Atlantic Philanthropies

About Atlantic



The Atlantic Philanthropies are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people.


We have made grants totalling more than $6.5 billion as of the end of 2013.

Lasting Changes

For more than 30 years, Atlantic has made grants to advance opportunity and lasting change for those who are unfairly disadvantaged or vulnerable to life's circumstances.

As a limited life foundation, we make grants through our Ageing, Children & Youth, Population Health, Reconciliation & Human Rights, and Founding Chairman Programmes.

We are active in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the United States. We made our final grants in Australia in 2011, and in Bermuda, South Africa and Viet Nam in 2013. 

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What We Believe

At the heart of our work is the belief that all people have the right to opportunity, equity and dignity.

We are committed to achieving these outcomes by supporting exceptional leaders and organisations to make lasting improvements in the lives of people who have been denied these opportunities and rights. More >

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Giving While Living

In keeping with the Giving While Living philosophy of our founder, Charles "Chuck" Feeney, we believe in making large investments to capitalise on significant opportunities to solve urgent problems now, so they are less likely to become larger, more entrenched and more expensive challenges later.

We also seek to encourage others of significant wealth to engage in major philanthropic pursuits in their lifetime. To these ends, we will become the largest foundation in history to conclude our grantmaking in our donor's lifetime. We will distribute our entire endowment and close our doors by 2020. More >