Giving as a Family

Jim Callery is well known for his entrepreneurship, leadership and philanthropy, through giving as a family. Anticipating a bleak future for farming, Jim moved into the transport sector and brought the Scania franchise to Ireland in the mid-seventies through his locally-based motor distribution company, The Westward Group. In more recent years Jim has reduced his involvement with the company and began investing more time in local development projects. He is well known for his involvement in the restoration of Strokestown Park House and the Irish National Famine Museum in his home county of Roscommon, both funded by The Westward Group.

Why was the fund set up?

In 2004 during the economic boom, Jim set up a philanthropic fund with us to assist local community projects primarily targeted at his native county of Roscommon. He had realised that although a lot of people and families in Ireland had become much better off due to the economic boom, there were still a lot of worthy causes and local Voluntary Community Groups out there who need much help.

Jim speaking about giving as a family:

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What was the impact of the Callery family fund?

Since starting the fund in 2006, the Callery’s have given over €70,000 to their home county of Roscommon. Here are just some of the impacts of the Callery family fund and how giving as a family can create real impact.

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The Callery’s were awarded the Brian Wilson Philanthropist of the year award in 2014 for their commitment to philanthropy throughout the years and for their ongoing commitment to giving back to their own community in Roscommon.

Who else do The Community Foundation for Ireland work with?

The Foundation works with a number of families to create long- term sustainable impact to causes that matters to them. Please click here to see more information on Family Giving. 

Would you like to set up a fund with The Community Foundation for Ireland?

If you would like to contact our Fund Development team directly:

Jackie Harrison, Head of Development: 01 874 7354

Niall O’ Sullivan, Fund Development Adviser : 01 874 7354