Goal THREE • Ireland Campus
To further USG's core objectives of "linking the University System with other parts of the world" and “providing the international perspective and cross-cultural competence required for Georgians to participate fully and effectively as leaders in a global society,” the Center for Irish Research and Teaching aspires to develop and maintain for Georgia Southern University — and that entity's sibling institutions — a facility in Ireland comparable to Kennesaw State University's Montepulciano campus in Italy and the University of Georgia's Oxford campus in England.
Goal FOUR • Intensified Engagement
Committed to the economic and cultural advancement of Georgia's Coastal Region, the Center for Irish Research and Teaching seeks to make more complete, effective, and sustainable its service to stakeholders, both new and well-established. The latter coterie includes but is not limited to: multiple Irish-heritage organizations in the Savannah-Hilton Head zone; the Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee; the Savannah Economic Development Authority/World Trade Center Savannah; and the Atlanta-based Consulate of Ireland for the Southeastern United States.
Gaol FIVE • Financial Autonomy
With an entrepreneurial ethos, the Center for Irish Research and Teaching pushes to attain fiscal self-sufficiency by securing endowments, the interest on which can fully fund, on an annual basis: the unit's operating expenses; at least five study-in-Ireland scholarships; at least five other Irish Studies scholarships; a scholar-in-residence position; and two named professorships. It also endeavors to obtain the gift of a historic building in the city of Savannah so it can partner with various private and public entities to establish that space as an Irish Cultural Hub or Institute for Savannah, the most Irish city in the Southeastern United States.
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Tabhartais Atá In-Asbhainteach Ó Thaobh Cánach
To make the Center for Irish Research and Teaching possible, tax-deductible donations remain vital. Although an E&G budget request was submitted to the relevant oversight administrator (the Dean of the former College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences) annually every academic/financial year from 1995-96 to 2017-18, no funds were allotted. Given the above challenge, CIRT maintains a limited, strategically designed range of accounts at the Georgia Southern University Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation. Six in number, the accounts are listed below. To contribute, click here to open the Foundation's online giving portal. In the dialogue box labelled "Processing Instructions," type the number and name of the Irish Studies account you wish to support — and thank you.
To discuss a potential gift, please contact the CIRT director directly by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; (912) 478-0221. Alternatively, you are most welcome to interface with Trip Addison, Vice President for University Advancement and External Affairs, who is also President of the Georgia Southern University Foundation: email@example.com; (912) 478-5331.
Fund 0496 • Irish Studies General Fund
Fund 0777 • Fred and Donna Sanders for Irish Studies Lectures and Performances
Fund 0968 • Wexford-Savannah Axis Research Fund
Fund 3760 • Helen Ryan Collins Memorial Scholarship in Irish Studies
Fund 3604 • Eddie Ivie Scholarship for Study in Ireland
Fund 0650 • Dr. Gary B. Sullivan Irish Studies Scholarship
Honest Disclosure: How Georgia Southern Manages Your Donation
Several donors have asked for a gift-management statement on our website, and we are delighted to oblige. In general, 95% of your donation is transferred directly to the Center for Irish Research and Teaching. In other words, the Georgia Southern University Foundation assesses a 5% gift-reinvestment fee on non-endowed gifts. This one-time fee is applied to a gift at the end of the month during which it’s received. The 5% fee is redirected to college development officers to support their travel expenses and to pay for alumni-relations events and donor-relations activities. In the case of endowed funds (such as the Eddie Ivie Scholarship for Study in Ireland), a 1% service fee based on the account’s fair market value is assessed by the Foundation on July 1 each year to support the university’s operational needs related to philanthropic growth.
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