For the fourth consecutive year, The American Ireland Fund (AIF) has received a coveted 4-out-of-4 star rating for rigorous fiscal management, transparency and governance from Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator. It places The American Ireland Fund in an elite group of only 8% of charities that have achieved the top rating for four consecutive years.

Commenting, President & CEO of The Worldwide Ireland Funds Kieran McLoughlin said: “In the USA, not-for-profit bodies stand or fall on the basis of their transparency and governance.  Donors quite rightly have full access to information on revenues, costs and impact.  We are so grateful to our donors whose generosity made this rating possible and placed us in the top tier.”

As part of The Worldwide Ireland Funds, The American Ireland Fund is now one of the largest private funders of the not-for-profit sector across the island of Ireland. Their current Promising Ireland Campaign has raised close to $200 million for charities serving Ireland and Irish communities abroad.

The American Ireland Fund is part of The Worldwide Ireland Funds, a philanthropic network across 12 countries that has raised over $490 million for worthy causes in Ireland and Irish causes around the world. It is the largest network of friends of Ireland dedicated to supporting programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development. Founded in 1976, The Worldwide Ireland Funds have benefited over 3,000 organizations. Funds raised are contributed by private sources - individuals, 

Charity Navigator is the leading charity evaluator in America. Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger's Financial Magazine, among others, have profiled Charity Navigator’s unique method of applying data-driven analysis to the charitable sector. Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator has become America’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. 

Charity Navigator's rating system examines two broad areas of a charity's performance; their Financial Health and their Accountability & Transparency. Their ratings show givers how efficiently they believe a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information.

All of Charity Navigator’s analyses are publicly available. It is estimated that last year Charity Navigator influenced approximately $10 billion in charitable gifts.

AIF CEO and president Kieran McLoughlin.Irish Independent