From the President
and Board Chair:
Richard Kiy and Leon Reinhart
This year brought many challenges and opportunities
for the International Community Foundation (ICF) and the donors,
non-profit organizations and communities that we serve across the
Americas and Asia. The year also highlighted the growing inter-dependence
of communities across the globe.
Concerns about the sagging U.S. economy, global terrorism, the war
in Iraq, and the SARS epidemic, brought with them fiscal belt tightening,
border security measures, greater scrutiny of charitable giving
overseas, and a general decline in foreign travel.
Our donors did not let these challenges deter their international
philanthropy, however. Charitable giving among ICF donors increased
this year with close to $3.9 million in total donations and 115
grants totaling nearly $2.6 million to non-profits and charitable
causes in the Americas and Asia.
Helping our donors achieve their philanthropic goals is only one
part of ICF's work. We are also catalyzing new leadership; building
collaborative partnerships among grantees; mentoring new grantmaking
organizations; and publicizing the work of our grantees in reports,
events, and conferences.
This year, ICF successfully launched the Las Californias
Youth Leadership Development Program with a grant from the Rockefeller
Foundation. ICF also initiated its Baja Social Venture Partners
Fund and thanks to a three-year grant from the Ford Foundation,
ICF ex- panded its collaboration with Fundación Internacional
de la Comunidad (FIC) to increase charitable giving in Baja California.
With the support of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, ICF
launched its Give2Baja campaign and increased its donor outreach
across Southern California for the benefit of coastal communities
along the Sea of Cortez.
Thanks to support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation,
the Walton Family Foundation, Sempra Energy, the Reinhart Family
Foundation, the Alliance Healthcare Foundation and the Synergos
Institute, ICF and FIC jointly published a comprehensive needs assessment
of Baja California along with a guide of the region’s NGO’s.
Using this first-hand research, ICF has been successful in finding
support for projects in two areas of growing importance to Baja
California, namely health and education.
The past year was also one of expanded partnerships, including ICF’s
active involvement in the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership,
an alliance of 21 participating community foundations from the border
region and nine regional funders. Together with the San Diego Foundation
and FIC, we co-hosted the partnership’s 2nd "Border Learning
Institute" in San Diego bringing together funders to discuss
needs and funding strategies for the U.S.-Mexico border region.
The success that ICF has achieved over the past thirteen years would
not have been possible without the ongoing commitment of our donors,
Board of Governors, staff and volunteers and the continuing support
of the San Diego Foundation. Thank you to all for making it possible
for ICF to make a difference for the communities and non-profits
that we serve.
Chairman of the Board
President & CEO