.org/science-teacher-training.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Partnership supports the RDS Primary Science Fairs in Dublin and Limerick. The RDS Primary Science Fairs aim to develop students’ scientific skills and curiosity. They are a venue for students to develop numeracy and literacy skills, exchange ideas, and for teachers to gain a professional network of contacts to share best practices. While common in the United States, primary school science fairs are new to Ireland and thus provide a valuable opportunity for students to develop a passion for science, which is vital to the future of the Irish economy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Partnership funds Access Scholarship Programs at Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University of Limerick, Maynooth University, Queen's University, and Ulster University. Access scholarships target historically underrepresented student populations, guaranteeing that modern Irish universities have a student body that is as richly diverse as the country itself. Most of these disadvantaged students would not be able to attend college without financial support, so the grants are crucial in ensuring equal opportunity for all Irish students to receive a college education. University Access Programs also provide vital counseling services and tutoring to help students acclimate once they get to school.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

To address its high unemployment rate and increasingly service-based economy, Ireland needs a job training program for the 21st century. This is why the Partnership funds programs such as Fast Track to Information Technology (FIT). FIT provides employment learning for unemployed people looking for work in the tech sector. Rather than training people only for the top level positions, FIT provides training for stable, middle level employment, giving companies people with the skills they need while employing thousands who would otherwise be out of work.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people

In keeping with our mission to empower future Irish leaders, the Partnership accepts designated contributions to Irish organizations that promote education, employment, or community development.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to deepen the connection between the people of Ireland and America through targeted investment across the island, honoring our heritage by educating and empowering Irelands youth.

For almost 40 years, the Partnership has made direct, targeted gifts to schools, universities, and grassroots organizations throughout the country.

The ONeill School Grant program was designed with the assistance of the Irish Department of Education to help primary schools in Ireland by donating funds to enhance the literacy and science & math materials available for young students. The program encourages Irish Americans to go back to their roots, to the place from which their ancestors came, and give something back to the young people who live there today.

The Partnership supports university access programs throughout Ireland, including Dublin City University, Queens University, Trinity College, Ulster University, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Technological University Dublin, University College Cork, University of Limerick, University College Dublin, and Maynooth University. These programs provide scholarships to socioeconomically disadvantaged and historically excluded communities, helping to achieve diversity on campuses, and alleviating financial burdens for students.

The Partnership works together with multiple community Gaelic Athletic Associations, theatres, museums, and cultural centers across Ireland. We support organizations including Kylemore Abbey, the Gaelic Players Association, The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) Belfast, and the Druid Theatre Company, among many others to promote culture within Ireland and in the U.S.

The Partnership works in tandem with programs including Children in Crossfire, Unite Against Hate, Youth Link, Fighting Words Northern Ireland, and 174 Trust in their efforts to promote reconciliation and foster communities with a shared sense of humanity.

We are an original supporter of the RDS Science Blast, the primary school science fair program that equips young learners with the skills they need to thrive in science, technology, engineering, arts and math fields. The Partnership also supports STEAM education at Mary Immaculate College, whose special events programming reaches 12,000 young children annually. In addition, the Partnership supports the development of the teaching of science in primary schools in counties Kilkenny and Clare in conjunction with Dublin City University.

The Integrated Education Fund is a program aimed at integrating schools with primarily Catholic or Protestant roots, encouraging cross-cultural learning and friendship. We share their vision of a Northern Ireland where children from different traditions learn and play together at school, helping build a society where there is respect and celebration of religious and cultural diversity.

The Partnership has pledged $1 million to the Peter McVerry Trust, an organization that aims to eradicate homelessness in Dublin. With Partnership support, the Trust will provide nearly 100 underprivileged young people with a high-quality education at two new learning centers.

Dedicated to connecting Irish America and friends of Ireland to their heritage through targeted giving the Irish American Partnership invests in education, community development, and peace initiatives across the island of Ireland. We are committed to continue our vital support of Ireland's youth.

Since our inception in 1986, our supporters have raised over $53 million for young people and communities, North and South, empowering and educating the next generation of global leaders and benefiting more than 650 schools, universities and community organizations:
University Scholarships
Community Organizations
Enhancing STEAM Education
Programs of Peace and Reconciliation
Education Centers for Homeless Youth
Integrated Education in Northern Ireland
Irish Arts, Sports & Cultural Heritage Programs

We connect Irish students, schools, and organizations with our passionate supporters who want to help regions and programs in Ireland to make a real and vital impact.

For almost 40 years, Irish American Partnership supporters have impacted tens of thousands of young people across Ireland, North and South. By investing in Ireland's future, its youth, our members honor their Irish heritage and connect back to a place they hold dear with direct, targeted grants.

We empower the next generation by equipping teachers and community leaders with the resources they need to educate and inspire.
We invest in the people, culture, and ideas that build a peaceful and prosperous Ireland, one that preserves the Irish way of life we cherish while also creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all.
We strengthen the global Irish community by linking the diaspora back to the island of Ireland.
We value transparency and efficiency, showing where each dollar is spent and the impact you have.

Financials

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Irish American Partnership

Board of directors
as of 04/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Clune

Clune Construction Company

Term: 2016 -

Michael Clune

David Greaney

Thomas Leonard

Donal O'Brien

Kathleen O'Toole

Bruce Robinson

Niall Power Smith

Mary Sugrue

Dessie Farrell

Brian Ruane

Lorna Martyn

Maureen Pace

Michael Kilbane

Regina Sullivan

Jim Kelliher

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/26/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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