Indy’s Irish Festival committee, an all volunteer 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, was formed in 1996 to host the first festival. Its mission is to preserve, promote and nurture Irish culture, arts, music, and history. The festival has grown significantly over the years and with it, so has the festival’s support of charities and community organizations. Since its inception, the festival has made donations to or helped community organizations raise more than $150,000.
The organizations that have benefited in the past or are benefiting this year include:
In addition to the money raised for the various charities, since 2003, $50,000 has been given directly to students pursuing further study in the area of Celtic dance, music, art or history/language. Cultural grants of $25,000 have also been awarded.