Chuck Feeney dissolves Atlantic Philanthropies after giving away $8bn

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Veteran American entrepreneur Chuck Feeney has signed the papers to dissolve his Atlantic Philanthropies foundation that provided more than $8 billion (€6.8 billion) in grants over the past 38 years. This included $1.3 billion to projects in the Republic and $570 million to projects in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Chuck Feeney’s legacy lives on as philanthropic fund winds down

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Programme leaders from Trinity College Dublin met their benefactor – philanthropist and former billionaire Charles ‘Chuck’ Feeney – at the Global Brain Health Institute conference in San Francisco last week. They were among 70 programme leaders who gathered together from across the globe …” (more)

[Independent, 16 December]

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Chuck Feeney: the billionaire who gave it all away

Posted in Life on March 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Chuck Feeney today is a man of no property. He and his wife Helga live in a modest rented apartment in San Francisco. He has no car or luxuries of any kind. Actually, come to think of it, he has a very nice watch. It is plastic and cost about $15 …” (more)

[Conor O’Clery, Irish Times, 3 March]

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Atlantic quietly closes its doors in Ireland after 30 years of philanthropy

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It ended as it began – quietly, low key, with no fanfare. The Dublin office of Atlantic Philanthropies closed this week as billionaire Chuck Feeney, who gave away his €7 billion fortune through it, would have wanted …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 3 March]

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Chuck Feeney: Giving it all away

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The greatest distraction about Atlantic Philanthropies is, ironically, its founder Charles ‘Chuck’ Feeney, the secretive Irish-American billiona who gave all his money away, yet left nothing behind bearing his name …” (more)

[Liam Collins, Independent, 22 October]

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University of Limerick’s presidential home worth €1.5m remains vacant

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The costs of maintaining two presidential houses owned by the University of Limerick have exceeded €100,000, with one multi-million euro residence left vacant for nearly a decade. The university sparked controversy in 2010 when a second house costing €2.2m and funded by philanthropist Chuck Feeney of Atlantic Philanthropies was built for its president on campus – at a time when it was €3m in debt …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 3 August]

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€6.6bn later … Atlantic Philanthropies holds final Irish board meeting

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has praised Atlantic Philanthropies which is holding its last Irish board meeting after a 30-year grant allocation programme which saw it award amounts totalling €6.6 billion. Mr Varadkar praised the organisation for its contribution to peace in Northern Ireland, support for healthcare, equality, and third-level education, and its help in changing attitudes to the LGBT community …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 26 June]

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Building on the legacy of Chuck Feeney’s philanthropy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As Chuck Feeney’s Atlantic Philanthropies (AP) writes its last cheque, it is timely to reflect on both the scale and impact of its work in Ireland. That scale has certainly been enormous, amounting to €1.2 billion between 1987 and 2014 …” (more)

[Ned Costello, Irish Times, 6 January]

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Ireland has billion reasons to thank Chuck Feeney’s gift of philanthropy

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“It’s the season to celebrate the spirit of giving. MRI scans of the brain show that the ‘joy of giving’ has a real biological basis: in a Harvard study linking charitable giving and happiness, researchers found that when we give, two parts of the brain connected to our dopamine reward circuitry — also stimulated by eating, orgasm, and the sight of our romantic partners — show activity …” (more)

[Ellie O’Byrne, Irish Examiner, 21 December]

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Trinity in line for parting gift from Chuck Feeney

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Irish-American philanthropist Chuck Feeney is planning a major investment in Trinity College Dublin in one of a series of parting gifts before his charitable operations wind down, The Irish Times has learnt …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 18 September]

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What Chuck Feeney’s fistful of dollars did for education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“By 2016 philanthropist Chuck Feeney will have given €1.5 billion to education projects in Ireland. A weighty new photographic book illustrates his generosity here and abroad …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Donations to the University of Limerick up to €13.5m

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Gifts and donations to the University of Limerick Foundation increased by 90%, rising to €13.5m in 2014. The latest accounts filed for the company, which has raised in excess of €200m in philanthropic funding to support the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 30 June]

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Irish universities ‘years behind’ US counterparts in alumni relations

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are in their ‘infancy’ in developing systems of alumni engagement, a conference in Dublin heard this morning. Fundraising experts from Ireland and overseas said colleges here were five to 10 years behind their US counterparts in creating graduate networks …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Secretive ex-billionaire Chuck Feeney gives the last of his fortune to educate Northern Irish children

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2014 by steve

“As a businessman, Chuck Feeney was remorseless in his pursuit of profit, squirreling away his fortune in tax havens and always driving a hard bargain. Having achieved a cash pile of some £4bn, he has been no less assiduous in giving all of it away …” (more)

[Cahal Milmo, Independent, 17 September]

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Irish universities look to graduates for funds as Atlantic goes west

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2014 by steve

“Last year University of Limerick expressed its gratitude to the billionaire philanthropist Chuck Feeney, who helped to build the campus, the sports arena, the library, student and staff accommodation, professorships, scholarships and research laboratories …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Philanthropist Chuck Feeney ‘lost control’ of his own charity in dispute over spending

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2013 by steve

“Billionaire philanthropist Chuck Feeney lost control of the board of his own charitable foundation during a bitter dispute over how to spend his remaining funds, it has been revealed …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 24 August]

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Who is Chuck Feeney?

Posted in Life on December 19th, 2012 by steve

“If you had been studying in the university library on an autumn day a couple of years ago, you might have encountered an elderly gentleman shuffling by, wearing an off-the-peg raincoat, a faded Hawaiian shirt and a cheap plastic watch, and carrying papers in a plastic bag …” (more)

[Megan Liddy, The Gown, 19 December]

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Chuck Feeney: The Billionaire Who Is Trying To Go Broke

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2012 by steve

“On a cool summer afternoon at Dublin’s Heuston Station, Chuck Feeney, 81, gingerly stepped off a train on his journey back from the University of Limerick, a 12,000-student college he willed into existence with his vision, his influence and nearly $170 million in grants …” (more)

[HT: Shane O’Mara]
[Steven Bertoni, Forbes, 19 September]

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Universities Jointly Honour ‘Chuck’ Feeney for his Philanthropic Activities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2012 by steve

“The nine universities in Ireland, North and South, have conferred an honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) on Charles F ‘Chuck’ Feeney, founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies …” (video)

[TCD, YouTube, 7 September]

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Chuck Feeney granted honorary degree

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2012 by steve

“Philanthropist Chuck Feeney has been granted an honorary degree by universities north and south. He was honoured for his contribution to Irish society …” (video)

[TV3 News at 5.30, 6 September]

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