The Hope Foundation USA was established to  raise awareness about, and funds for, projects operated by The Hope Foundation (Ireland) working with street – connect children and vulnerable communities in Kolkata, India.

All funds raised in the USA are restricted and transferred for specific projects. Donors received financial and narrative reports on the projects they support.

HOPE USA is a member of Guidestar, a nonprofit organization that connects people and organizations with information on the programs and finances of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofits.

Examples of Best Practice in Governance

As an organization, The Hope Foundation is open and transparent. HOPE implements international best practice in governance. We recognise our responsibility to you, our donors, sponsors, volunteers and fundraisers.

HOPE is committed to safeguarding children. We implement best practice guidelines and provide child protection training and capacity building for all staff who work directly with children and vulnerable adults.

Our membership of representative organisations ensures that we are supported in keeping up-to-date on procedures, legislation and developments that impact on our work. Some examples of best practice in Governance include:

Details of HOPE USA’s tax filings can be found on the IRS Database of Tax Exempt Organizations – CLICK HERE

HOPE is a signatory of the Comhlámh ‘Code of Good Practice for Volunteer Sending Organizations

Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice is a set of standards for Irish Volunteer Sending Agencies facilitating international placements. The Code is based on a vision of volunteers working in solidarity for a just, equitable and sustainable world. It promotes responsible and responsive volunteering to ensure a positive impact for the overseas project and community, the volunteer and the sending agency.

The Code promotes development education, which enables people to more deeply understand the world around them and to address the root causes of inequality and poverty. Every Volunteer Sending Agency, which is party to the Code of Good Practice, commits to the implementation of the Code’s five values that underpin the work of international volunteer programs. These are solidarity, respect, social justice, ecological sustainability and integrity. Full details of the Code are here.

Comhlámh is a member organization that works to mobilise for an equitable and sustainable world. As the Irish association of development workers and volunteers, Comhlámh promotes responsible international volunteering and development work. We support people in their journey of working for social justice. We work with returned volunteers, partner organizations and member groups to foster just, inclusive societies, through progressive grassroots activism in Ireland and internationally.

More details of Comhlámh work can be found here.

HOPE is a member of Dóchas, the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organization

Through Dóchas, Irish Development NGOs and others come together to share their experiences, and to use those experiences to advance more effective ways to end all forms of poverty and injustice.

HOPE subscribes to the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages.

Find out more about Dóchas here.

HOPE is a member of The Wheel, a leading support and representative network for the community and voluntary sector in Ireland

The Wheel is an authoritative and trusted voice for the charity sector, and are enthusiastically committed to transparency, accountability, and the highest standards of practice and governance.

Find out more about The Wheel here.

HOPE is fully compliant with the Charity Regulator’s Charities Governance Code
The Charities Governance Code is a Code of Practice for good governance of community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland.
HOPE is a member of the Charities Institute Ireland with "Triple Lock" status

The Cii was formed from the merger of ICTR and Fundraising Ireland in 2016 and adheres and implements the ICTR ‘Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising’. We have been awarded ‘Triple Lock’ membership by the Cii, demonstrating our commitment to best practice in all aspects of transparent reporting, ethical fundraising and governance.

Meet the HOPE USA Board

Maureen Forrest

Honorary Director

Maureen has over 30 years’ experience in development work. Maureen obtained a Diploma in Development Studies from University College Cork and, before founding The Hope Foundation, she gained development experience in war-torn, impoverished communities in Rwanda, Swaziland and Somalia.

Since setting up The Hope Foundation in 1999, Maureen has overseen the charity’s operation and development.

MeiMei Fox

Board Member

Sheila Geraghty


Alexandra Mysoor

Board Member

Anthony went to school in St. Andrews College in Booterstown County Dublin (1978-1984) and then completed a BSc in Advanced Management in College of Commerce, Rathmines 1984-1988 (2.1 Hons awarded by Trinity College, Dublin).

He joined the Futures and Options Desk in Goodbody Stockbrokers in January 1989 before moving to Davy in July 1994 where he worked in the Capital Markets Division until early 2021.

Shane McCarthy

Board Member

Gloria Starr Kins

Board Member

Jacqueline Quinn

Board Member

Jacqueline is an Irish Designer based in New York with over 30 years experience working in the fashion industry in London Dublin and New York. Her design and business experience in the fashion industry has led her to work for several high-profile brands including Head Designer DKNY, GUESS, Jessica Simpson and most recently the creative director for Betsy Johnson. Jacqueline has over 15 years’ experience working as a design consultant for numerous brands and department stores. Currently Jacqueline is a part time professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons, The New School and completed her masters in Fashion Fine art and business.

Kunal Sood

Board Member

Drue Kataoka

Board Member

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