The International Community Foundation has the following key initiatives that it is currently seeking to expand through its donor outreach and grantmaking.
Emerging Sustainable Cities Initiative: La Paz Cities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean are urbanizing rapidly – 75% of the region’s population lives in cities and 140 of those cities are growing faster than average. La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico is one of those cities. As the state capital, commercial hub, and tourism center, La Paz is growing its population but is struggling to deliver basic services, create employment opportunities, and protect the local environment. All of this leads to a diminished quality of life for local residents over time, but because La Paz is still under one million people, there is a way to steer the city’s growth in a more sustainable direction.
Tuberculosis in the Californias Tuberculosis (TB) remains a significant health burden throughout the world with an unacceptably high annual rate of new TB infections and > 2 million deaths from TB per year. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2 billion people, or one third of the global population, are currently infected with tuberculosis bacilli. Of those infected, it is estimated that 1 in 10 will develop the active, contagious form of disease at some time in their lives, and those with active TB will infect an average of 10 to 15 people per year if they are not treated.
San Ignacio Lagoon Whale Conservation: International Community Foundation joins the Laguna San Ignacio Conservation Alliance to save a global treasure and the gray whales that depend on it.
Dulce Wireless Tijuana Project: Dulce Wireless Tijuana empowers underserved communities to utilize 3G wireless technology to effectively monitor and treat diabetes. The project involves partners from both the United States and Mexico who represent the public, private and non-profit sectors..
The Youth International Philanthropy Council (YIPC) is a new youth led international philanthropy group established by the International Community Foundation to engage San Diego area teens to make a meaningful difference to those less fortunate around the world. YIPC is the brain-child of Morgan Hicks, a San Diego area youth and an incoming Senor high school student at Bishops School in La Jolla, California.
"Retiring Responsibly in Mexico" - Assessing U.S. Retirement Trends in Mexico's Coastal Communities With a growing number of Americans now retiring in Mexico, there is a need to better respond to the growing needs of this fast - growing expatriate population. Through its "Retiring Responsibly in Mexico" initiative, the International Community Foundation seeks to inform, educate, and engage would-be retirees, targeted buyers, real estate developers, nonprofit organizations and policymakers at the local, state and federal levels of government in both the United States and Mexico. The initiative aims to address issues related to environmental sustainability, financial and environmental transparency, and responsibilities for stewardship related to coastal tourism/ residential developments with an emphasis on the 50+ population from the United States seeking to retire in Mexico.