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.