b'ConnectFALL / WINTER / 2019Dear Donors and Friends,I would like to begin by thanking our US Board, worldwide Board members, donors, colleagues and friends for the warm welcome and support that I have received since starting with The Ireland Funds this summer.The experience of meeting so many people who share a common sense of purpose is energizing and the passion is palpable! I look forward to working with you all in the months and years ahead.My primary focus is to build on our strengths and ensure that we stay true to our missionto genuinely impact charitable organizations on the island of Ireland, improving the lives of those we serve and supporting young talent to fulfil their potential.We have a great team and together we continue to refine our organization, our business model, our impact and our focus. There is always room for improvement and we are open to input, direction and guidance from those who share our passion and commitment.Thank you again for your generosity, your compassion, your commitment and your support. Together we will build The Ireland Funds into an organization of which we can be even more proud, expanding our base, staying true to our mission and ensuring we are impactful and sustainable for the future.Connect magazine is a wonderful way to get a glimpse of some of the work that we all do together. The Ireland Funds is you. Without you, we do not exist. With you, we can make a real difference. Together, we can change lives.I look forward to working with you all and thank you again for your continued support.Warm regards,David CroninPresident & CEO,The Ireland Funds Americaconnect 20195'