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Buy your tickets now! Don't miss out on the Palapa Society's first stateside event on September 15th at the Denver Botanic Gardens, featuring Grammy award-winning La Santa Cecilia. All funds raised will support the Palapa Society's education programs in Todos Santos.

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Denver, Colorado USA | September 15, 2017

The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, Mexico, invites you to attend their first state-side event, “Baja Under the Stars”. ICF is excited to sponsor this memorable evening with Grammy Award-winning band La Santa Cecilia at the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens.

The Palapa Society’s mission is to improve the quality of life and offer a brighter future for local children and their families through scholarships and educational programs. This event will celebrate the opening of the new Palapa Learning Center, a 4-building campus which will open in the fall. Proceeds from the event will fund new technology, scholarships, supplies, and equipment for over 120 students seeking a university-track education in Todos Santos, Mexico.

Buy Tickets Here! 

Friday September 15, 2017
Denver Botanic Gardens

5:30 p.m.
VIP Champagne Meet and Greet
6:00 p.m.
Dinner and Entertainment by
Grammy Award-Winning band La Santa Cecilia

Tickets

$225.00 USD per person – Dinner and entertainment
$275.00 USD per person – VIP Champagne Meet and Greet
(limited space), dinner and entertainment (reserved seating) 

Sponsorships

$2,500.00 USD Silver Level
$5,000.00 USD Gold Level
$10,000.00 USD Platinum Level
Please email tickets@palapasociety.org for more information about sponsorships.

Tickets, sponsorships and donations are eligible for a U.S. tax deduction through The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. fund at the International Community Foundation.

 

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Contributing to Better Water Quality in Baja https://icfdn.org/contributing-better-water-quality-baja/ https://icfdn.org/contributing-better-water-quality-baja/#respond Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:00:26 +0000 https://icfdn.org/?p=3245 The post Contributing to Better Water Quality in Baja appeared first on International Community Foundation.

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Water is life. We cannot live without it, and yet many communities depend on water sources that are unsafe for drinking, bathing, fishing or recreation — causing illness and significantly lowering the quality of life for residents and tourists alike.

For over 27 years, the International Community Foundation and our loyal donors have supported the people of Baja California Mexico, through efforts to increase access to and quality of clean water, particularly in coastal communities.

One result of this collaborative work is the Baja Waterkeepers Fund, through which ICF financially and programmatically supports the ten Baja Waterkeepers located throughout the Baja Peninsula. These ten waterkeepers and their host organizations are members of The Waterkeeper Alliance, a U.S. non-profit focused solely on advocating for and protecting clean water in communities around the world. Read on to learn more about what this invaluable group does and how you can help support them, too.

Understanding the Environment

The Baja Waterkeepers are 10 individuals who monitor over 75 sites along the Baja coastline for bacteria, agrochemical, and other pollutants that pose public health risks.

Driven by passion and knowledge, the group stays in close communication with the communities they serve, addressing concerns about the safe use of water when it comes to bathing, fishing, and drinking. This is especially important in communities in or near former mining sites which often have heavy metal contaminants in their water sources.

The Waterkeepers also monitor marine protected areas and national parks to ensure that Mexico’s fishing laws are being enforced.  Finally, by conducting educational and business development workshops, they engage the local community in order to ensure a more sustainable, healthy future for the human, and animal, residents of the region.

Keeping the Community Safe

The results of the Waterkeepers’ regular water-quality monitoring tests are regularly uploaded to a free online swim guide. This guide not only ensures that communities know of safe places for their families to swim, but it also helps the local economy. Fishermen and tour operators can make smarter decisions regarding their activities when they know the level of cleanliness of the water — and understanding the impacts that their actions are having on the local resources they depend on, can help to change behaviors for the better! The usefulness of the Swim Guide is proven by the significant boost in public demand for it; between 2015 and 2016 alone, the number of users of the Mexican version increased by over 500%.

The Baja Waterkeepers also build local awareness by conducting beach cleanups and youth leadership programs to protect the 75 watershed ecosystems. These initiatives engage communities in their own self-preservation and teach younger generations that the power and responsibility to create change is in their hands.

Baja Waterkeepers in the Spotlight

To learn more about the Waterkeepers and what motivates them to protect this region, let’s meet two of the members.

Margarita Diaz

Margarita Diaz is particularly passionate about the relationship between the people of Tijuana and the coastal waters that border their homes. As the Executive Director of Proyecto Fronterizo de Educacion Ambiental, she believes keeping locals informed is most important for restoring the water back to its full health so that everyone can enjoy it.

Hector Trinidad

Hector Trinidad is the Program Coordinator of Eco Alianza in Loreto, BCS. He shares his vision with many of his neighbors – sport and commercial fishermen, conservationists, and community members. The vision is “to continue to use their natural resources in a way that is more responsible, better informed, with better practices each time.”

