Category: Community Outreach

The Ireland Funds’ Young Leaders Society

Young Leaders Society

A seasoned entrepreneur and investor, former Belvedere, California, resident Michael T. Jackson focuses on hedge fund management and emerging markets. At around the time he left Belvedere for Florida, Michael T. Jackson established SFG Asset Advisors. Moreover, he serves on the Board of Directors of The American Ireland Fund, which is part of The Ireland Funds.

The Ireland Funds counts the Young Leaders Society (YLS) among its programs. Attracting young professionals between the ages of 25 and 40, the YLS develops the next generation of leaders and philanthropists while placing an emphasis on connecting with modern Ireland. Collectively, YLS members contribute significantly to the fundraising efforts of The Ireland Funds.

In return for their efforts, YLS members receive free or discounted admission to a range of Irish cultural events annually. Additionally, each member receives an invitation to The Ireland Funds Conference, which takes place each year in Ireland, and The Young Leaders Society Annual Summit in New York City. During such events, YLS members can network with peers and global leaders in fields such as government, finance, and technology.

Grants and Special Initiatives at the Fledgling Fund

The Fledgling Fund pic

The Fledgling Fund

A former resident of Belvedere, California, Michael T. Jackson is the founder of SFG Asset Advisors in San Francisco. After a long and successful career in the financial sector, Mr. Jackson retired and moved to Florida in 2002. Since then, he has been actively involved in a variety of charitable initiatives. Passionate about equal access to healthcare and education, human rights, social justice and women’s issues, Michael T. Jackson supports many nonprofit organizations, including the innovative efforts of The Fledgling Fund.

A private foundation established by Diana Barrett, The Fledgling Fund sponsors grants for documentary filmmakers from around the world. Grant recipients use the funding to create films and inspire social change at all levels of society, with a special focus on the underserved and underprivileged population.

In conjunction with The Fledgling Fund, Michael T. Jackson has supported numerous documentary films such as “Sin by Silence” (advocating for legal rights of domestic violence survivors), “Bully” (dedicated to raising awareness about bullying in U.S. schools), “Escape Fire” (spotlighting problems facing American healthcare system), “Inequality for All” and “American Winter” (raising awareness about poverty, economic inequality & the need for adequate social support system in the U.S.), and many other socially-minded projects.

To learn more about grants and special initiatives of The Fledgling Fund, visit