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The Ireland Funds – Inspiring a Generation of Young Musicians


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The Ireland Funds
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Michael T. Jackson resided in Belvedere, California from 1994 to 2002. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. While he and his wife moved from Belvedere to Florida several years ago, much of their family continues to live in California’s Bay Area. Michael T. Jackson focuses on a number of philanthropic causes and serves on the Board of Directors for the US chapter of The Ireland Funds.

Founded in 1976, The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network involved with Irish-related causes across the globe. Through chapters in 12 countries, the organization has raised more than $550 million to fund various programs, including Music Generation.

Music Generation is a music education project established in 2009 in partnership with the rock band U2, which was formed in Dublin and has become one of the best-known groups in the world. U2 and The Ireland Funds sponsored the program with gifts of over €7 million, deemed as the single largest charitable donation to music education in Ireland’s history.

Through the program, tens of thousands of young people have been able to access subsidized tuition for musical training within their localities. Moreover, in excess of 350 job opportunities opened to musicians who were employed to help deliver the program across the country.

Since its initial development, the program has received a second round of major funding from U2, The Ireland Funds, and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, as well as a commitment from the Irish government to co-fund the program in the future.


The Ireland Funds Grant to the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers

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A graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in finance, Michael T. Jackson is a former resident of Belvedere, California, and a pioneer in the hedge fund sector. Since moving to Florida from Belvedere, Michael T. Jackson has continued his support of the American Ireland Fund, which is part of the global network of The Ireland Funds.

Established in 1976, The Ireland Funds support and promote organizations and initiatives that foster peace and facilitate higher educational standards and increased cultural understanding in Ireland. To date, The Ireland Funds have distributed more than $550 million in grants to over 3,000 organizations around the world.

In March 2017, The Ireland Funds announced the grant of $100,000 to the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers in the United States. The grant will be used to fund the center’s direct humanitarian aid program, which provides Irish immigrants access to help with living costs, legal resources, child care, and medical services.

The Ireland Funds’ Young Leaders Society

Young Leaders Society
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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.