Because of its cross-border mission and focus, among U.S. community foundations the International Community Foundation is unique. Also unique is the International Community Foundation's trans-boundary community impact.
Located in the San Diego-Baja California region, the International Community Foundation recognizes that many of the border complex issues in the areas of the environment, public health, education and public safety transcend political boundaries. Beyond the border, in many Mexican coastal communities, the growing influx of U.S. retirees and second homebuyers is placing unique pressures on fragile eco-systems.
While the cross-border impacts between the U.S. and Mexico are many, declining Federal, State and Local governmental resources in both the United States and Mexico is also making it more difficult for the public sector to address such issues alone. Accordingly, there the role of the civil society and the philanthropic sectors is now more important than ever in tackling the border's many challenges.
For its part, the International Community Foundation remains committed to doing its part to improving the quality of life in those communities where the Foundation remains active in the San Diego-Baja California border region, the Baja California peninsula and migrant sending regions like Oaxaca through our grantmaking, programmatic initiatives and public advocacy.