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Our Past Initiatives: Making a Lasting Impact on Communities

25 Years of Successful Grantmaking, Research & Results
For 25 years, ICF has been making a difference in the environment and communities of the Baja California pensinula, the Sea of Cortez region, and beyond. Our successful grantmaking, special initiatives, and on-the-ground results include:
Protecting Isla Espiritu Santo from tourism development and helping to declare the 244 islands of the Gulf of California a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Creating Baja California’s first community foundation.

Incubating the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership, which now consists of over 100 members.

Transforming the former home of John and Christy Walton into ICF’s headquarters and Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center.

Brokering a bi-national Memorandum of Agreement between San Diego County, Imperial County, the State of Baja California, ICF, and a newly-formed Mexican nonprofit, Puentes de Esperanza. The agreement formalizes communication and collaboration to combat tuberculosis in the California-Baja California border region.

Cross-Border Publications
The above highlights only scratch the surface of ICF’s impact in the Baja California peninsula and Sea of Cortez region.
Photo Credit: Richard Kiy
ICF has produced some of the most important
cross-border research publications and programs in the past decade including:
California-Baja California Philanthropy, Policy, And Program Research:
Shared Destiny: Shaping a Binational Agenda for Health Priorities in the San Diego – Baja California Border Region > English | > Español

Baja California Sur’s Community-Based Opportunities & Needs Baja California’s Community Based Needs > English

Blurred Borders: Transboundary Issues and Solutions in the San Diego/Tijuana Border Region > English

Tuberculosis in the San Diego – Tijuana Border Region: Time for Bi-National Community-Based Solutions > English | > Español

Diagnóstico Integral de la Subcuenca Hidrológica Los Laureles, Tijuana, B.C.
> Español

Mexico Land Use Research, Policy, and Recommendations:
Alternative Futures For the Region of La Paz, BCS, Mexico > Español

Alternative Futures For the Region of Loreto, BCS, Mexico > English | > Español

Housing and Real Estate Trends among Americans Retiring in Mexico’s Coastal Communities > English | > Español

U.S. Retirement Trends in Mexican Coastal Communities: Lifestyle Priorities and Demographics > English | > Español

La Paz, Baja California Sur, México- Plan de Acción > Español

Analysis of a Mining Development in Baja California Sur, Mexico: The Los Cardones Mining Project > English | > Español

Análisis del Desarrollo Minero en Baja > Español

U.S. Philanthropy in Mexico:

Corporate Giving Trends in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region > English | > Español

Civic Engagement, Volunteerism and Charitable Giving: Americans Retiring in Mexico’s Coastal Communities > English | > Español

A Guide to International Charitable Giving > English

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