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Stars Give to Revamp Irish Cultural Hub through American Ireland Fund



American Ireland Fund

Formerly based in Belvedere, California, Michael T. Jackson now resides in Florida. Before making Belvedere, California, and later Florida, his home, he spent his childhood in Ireland. Michael T. Jackson supports charitable causes including the American Ireland Fund, which he serves as a board member.

Irish artists and personalities, including actress Roma Downey, who donated $1 million through the American Ireland Fund, are avid supporters of the redevelopment of the Irish Arts Center.

The City of New York, as well as the Irish government, has also pledged major funding to revamp the center and make it the main Irish cultural hub in the United States. Actors Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne are also strong supporters of the reportedly $62 million rehabilitation of the Irish Arts Center.

According to the Sunday Independent, construction of the new facility will commence in autumn and will take about two years to finish. By the end of the period, the Irish Arts Center will have a sleek new theater that can fit 199 people and permit larger productions. The new center is also expected to boost audiences to 120,000 a year.


The Fledgling Fund’s Engagement Lab Promotes Engagement and Outreach


The Fledgling Fund pic

The Fledgling Fund
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Michael T. Jackson is a former resident of Belvedere, California, and the founder of SFG Asset Advisors. Now retired, Michael T. Jackson spends much of his time working with various charitable and community organizations. Over the years, the former Belvedere resident has partnered with many nonprofit organizations including The Fledgling Fund, which helps to fund and develop documentary films focused on social issues such as equal access to healthcare, education, and gender equality.

The Fledgling Fund seeks to address issues that affect vulnerable populations through a variety of programs and creative media projects. One of the foundation’s programs is the Fledgling Engagement Lab. The goal of the Lab is to provide support for documentary filmmakers who want to increase their audience engagement level and create larger social impact through their projects. Focused on working with a small number of film teams, the Lab supports each project and brings in experts to help filmmakers create better strategies for reaching and engaging their desired audience.

First launched in 2014, the Fledgling Engagement Lab was financially supported by the Dobkin Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation. It works with documentary film projects that are still in their early stages and are backed by committed and collaborative film teams. Each team participates in the Lab through a combination of online and in-person meetings and focused residencies.

Napa Medical Research Foundation’s Focus on Sever’s Disease


Napa Medical Research Foundation Image: napamedicalresearch.org

Napa Medical Research Foundation
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An entrepreneur and investor, Michael T. Jackson, a former Belvedere, CA resident, has decades of experience in emerging growth markets and running successful hedge fund operations. In 2002, Michael T. Jackson moved from Belvedere and now resides in Florida, where he remains actively engaged in a variety of philanthropic projects and initiatives. Most recently, he founded the Napa Medical Research Foundation, which conducts research in the area of regenerative healing and minimally invasive treatments.

One of the Napa Medical Research Foundation’s focus areas is research on Sever’s disease, a condition that affects children between the ages of 7-12. Sever’s disease is manifested by pain in the heel and Achilles tendon, which occurs when the heel bone grows faster than the surrounding muscles and ligaments.

The symptoms include limping, tenderness, tightness and swelling in the affected area. The Napa Medical Research Foundation has developed a specialized 12-week exercise program that may resolve all symptoms of the condition, replacing less effective orthotics and cast-boots, and allowing affected children a much faster return to sports and physical activities.