ICF’s Program Initiatives
is leading the way to catalyze new leadership; building
collaborative partnerships among grantees, its donors
and other funders; mentoring new grantmaking organizations;
and publicizing the work of our grantees in reports,
events, and conferences. These programmatic initiatives
are building a strong foundation from which to expand
philanthropy in the Americas and Asia. Through these
initiatives, ICF’s donors are learning and doing
more to promote sustainable communities than ever before.
ICF launched its Give2Baja campaign
this year to engage donors in Southern California
and increase the level of philanthropy and volunteerism
directed to the Baja California Peninsula. In
the areas of education, health care, community development, environment, economic
development, and culture and the arts, ICF is
targeting interested individuals, clubs, and foundations
to encourage more active involvement in the region.
For donors living in México and the U.S., ICF is hosting
events, giving presentations, and arranging site
Through the Give2Baja campaign,
ICF donors are actively integrating civil society
organizations in Baja California into their local sister city programs, civic associations,
and social clubs.
With guidance from San Diego
Social Venture Partners, ICF recently launched the Baja
Social Venture Partner Fund (Baja SVP) to catalyze innovative
non-profit ventures and charitable causes and affect
positive social change along the Baja California peninsula.
Baja SVP brings together professionals and entrepreneurs
seeking an engaged form of philanthropy where donors
not only invest money, but also their time, expertise,
and other resources.
The Baja Social Venture Partners Fund will fund charitable
investments in two primary areas: Tijuana and Baja Sur/Sea
of Cortez. The fund's first investment cycle will occur
in 2004 with a focus on the Tijuana Border Region. A
complementary fund called Fondo Tijuanese de Fomento
Social (Fondo SVP-Tijuana) has been established by Fundación
Internacional de la Comunidad (FIC) to catalyze giving
among Mexican donors for non-profits committed to social
change in the greater Tijuana region.
| LEFT TO RIGHT: Grey whale, Magdelena
Bay, BCS, México; School children at Agua Verde
elementary school, BCS, México.