The Ireland Funds

The Ireland Funds America

The Ireland Funds America is a nonprofit organization that assists the island of Ireland and Irish-related causes in the United States. The Ireland Funds currently operates in 12 countries and has raised over $550 million for more than 3,000 outstanding organizations. Their mission is to harness the power of a global philanthropic network of friends of Ireland to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development across the island of Ireland and among Irish communities around the world.


Green Berets

The President authorized the “Green Beret” as the official headgear for all US Army Special Forces and these Unconventional Warriors were thereafter and ever known as “The Green Berets." Presently, there are 5,500 active duty green berets, with 1,100 more in the National Guard. They are tasked with six primary missions, including unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, hostage rescue, and counter-terrorism.

Caroline Kennedy addresses the 2011 New Frontier Award held at the Harvard IOP.

Harvard Institute of Politics

A memorial to President Kennedy, the Institute of Politics' mission is to unite and engage students, particularly undergraduates, with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a non-partisan basis and to stimulate and nurture their interest in public service and leadership. The Institute strives to promote greater understanding and cooperation between the academic world and the world of politics and public affairs. Led by a Director, Senior Advisory Board, Student Advisory Committee, and staff, the Institute provides wide-ranging opportunities for both Harvard students and the general public.

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JFK 50 Mile Memorial

The JFK 50 mile ultra marathon was first held in the spring of 1963. At that time, it was one of numerous such 50 mile events held around the country as part of President John F. Kennedy's push to bring the country back to physical fitness. President Kennedy's initial inspiration for the event derived from his challenge to the country's military officers to meet the same fitness requirements for officers as established by President Theodore Roosevelt at the dawn of the 20th century.

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JFK and Disabilities

In the twenty years following the Kennedy administration, Congress passed 116 acts or amendments providing support for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Established in 1966 by President Johnson, the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (formally called the President's Committee on Mental Retardation) still exists today, providing advice to the president and to the secretary of Health and Human Services. President Kennedy and his family forever changed public attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities. Their influence on related policies and programs can still be seen today.


Kennedy Center for the Arts

President John F. Kennedy was a lifelong supporter and advocate of the arts and frequently steered the public discourse toward what he called "our contribution to the human spirit." Kennedy placed his administration firmly behind the endeavor, taking the lead in raising funds for the new "National Cultural Center" and holding special White House luncheons and receptions focused on the arts. President Kennedy also appointed his wife, Jacqueline, and Mrs. Eisenhower as honorary co-chairwomen of the institution.

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Kennedy Scholars

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, an appeal was launched in the United Kingdom to enable British citizens to donate to a fund in the late President’s memory. This money was used to grant a fund to enable British post-graduate students to study at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and to create a landscaped memorial at Runnymede.


Apollo 11 Moon Landing

On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts—Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr.—realized President Kennedy's dream. At 8:18 p.m. ET, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first two individuals to ever land on the moon. Six hours later, Neil Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface.


NAVY Seals

The United States Navy's Sea, Air, and Land Teams, commonly known as Navy SEALs, were established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 as a small, elite maritime military force to conduct Unconventional Warfare. They carry out the types of clandestine, small-unit, high-impact missions that large forces with high-profile platforms (such as ships, tanks, jets and submarines) cannot. SEALs also conduct essential on-the-ground Special Reconnaissance of critical targets for imminent strikes by larger conventional forces.


Peace Corps

Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

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The Situation Room

The Situation Room was created after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion during the Kennedy administration. President Kennedy felt he could no longer trust the information coming to him from the various areas of the national defense departments. As a way to ease the tensions and create a place for higher communication after the Bay of Pigs, President Kennedy’s national security advisor, McGeorge Bundy, created the Situation Room in May of 1961. To create space for the Situation Room, President Truman’s bowling alley was removed.


USS John F. Kennedy

At an official naming ceremony at the JFK Library on Sunday May 29th, 2011, the US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the nuclear powered aircraft carrier, CVN79, would be called the USS John F. Kennedy. The announcement was made on what would have been the 94th birthday of John F. Kennedy. Attending the ceremony were Caroline Kennedy, her husband Ed Schlossberg, and President Kennedy’s grandchildren Rose, Tatiana, and Jack Schlossberg, who all helped unveil the model.


JFK50 Voices

The legacy of President John F. Kennedy and his administration continues to resonate in today's society. This is a collection of short interviews with leading figures in politics, science and innovation, the arts, diplomacy, and civil rights discussing how President Kennedy influenced them and their work.