How You Can Help

In February 2017, ICF and other partners of the Baja Waterkeepers kicked off a fundraising campaign to secure $500,000 to sustain the operations, programs, and advocacy efforts of our 10 Baja Waterkeepers for the next 3 years.

By making a donation, you will be supporting this work and changing the lives of people who can’t take clean water for granted. Make a donation today and make a difference for the future.

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NEWS: ICF Funds Restoration of Iconic Monument in Baja California Sur https://icfdn.org/news-icf-funds-restoration-iconic-monument-baja-california-sur/ Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:12:57 +0000 https://icfdn.org/?p=3213 ICF Funds Restoration of Iconic Monument in Baja California Sur. Voice of San Diego, by Sarah Beauchemin.
The Southern California – Baja California mega-region has a long, shared history. But one aspect of our region’s communal past in particular served as a major link between Southern California and Baja for decades: Mining. (...) In order to assist with conservation, ICF has partnered with the Mexican nonprofit Corredor Histórico CAREM, A.C. (CAREM) to restore a true relic of Baja’s mining era: the “La Ramona” smokestack.

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ICF Funds Restoration of Iconic Monument in Baja California Sur. Voice of San Diego Partner Voices by Sarah Beauchemin. The Southern California – Baja California mega-region has a long, shared history. But one aspect of our region’s communal past in particular served as a major link between Southern California and Baja for decades: Mining. Throughout the 19th century, precious metals mining in Baja produced a robust economy not only for its own citizens, but also for Americans. American companies, many based in California, invested in Baja mining operations. As such, mining connected communities across the border – both culturally and economically – helping to lay the groundwork for the shared mega-region we enjoy today (…). In order to assist with conservation, ICF has partnered with the Mexican nonprofit Corredor Histórico CAREM, A.C. (CAREM) to restore a true relic of Baja’s mining era: the “La Ramona” smokestack.  Read the full article

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NEWS: ICF’s Marisa Quiroz Awarded “2017 HIP Giver” by Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) https://icfdn.org/news-icfs-marisa-quiroz-awarded-2017-hip-giver-hispanics-philanthropy-hip/ Fri, 26 May 2017 00:04:23 +0000 https://icfdn.org/?p=3206 ICF Senior Officer for Environment, Marisa Quiroz, was one of 33 Hispanic leaders in philanthropy awarded the 2017 HIP Giver award by national organization Hispanics In Philanthropy (HIP). We are proud to have her on our Team!

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ICF’s Senior Program Officer for Environment, Marisa Quiroz named a “2017 HIPGiver” by Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP). In March 2017, Hispanics in Philanthropy honored 33 HIPGivers (corresponding to HIP’s 33rd year of philanthropy) for their incredible generosity, and ICF’s Marisa Quiroz was selected for her contributions to the philanthopy. According to HIP President, Diana Campoamor, “these stories represent Latino givers of all types – organizers, actors, executives, teachers, artists, and nurturers; the common thread is a deep care for their communities and a conviction that even small acts of giving can create enormous change. I hope you enjoy their stories, and that their light will inspire you to burn yours even more brightly”.

Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) is committed to strengthening Latino communities by increasing resources for the Latino and Latin American civil sector and by increasing Latino participation and leadership throughout the field of philanthropy. Read Marisa’s Profile in HIPGivers. Congratulations Marisa!

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NEWS: ICF Grantee Octavio Aburto receives The Explorer’s Club Award https://icfdn.org/news-icf-grantee-octavio-aburto-receives-explorers-club-award/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:59:45 +0000 https://icfdn.org/?p=3187 ICF Grantee Octavio Aburto receives The Explorer's Club Award. For his 2017 Artist-in-Exploration award, “MANGROVES: THE SKIN OF OUR COASTS,” Octavio will conduct four expeditions to four different mangrove forests located in the Tropical Eastern Pacific Ocean.

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The Explorer’s Club, April 2017. Octavio Aburto awarded Rolex 2017 Artist-in-Exploration for Mangrove research. Octavio Aburto is a professional photographer and assistant professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA. His research and photography have focused on marine reserves and commercially exploited marine species in Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the United States.

For his 2017 Artist-in-Exploration award, “MANGROVES: THE SKIN OF OUR COASTS,” Octavio will conduct four expeditions to four different mangrove forests located in the Tropical Eastern Pacific Ocean. Mangrove forests are quickly disappearing. We have lost nearly 50% in the last half-century.  Yet they are economically vital to local populations and in the fight for climate balance, mangrove forests store more carbon per acre than any other tropical forests. Read Full Article and contact Marisa@icfdn.org to learn more about how to support Octavio’s important mangrove research and work through ICF.

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NEWS: Want to Do Business in Baja? Here’s 5 People You Need to Know https://icfdn.org/news-want-business-baja-heres-5-people-need-know/ Thu, 06 Apr 2017 22:30:06 +0000 https://icfdn.org/?p=3184 Want to Do Business in Baja? Here’s 5 People You Need to Know. ICF's President/CEO, Anne McEnany, is named one of 5 local experts who can help you navigate the landscape of cross-border business.

