This year marked the end of the research phase for this
binational initiative to identify and protect cross-border
wildlife corridors along the California–Baja California region.
The San Diego Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and ICF funded
parts of a strategy to increase awareness of these critical
linkages where mountain lions, Quino Checkerspot butterflies,
and coastal sage scrub habitat flourish.
Toyota plant located at the Tijuana–Tecate corridor.
Los Laureles Canyon in Tijuana lies adjacent to the Tijuana
River National Estuarine Research Reserve in Imperial Beach,
which was recognized this year by the United Nations as a
wetland of international importance. ICF partnered with the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) coastal
training program and the staff at Border Field State Park to
promote best practices in stormwater management and erosion
control in this critical upstream area.
Los Laureles Canyon.
Since 2002, ICF has been a member of the Border
Philanthropy Partnership, made up of 21 border community
foundations and nine national funders, managed by the Synergos
Institute. This year, thanks to the financial support of the
Ford Foundation, Synergos Institute and ICF teamed up with the
El Paso Community Foundation, Fundación Empresarial Sonorense,
and Cross Border Business Associates to research corporate
giving trends in the border region with a publication that will
be released in December 2005.
Aerial view of maquiladoras in Tijuana, BC, Mexico.
Over the last three years, Fundación
Internacional de la Comunidad, San Diego Grantmakers, and ICF
have partnered on a series of ross-border tours and dialogues to
educate donors on the various issues that affect the border
region. This year, all three organizations worked to showcase
the San Diego–Baja California border region to over 300
delegates of the Council On Foundations’ (COF) annual meeting
held in San Diego in April 2005.
COF participants learning about U.S.–Mexico immigration issues
in Tijuana from SDSU professor Victor Clark, during the COF 2005 conference.