Areas of Impact

While we provide technical fundraising and grant-making support in a broad diversity of meaningful areas, our strategic programmatic leadership focuses on several core, interconnected areas of impact and key initiatives.



We champion healthy oceans, ambitious climate solutions, thriving communities, circular economies, and meaningful scientific discovery.

Ocean Health

The health of our oceans and coasts is increasingly threatened by overfishing, habitat destruction, climate impacts and pollution. This reality is particularly evident in the Gulf of California, the Meso-American Reef, and the Eastern Tropics, where ICF currently focuses.

We support community partners who are: safeguarding high-priority coastal and marine ecosystems, enhancing clean water access, promoting sustainable coastal land management, centering community leadership and involvement in environmental efforts, and promoting equitable and sustainable fishing practices.

Environmental Justice

Marginalized communities in Mexico and Latin America are being disproportionately affected by environmental injustices, from air and water contamination, to lack of access to recreational and green spaces, to losing stewardship of culturally and environmentally significant land.

ICF is dedicated to partnering with nonprofits and community leaders to uphold their rights and access to clean air, water, and healthy, livable environments. We are investing in, uniting, and building the capacity of these partners to: mitigate environmental imbalances and harm, develop and enforce environmental regulation, policies and zoning, and strengthen meaningful community involvement in urban and territorial planning and decision-making.

Climate Resilience

Across the globe we are facing an uncertain climate future. Extreme weather events and climate fluctuations such as hurricanes, droughts, flooding, and rising sea levels are increasingly threatening the homes, livelihoods, and safety of communities in Mexico and Latin America. This coupled with existing socio-economic vulnerabilities in these regions, underscores the urgent need for adaptive, innovative, and holistic solutions. We don’t have to choose economy over environment.

Supporting partners and communities to be better equipped to adapt to the changing climate and to bounce back from environmental shocks is central across all ICF programs/impact areas. Our multifaceted approach includes responding to and mitigating the immediate impacts of climate change while investing in the regional and cross-border collaboration, policy reform, infrastructural improvements, education, job creation, research, innovation, and adaptation needed for long-term resilience.

Circular Economies

As development and population growth accelerate in Mexico and Latin America, waste management systems are being stretched beyond capacity. Trash is increasingly being burned to create additional space in dumps or landfills or is swirled into watersheds and flooded into the ocean.

For the last several years, we have been working with partners to collectively shift the way communities think about and manage “trash,” toward systems that values “waste” as a resource. Our approach includes a combination of research, grantmaking, capacity building, and business development to advance a more “circular” and regional approach to reducing and re-purposing waste.

Our partners are promoting the regeneration of soils with composted organic waste, encouraging waste reduction via community engagement and public policy reform, and helping to build and strengthen business transforming waste into construction materials, energy and other resources.

Disaster Relief

We swiftly mobilize resources and coordinate support in response to natural disasters and emergencies in the regions where we work.

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our partner communities before, during, and following emergencies and natural disasters. In addition to activating support for immediate emergency response, we support partners and communities to build resilience and preparation for and responding to natural disasters and emergencies.

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Human Rights & Migration

We stand beside courageous organizations and movement builders who are safeguarding universal human rights and championing the dignity and worth of all. Together, we strive to improve social and economic stability, and the individual well-being and development, of people on the move and communities facing migration pressures in Central America.

Climate Migration & Building Resilience at Home

Migration and forced displacement from Central America are not only being fueled by extreme poverty, economic stagnation, political repression, and fear of violence, but are increasingly being compounded by changes in climate and extreme weather events. This displacement disproportionately affects marginalized communities, disrupts local economies, and exacerbates existing social tensions and inequalities. We want people to be able to safely migrate and/or safely stay if they choose.

We seek to mitigate the root causes of forced migration, particularly related to climate changes and lack of economic opportunity, by investing in economic development, resilient food and agriculture systems, stewardship of natural resources, education and health of communities in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

Our approach, rooted in equity and regeneration, combines grantmaking, capacity building and collaborative learning to strengthen local communities' ability to respond, adapt and implement solutions to complex challenges more effectively.

Dignity & Rights at the US-Mexico Border

Our proximity to the San Diego-Tijuana border has given us intimate insight into the complex challenges facing the border region. Addressing the needs of the vast diversity of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees involves an integrated combination of immediate humanitarian action, long-term policy reforms and structural improvements.

We are committed to ensuring migrants are treated with dignity and respect as they seek protection of their human rights, safety, and a better quality of life. Our partners, including local shelters, legal service organizations, and health providers, are addressing the urgent and critical needs of thousands of displaced people who arrive at the US-Mexico border each year.

Our approach centers supporting and ecosystem of civil society organizations and community partners to work together, design long-term solutions, mobilize resources, amplify their advocacy efforts, strengthen their intuitional capacity, and tend to their own mental health as well as their beneficiaries.

