ICF On The Move
An important way for ICF to encourage and promote international
philanthropy is to help our donors connect with grantees and
their work in the regions that we serve. In this way, our
donors see the value of their gifts first-hand, hear about
tangible results from the organizations they funded, and meet
other donors with like-minded philanthropic goals and objectives.
For new donors, ICF’s approach offers a way to take
a closer look before projects are funded, to
ask questions, and make personal connections with key non-profit
Accompanied by ICF board members Alice Tang and Robert Chang,
ICF President, Richard Kiy, visited China for two weeks in
October 2002 to meet new and existing grantees in Shanghai,
Beijing and Yunnan Province, where ICF’s donors have
been active in education and environmental grantmaking.
In January 2003, ICF staff traveled to Baja California Sur
for a series of donor outreach events in Los Cabos and Los
Barriles to launch its Give2Baja campaign. At these events,
Canadian and U.S. citizens that reside in México learned
about ICF, its local grantees, and several special projects,
including a new arts education center in Los Barriles. Follow-up
donor trips were also organized by ICF to Bahía Magdalena,
as well as Loreto to meet with sea turtle conservation groups.
ICF was proud to participate in the expropriation ceremony
of Isla Espíritu Santo in February, which was attended
by Mexican President Vicente Fox. Five ICF donors that provided
matching funding for the purchase and conservation management
of Isla Espíritu Santo accompanied ICF staff to the
ceremony. ICF donors were also on hand for the unveiling of
two sculptures donated by ICF to the City of La Paz to promote
the arts and civic pride in that community.
In May, ICF hosted its first gala event, "Promoting
Sustainable Communities." With 260 donors, civic leaders,
and grantees, ICF celebrated 12 years of grantmaking in Baja
California and China. Deborah Szekely paid tribute to ICF’s
former CEO and current Senior Fellow, Lucy Killea; and the
former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, William K. Reilly, was the
evening’s keynote speaker.
Most importantly, however, ICF listened to its donors and
provided more personalized site visits for interested individuals,
families, and small groups. Throughout the year, ICF organized
custom trips to visit grantees, projects, and special places
in Tijuana, Tecate, Mexicali, Ensenada, La Paz, Los Cabos,
Loreto, and Magdalena Bay. ICF will continue to arrange these
inspirational visits for donors, board members, and friends
of the foundation upon request.