Kieran McLoughlin, the Chief Executive Officer, will leave his position at the global philanthropic network, Ireland Funds.
Kieran McLoughlin, CEO of the Ireland Funds, has stepped down from his position to pursue other interests. In a statement the Ireland Funds board confirmed his departure.
“The Board of Directors of The Ireland Funds has accepted the resignation of Worldwide President & CEO Kieran McLoughlin. We acknowledge McLoughlin's years of service to the organization, and we respect his decision. The Ireland Funds has begun the search process for a new President & CEO. Caitriona Fottrell will assist with the transition,” the statement said.
McLoughlin has worked for the organization for 22 years, ten of which were as CEO based in New York. During his decade as boss the organization enjoyed a period of massive and sustained growth. $300 million was raised, one half of everything the Funds raised over its 40-year history.
In response to the financial crash in 2009 McLoughlin launched the Promising Ireland Campaign to raise $100 million for struggling Irish charities. The campaign topped off at more than twice that goal.
The Funds’ reach and influence grew also. It honored two sitting vice presidents within months of each other, Joe Biden as he left office and Mike Pence just after the inauguration of Donald Trump. The Ireland Funds is now the network of choice for powerful Irish anywhere.
McLoughlin also made The Funds more accessible and relevant especially by establishing its Young Leaders program. This has connected the next generation of leaders of Irish America more closely to Ireland and the tradition of giving back.
He is thought to be considering an opportunity in the international media space.