The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has selected AMA Charity Services to handle all inbound donation calls for its 2006 Valentine Appeal. The Valentine Appeal is raising £1 million to fund 30 new BHF Heart Nurses. At present, there are 217 of these specialist nurses across the UK - fully supported and funded by BHF.
The Community Foundation for Ireland's small Grants Scheme is now accepting applications for its first round of Grants in 2006. Applications are open to Community & Voluntary groups within the Republic of Ireland.
The priority areas for the years 2004 - 2006 are to assist projects working to respond to Isolation and to develop a more Diverse society.
The Modernisation Fund in Northern Ireland, which has £2 million to distribute in its first round, will announce its first grants round in April. The Modernisation Fund was established to help community and voluntary sector organisations form partnerships, explore new ways of working and make themselves more efficient.
The Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Dermot Ahern T.D., and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Mr Peter Hain MP, have welcomed a new initiative by the International Fund for Ireland to promote reconciliation in the North and border counties.
UK Fundraising has expanded its services for fundraisers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Job vacancies, including an Ireland-only search tool, together with recruitment agencies and suppliers serving fundraisers throughout Ireland are now available on the site.
Northern Ireland's top local roaster, Johnsons Coffee, is inviting charities and voluntary groups to gain in kind support for fundraising activities. Local roaster, Johnsons Coffee, is offering sponsorship to charities and voluntary organsations to support fundraising activities.
U2 singer and Third World campaigner Bono has called on business to do more to help in the fight against AIDS. The call came as Bono launched the new American Express RED card at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Quinlan Private, the investment vehicle controlled by financier Derek Quinlan, has pledged $1.35 million to help fund the US-Ireland Alliance, an Irish American charity. Quinlan Private includes many of Ireland's wealthy within its ranks and has been in the news recently for acquiring prestigious buildings in London and New York.