“In the US, philanthropy – which literally means ‘love of mankind’ – is seen as a way of participating directly in solving society’s ills and needs.” Photograph: Getty

Put simply, philanthropy is the application of private resources to the public good. Yet in Ireland philanthropy is often misunderstood or treated wit(...)

The board, led by chairman John Fitzpatrick,  agreed a $100,000 donation to assist the families of those killed or injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse.

Some 180 donors from 11 countries made the trip to Killarney last week for the worldwide Ireland Funds conference at the five-star Europe Hotel, which(...)

Carol Hartley, Vicki Landua & Rita Derneha from all from Texas as they sign the book of condolences at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin today, for the the six students who died in a balcony collapse in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Fergal Philips

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will celebrate a special Mass in Dublin on Saturday for those affected by the tragedy in Berkeley. Books will also be open(...)

BBC foreign correspondent Fergal Keane, with broadcaster and writer Olivia O’Leary at the Worldwide Ireland Funds ceremony where Mr Keane won the annual literary award. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

BBC foreign correspondent Fergal Keane was on Thursday awarded Worldwide Ireland Funds annual literary award of $25,000. The ceremony took place at M(...)

Keith Wood pictured with his wife Nicola at the annual Ireland Funds’ rugby lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

They were pushing their luck with a Friday the 13th lunch for a guest of honour nicknamed after a horror character, albeit a comic one. But som(...)

The Little Museum of Dublin’s   ‘Irish Times’ exhibition.

The Little Museum of Dublin has secured sponsorship from the Ireland Funds that will enable it to tour some of its exhibitions abroad, beginning wi(...)

Chief executive of the Worldwide Ireland Funds, Kieran McLoughlin (l), Angel Regan (11) from North Belfast and Chairman of the American Ireland Fund, John Fitzpatrick on a visit to Cinemagic, a project in receipt of financial support from the Ireland Funds. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

Governments, civic society and philanthropists must remain focused on achieving a normalised society in Northern Ireland, Kieran McLoughlin, president(...)

 Kieran McLoughlin:    president and chief executive of The American Ireland Fund. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The total remuneration paid to Kieran McLoughlin, the president and chief executive of the American Ireland Fund (AIF), increased by 5.6 per cent in 2(...)

The Department of Finance has advised against the introduction of a scheme which would allow Irish tax exiles to spend more time in Ireland for a substantial lump sum payment

The Department of Finance has advised against the introduction of a scheme which would allow Irish tax exiles to spend more time in Ireland for a subs(...)

 Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, patron of the Wicklow Hospice Foundation at the Magheramore site, Co Wicklow. Picture: Garry O’Neill

The HSE has poured cold water on claims by campaigners in Co Wicklow of an imminent go-ahead for their plans to build a hospice for the county. (...)