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Food Systems
Food Systems

Food Systems

We are catalyzing movements and standing with nonprofit and community leaders cultivating healthier, more just, and sustainable regional food systems.

Food Justice & Security

Food has a unique ability to nourish and connect us as families and communities, yet around the world, climate extremes, conflict, and economic shocks continue to intensify food insecurity and malnutrition.

We are committed to supporting regional efforts that nourish healthy and resilient communities via increasing equitable access to nutritious, culturally appropriate food, boosting economic and social mobility, and strengthen the social fabric that brings communities together.

We invest in, support the capacity of, and connect partners for peer-to-peer learning, who are cultivating community gardens, leading nutrition and wellness programs, recovering food that would have otherwise been wasted, providing nourishing warm meals to those who need it most, and activating food relief during times of emergency. 

Regenerative Agriculture & Regional Foodsheds

The decisions we collectively make about food impact societal health and wellbeing, economic stability, and natural ecosystems. We believe in the power of regional regenerative movements to cultivate climate resilience, protect our shared water futures, celebrate healthy food and the people who produce it, promote economic stability, and weave solidary across the food system.

Our regional food system approach in the Baja Peninsula, Mexico and Central America is grounded in research, community engagement, alliance building, and a diversity of grantmaking, financing and capacity building tools. Our partners, including nonprofits, farmers, business owners and community leaders strive to; regenerate healthy soils, nurture biodiversity and steward limited water resources, prevent and reduce food waste and loss, and increase the viability of small- and mid-scale producers and local food business.

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We partner with groups championing access to quality, relevant education for everyone, believing in the power of education as a powerful equalizer and driver of development.

Access to Quality Education

Even before the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on regional education outcomes, access to quality education has been an on-going challenge in Latin America. Structural inequalities, outdated teaching methods, lack of materials and physical conditions, unaccommodating single-language instruction, and many other obstacles lead to low learning outcomes that prevent the full development of millions of young people.

We seek to disrupt this pattern by strengthening and expanding educational programs that empower individuals and communities to reach their full potential.

Our local partners are providing relevant, quality curriculums both in and out of public-school systems; they are investing in teachers and infrastructure; and ensuring equitable access across gender identities, ethnicities, and socioeconomic groups through scholarships, mentoring, and direct education services such as digital classrooms, mobile libraries, extracurricular programs and wraparound services for children and their families.

STEAM Education

STEAM Education is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. We recognize that future economic prosperity lies in a workforce that is well-versed in rising job markets like science, technology, engineering, and math.

As a complement to basic education, and with appropriate mentorship, STEAM curriculums can prepare students to be thoughtful risk-takers, adept problem solvers, and collaborative individuals who can contribute to the workforce and society in meaningful ways.

We are committed to identifying relevant STEAM curriculums and promoting STEAM education early and consistently to all school-age students. Evidence shows that building these skillsets from a young age is particularly important for children from underserved or marginalized communities who have limited access to digital tools, adult mentorship, and job opportunities.

Workforce Development and Employability

Low investments in education means that societies in Latin America face persistent underemployment and skills gaps in the job market. This perpetuates and exacerbates other social issues including poverty, chronic health conditions, violence, and corruption.

Beyond traditional classroom settings, we are committed to connecting youth and adults to programs that build the skills essential for individuals to successfully navigate the labor market, find suitable employment, and advance in their careers.

Our local partners are offering diverse interventions that reduce skills gaps and increase economic opportunity including workforce development and language programs for migrants and refugees, primary and secondary curriculums focused on career development and socioemotional skills, scholarships for higher education or vocational training, and several leadership and mentorship programs.

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We partner with nonprofit health care providers, advocates, and researchers, to raise awareness and increase access to affordable, inclusive, and quality health services.

We are committed to supporting community wellbeing through advocacy and access to high-quality health services for underserved populations, particularly children, women, and migrant populations. We partner with locally based organizations across Mexico and Latin America to raise awareness and ensure access to quality, holistic health services for all. We firmly believe that access to mental health support is a fundamental human right and essential for a resilient society. We understand that marginalized populations face unique challenges and seek to offer inclusive and culturally sensitive programs to ensure everyone receives the help they need.

Our local partners are providing accessible preventative health and specialized treatments including holistic wellness support for low-income communities; mental health support and trauma-informed care; research, prevention, and data analysis services; and inclusive, high-quality reproductive health services and advocacy.

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Art & Culture
Art & Culture

Art & Culture

We believe that investing in cultural preservation of knowledge, spaces, traditions, languages, and practices by promoting expression through the arts is essential to a stable, peaceful society and improved quality of life for present and future generations.

Our Arts & Culture portfolio has supported diverse projects such as the restoration of historical monuments, incubation of cultural heritage museums, and public art installations. Additionally, we provide long-term operational support for small galleries and renowned museums in Mexico and have supported dozens of artistic opportunities for children and youth who otherwise may not have access through scholarships for music, dance and fine arts, as well as extracurricular and in-school arts education programs.

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