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HATCH – produced by San Diego Magazine, April 6, 2017. Want to Do Business in Baja? Here’s 5 People You Need to Know. ICF’s President/CEO, Anne McEnany, is named one of 5 local experts who can help you navigate the landscape of cross-border business. Read Full Article.

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NEWS: Saucer-sized spider discovered in Baja cave https://icfdn.org/news-saucer-sized-spider-discovered-baja-cave/ Tue, 04 Apr 2017 22:23:20 +0000 https://icfdn.org/?p=3181 In the hills of Baja, Michael Wall and Jim Berrian found a creature that’s the stuff of nightmare for most people — a cave spider nearly the size of a tarantula. For the two San Diego Natural History Museum researchers, it was an exciting windfall — an unknown arachnid as wide across as a softball. ICF is proud to support the SDNHM's important bi-national research in Baja California.

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San Diego Union Tribune, April 4, 2017. Saucer-sized spider discovered in Baja cave. In the hills of Baja, Michael Wall and Jim Berrian found a creature that’s the stuff of nightmare for most people — a cave spider nearly the size of a tarantula.For the two San Diego Natural History Museum researchers, it was an exciting windfall — an unknown arachnid as wide across as a softball. ICF is a proud supporter of the SDNHM environmental research like this throughout the Baja peninsula. Read Full Article.

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NEWS: Fighting Hunger in Los Cabos https://icfdn.org/news-fighting-hunger-los-cabos/ Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:41:27 +0000 https://icfdn.org/?p=3166 Gringo Gazette, March 6, 2017. Gringo Gazette, March 6, 2017. Fighting Hunger in Los Cabos. Baja California Sur's population is struggling with high rates of food insecurity, and the social, health and economic challenges that come with it. Joel Najera, the International Community Foundation's Food Security Field Coordinator for BCS is leading an initiative to solve this problem.

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Gringo Gazette, March 6, 2017. Fighting Hunger in Los Cabos. Baja California Sur’s population is struggling with high rates of food insecurity, and the social, health and economic challenges that come with it. Joel Najera, the International Community Foundation’s Food Security Field Coordinator for BCS is leading an initiative to solve this problem. Read Full Article..

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NEWS: Giving Back in Baja California Sur https://icfdn.org/news-giving-back-baja-california-sur/ Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:42:59 +0000 https://icfdn.org/?p=3170 Baja Citizen, February 28, 2017. International Community Foundation Working in Baja California Sur. Many of the expats who have chosen La Paz as our part-time or full-time home are eager to give back to our adopted community. But we don’t always know where to start. Fortunately, the International Community Foundation (ICF) has over 25 years of experience serving as a bridge between donors and over 70 Mexican nonprofit organizations working to make our region more healthy, stable, and sustainable.

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Baja Citizen, February 28, 2017. International Community Foundation Working in Baja California Sur. Many of the expats who have chosen La Paz as our part-time or full-time home are eager to give back to our adopted community. But we don’t always know where to start. Fortunately, the International Community Foundation (ICF) has over 25 years of experience serving as a bridge between donors and over 70 Mexican nonprofit organizations working to make our region more healthy, stable, and sustainable. ICF’s expert Program Officers work directly with local leaders and organizations doing environment, education, health, and community development work. Together they assess and identify the most pressing needs and identify strategic solutions. Then they pursue and channel funding for these important causes. Read Full Article.

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NEWS: Caras-Mexico: Pablo Sainz Villegas & Music Beyond Borders https://icfdn.org/news-caras-mexico-pablo-sainz-villegas-music-beyond-borders/ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:21:57 +0000 https://icfdn.org/?p=3135 Caras-Mexico, February 2017. Profile of Pablo Sáinz Villegas, a globally renowned classical guitarist and founder of The Music Without Borders Legacy (MWBL) Fund whose mision is to bring music and art to at-risk children and youth for their personal and emotional development. So far, MWBL has brought classical music to more than 9,000 children and has funded six different music programs in schools in Tijuana, Mexico.

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Caras-Mexico, February 2017. Pablo Sáinz Villegas. En el hotel The Peninsula de Nueva York, el talentoso músico español nos habla sobre su largo camino junto a la guitarra (desde que tenía seis años), su experiencia cuando tocó ante el Dalai Lama y la familia real española, de su fundación que acerca a los niños a la música, y de su reciente boda con la mexicana Valeria Catán. El 30 de junio, 1 y 2 de julio se presentará en nuestro país en la Sala Nezahualcóyotl con la Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería. At The Peninsula Hotel in New York, the talented Spanish musician tells us about his long guitar career (he has played since he was six years old), his experience playing before the Dalai Lama and the Spanish royal family, his foundation that introduces children to music, and about his recent marriage to Mexican musician Valeria Catán. On June 30, July 1 and 2 Pablo will perform in Mexico at the Nezahualcóyotl Hall with the Symphony Orchestra of Mining. Lee el Articulo/Read the Article.

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