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Increasing International Giving from U.S. Donors to Meaningful Projects

With ICF’s in-depth knowledge of the issues and long-standing relationships with local nonprofit organizations and community leaders, we help our donors connect with the regions and causes they care about.


From one-time tax-deductible donations to ongoing grants, ICF offers a variety of international grantmaking tools and advisory services to help achieve your philanthropic goals.

International Grantmaking Tools

Donor Advised Funds:

Designed to manage charitable donations on behalf of an individual, family, or company, a donor advised fund provides a low-cost, flexible alternative to direct giving or creating a private foundation. Learn more

Agency/“Friends Of” Funds:

Held and managed by ICF on behalf of an international nonprofit organization, these funds can be established as a non-endowment or an endowment fund to promote an organization’s long-term sustainability. Learn more

International Grantmaking Advisory Services

Professional Grantmaking:

ICF has the experience and expertise to identify trustworthy grantees in the fields of health, education, and environment for its donors. These grants are closely monitored by ICF staff through the final report. Donors can be as involved as they choose in the selection process and throughout the life of the grant, including site visits. Learn more

Capacity Building:

ICF works closely with over 150 nonprofits in Mexico and Latin America to ensure that they have the organizational skills and tools they need to carry out meaningful and effective work in health, education, and the environment. ICF staff help these organizations to develop work plans, annual budgets, and proposals, while also advising them on strategic planning and leadership development. Learn more


ICF offers customized advisory services to individuals, families and organizations that help articulate your philanthropic visions to realize your international charitable giving goals. Additionally, ICF leads research activities in each of our key program areas, resulting in tools for advocacy and innovation. Learn more


ICF provides an objective space for thoughtful analysis, dialogue, and decision-making, both virtually and in person. The ICF Center for Cross-Border Philanthropy (also known as Olivewood Gardens) has ample conference space, several rooms for overnight guests, and gardens for smaller conversations.

In addition, ICF convenes conference calls, trainings, workshops, and talks on specific topics requested by our grantees or our donors. Our staff participates in a wide range of technical and programmatic networks and works diligently to share this information with our grantees in Mexico as much as possible. Learn more

Estate Planning:

ICF has more than two decades of experience helping our donors build charitable giving into their estate plans. Our knowledgeable staff can help you determine what to give, how to give it, and who to give to. Learn more

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