Empowering Communities for a Brighter Tomorrow

Dedicated to improving lives in local geographical areas

Who we are

We are an organization that focuses on the concept of Community Foundations, which are grantmaking public charities dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals within specific local geographical regions. We also facilitates citizen engagement in rural communities, encouraging the strategic use of assets so that locals can spearhead and oversee their own development.

Building Community Foundations in Africa

Small Steps, Big Impact

We focus on three key aspects: uniting community-minded individuals, fundraising for local issues, and understanding community needs. Unlike their Western counterparts, African foundations may start with modest funds but are rich in big ideas and communal spirit. The emphasis is on building foundations rooted in local connections, sustained by the energy and commitment of people, and grown through small, consistent steps. The message is clear: community foundations can thrive in Africa, driven by the power of local giving and unity.

Our Impactful Initiatives

Explore the programs we’re currently engaged with.

The Bergrivier YouthFund is created as a dedicated funding mechanism where young people can apply to implement their development  ideas in the towns of Bergrivier.

The Dr Somers Education Fund is a high school scholarship program operated by the Initiative for Community Advancement (ICA). The Fund was formed to provide scholarships to high school learners in the Bergrivier Municipal area.

The Hoop Fonds (Hope in English) is a fund dedicated to supporting projects that address Gender-based Violence (GBV) in the municipal area. The Fund works with various stakeholders and avail resources to impactful interventions in the municipal area.

The Community Rebuilding Fund is focused on providing emerging and established projects and businesses, in the Bergrivier Municipal area, with financial support and resources to grow and develop.

The Pillars of Our Foundation

Values that drive our commitment to the community.


Trust, honesty, professionalism, and respect


Celebrating diversity and equity.


Serving as a beacon of information for our communities.


Achieving more together.

We believe the generosity of people can transform communities

Partners in Progress

Organizations and individuals who’ve joined hands with us.


Latest happenings, events, and news from ICA.

Hoop Fond’s Annual Women’s High Tea Event

Hoop Fond’s Annual Women’s High Tea Event

On August 26, 2023, the Initiative for Community Advancement, Hoop Fond, hosted their much-anticipated annual Women's High Tea event. This gathering was more than just a social affair; it was a powerful demonstration of unity and commitment towards addressing the...

“I am so glad that there is youth that is part of the development of our town. I am so excited and proud of the young people involved. Good suggestions have emerged from them.”

Ray van Rooy

Bergrivier Mayor

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What is the main objective of ICA?

Our primary goal is to drive community advancement through targeted programs, local philanthropy, and hands-on engagement.

How can I get involved with your programs?

You can join our programs by reaching out to us through our website, phone, or by visiting our office. We welcome volunteers, donors, and community partners.

Are donations tax-deductible?

Yes, all donations made to our organization are tax-deductible. We provide official receipts for all contributions.

How do you ensure the transparency of your operations?

We are committed to maintaining transparency. We regularly update our stakeholders through detailed reports, and our financial statements are available upon request.

Can I choose a specific program to donate to or volunteer for?

Absolutely! You can specify which program you’d like to support, and we’ll ensure your contributions directly benefit that initiative.