The Ireland Funds donates €11,000 to Longford non-profit organisations
Since the onset of Covid-19, The Ireland Funds, the global philanthropic network, has provided €11,000 in funding to two charitable causes in county Longford through The Ireland Funds Covid-19 Response Fund, its emergency fund that provided immediate interventions and The Ireland Funds Heart of the Community Fund, which provides critical and timely funding to a wide range of not-for-profit organisations.
Through The Ireland Funds Covid-19 Response Fund Longford Women’s Link received support and through The Ireland Funds Heart of the Community Fund, Lus na Gréine Family Resource Centre CLG received support.
Through its extensive global network, The Ireland Funds has harnessed the generosity of the Irish diaspora to assist charitable causes and communities hardest hit by the pandemic.
The organisation is strategically embedded in the Irish charity sector and as a result donations were swiftly dispersed.
With limited resources and collapsing fundraising streams, many charities have struggled to deliver their services over the past 18 months.
The Ireland Funds is strategically positioned within the non-profit sector and was able to swiftly identify and prioritise vital areas of impact including food distribution; disability support; domestic and child abuse; elderly services; access to education; mental health and community support.
As the country begins to recover from the pandemic, The Ireland Funds continues to support a huge variety of non-profits in the face of unprecedented challenges.
Tara Farrell, CEO, Longford Women’s Link said: “Longford Women’s Link is a community organisation and social enterprise that works to connect women with the resources to help improve and change their own and their families’ lives. Longford Women’s Link’s Domestic Violence Service (LWLDVS) has seen an unparalleled increase in demand for assistance and funding has allowed LWL to employ a designated relief staff member for 12 weeks to respond to the surge in demand and provide women and their children with vital and time-sensitive support.”
Darren Ryan, Vice President and Director Ireland of The Ireland Funds, said: “The Ireland Funds is proud to support the Longford non-profit community with funds of €11,000 over the past 18 months through our Covid-19 Response Fund and the Heart of the Community Fund. The global diaspora has responded incredibly to the need in Longford and also throughout Ireland.
"Despite not being able to travel to Ireland, it has stepped up to support great Irish causes through our global network. This generosity highlights the network of people around the world that are supporting Longford and Ireland when we need it most. We are extremely grateful to the donors who have supported us. Much like the rest of the world, Ireland has faced unprecedented challenges over the past 18 months. Non-profit organisations on the island of Ireland have responded incredibly to the extreme challenges they have faced, continuing to provide essential services to those in need.”
Organisations across the island of Ireland that The Ireland Funds has supported during the pandemic include ALONE, Barnardos, DePaul, FoodCloud, The Irish Wheelchair Association, Jigsaw, Age NI, FareShare NI, Kinship Care NI and Fighting Words NI. The Ireland Funds has also supported a number of regional non-profit organisations based in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Longford, Leitrim, Belfast and Derry.
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