Our Mission

Accelerating and amplifying social system change through coaching.

The ICF Foundation is a non-membership body, established as a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt education and research-oriented legal entity of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) ecosystem. ICF is the world’s largest organization leading the global advancement of the coaching profession and fostering coaching’s role as an integral part of a thriving society. Through the work of its six unique family organizations, ICF empowers professional coaches, coaching clients, organizations, communities and the world through coaching. Visit coachingfederation.org for more information.

Strategic Goals

  • ICF Foundation is financially sustainable.

  • Coaching is accessible to social system change (SCC) organizations.

  • Social system change (SSC) organizations recognize the value of coaching and prioritize it through funding.

  • SROI data proves impact of coaching.

  • The story of coaching’s ability to amplify social progress globally is known and recognized within and beyond the coaching community.


  • Global Vision

  • Global Impact

  • Systemic Insight

  • Collaboration

  • Compassion

  • Persistence

How We Work

Through our values of global vision, global impact, systemic insight, collaboration, compassion, and persistence; we will strive to obtain our vision that coaching is an integral part of the thriving society. The Foundation is expanding the boundaries of coaching in the world through key focus areas:

  • Cultivating frameworks for pro bono coaching
  • Engaging in and curating research for the multiplying effect of social progress through coaching
  • Connecting training organizations and targeted populations for coaching scholarships

As the ICF Foundation, we envision the greatest possible contribution of coaching to a thriving society. As coaches, we have an essential role to play at this moment in history. In areas from education to environment, coaching relationships can help bridge the gap between what is seen as possible under current scenarios and what is needed to achieve the thriving society.

Partnering for Global, Social Impact

We choose to partner for global impact, but how will we focus all our efforts?

The United Nations 17 Global Goals focus on a thriving society and flourishing of nature and represent the most ambitious effort in human history.

ICF Foundation partners with ICF Chapters and coaches, to bring the power of coaching to delivering the UN 2030 Agenda through the Ignite Initiative. the Ignite Initiative provides coaching for the greater good, demonstrating that coaching works, by building capacity, accelerating and amplifying the results in organizations around the globe. We define pro bono as “for the public good,” meaning our projects include both those without charge and at a reduced rate.

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