We facilitate citizen engagement and encourage the strategic use of assets in rural communities so locals can lead and manage their own development.
Raising assets: We partner with exemplary individuals, families and others who care passionately about improving the community and create permanent charitable funds.
Stewarding assets: We invest and administer charitable assets based on rigorous financial standards.
Distributing assets: We make grants to non-profit organizations that are doing important work in skills development, youth and families, arts and culture, early childhood development (ECD) – and for civic and environmental benefit.
Community leadership: We serve as a convener by bringing together key stakeholders to determine community needs; we facilitate the development of collaborative solutions to important community issues; and we act as a catalyst for positive change.
There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
Jeremy Maarman • Coordinator
Making a Change!
The Initiative for Community Advancement (ICA) is a Community Foundation (CF) that has as its main aim the promotion of community philanthropy in rural communities.
We belief that community philanthropy is a fantastic yet often unused way to get rural people involved in leading and contributing towards their own development.
Communities that are vibrant, sustainable and resilient – with unlimited Opportunities.