Accelerating and amplifying impact.

Connecting and equipping professional coaches and organizations to accelerate and amplify impact on social progress through coaching.

About the ICF Foundation

Accelerating and amplifying impact.

Accelerating and amplifying impact.

Connecting and equipping professional coaches and organizations to accelerate and amplify impact on social progress through coaching.

What is Coaching?

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

What is Social Impact?

The ICF Foundation defines social impact as “the measurable positive outcome of a specific intervention – such as coaching – on the wellbeing and development of society as a whole aimed at addressing social challenges and promoting social systemic change.”

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.

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.

Strategic Plan

View our strategic plan and priorities.


Learn more about how the ICF Foundation is setup and runs.

Partnering for Global, Social Impact

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

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) 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 Ignite. Ignite 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.

Every gift creates meaningful impact.

Every gift creates meaningful impact.

“I give to the ICF Foundation because, as coaches it is in our nature and in our hearts to serve, to offer, to give of ourselves for others. The ICF Foundation is a wonderful way to achieve this.”
— Scott Burns, ACC (United States)

Support our efforts by considering a financial donation. Join the ICF Foundation Society or become a corporate sponsor today!

Scott Burns, ACC (United States)
Scott Burns, ACC (United States)