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The Northern Ireland Foundation is a shared future in action. Established in Belfast in 2008, it works as a catalyst for positive change in Northern Ireland and other divided societies around the world. The Foundation helps people to transform conflicts themselves, and has brought business and civic leaders together to discuss Northern Ireland's prospects for a more prosperous future.
Volunteer journalists write about constructive community relations work, and their articles are published in the Foundations' online newspaper, Our Future Together.
These private and public discussions have contributed to an improving standard of public policy, with the people of Northern Ireland demanding more from their elected representatives.
The Northern Ireland Foundation has increased volunteerism, through collaboration with Volunteer Now. Dozens have contributed to the organisation's work directly, with more assisting other local organisations.
The organisation is improving civic leadership, through projects such as a community development course with Ulster University, and a new digital fact checking platform, FactCheckNI, partnering with Transformative Connections as part of a civic activism programme by Building Change Trust.
The Forum for Cities in Transition, initiated by Professor Padraig O'Malley at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, is an international network of mayors, business people, and representatives of local government, and the voluntary and community sector.
The Northern Ireland Foundation serves the Forum, enabling its members to assist each other through action-based programmes. It has facilitated new links between 15 Forum cities, including working exchange visits on policing, economic development and community relations.
The Northern Ireland Foundation is committed to progress at home and abroad, in a culture of respect among all individuals and identities.
Last updated: July 2015