Engaging Coaching for Humanity and the Planet

Earn 3 CCE units with our Ignite Project Management Training. Registration closes November 15, 2023.

What is Ignite?

The ICF Foundation envisions a world in which coaching accelerates and amplifies positive impact on humanity and the planet. The Ignite Initiative supports this mission using the collective power of ICF chapters, members and credential-holders.

Imagine One ICF connected through the positive impact of coaching. The spark of light to ignite humanity! When we share the power of coaching with our world, we have the power to ignite our local communities and spark a global impact.

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

Through pro bono coaching projects, the Ignite Initiative uses the collective power of ICF chapters, members and credential holders to accelerate the United Nations Global Goals.

2022 Social Impact

Regions and % of participation:

88 ICF chapters and coaches partnered with 116 educational & non-profit organizations

568 leaders and 300 university students received coaching

The ICF Foundation partnered with UNICEF Education for a global Ignite project.

“I absolutely consider that the coaching improved the efficiency and engagement of the entire education team, ultimately resulting in improved cost-efficiencies as well as reach of our programs.”

UNICEF Education Leader


76% said the ripple effect of their gains from coaching impacted operational efficiency and employee engagement (70%) for their organization.


affirm that coaching contributed to their success.


were motivated to act on their learning from coaching.


 would recommend coaching to others.

Increases in operational efficiency, teamwork and engagement lead to organizations that are serving their missions more fully—transforming humanity and the planet.

Download full program findings for the ICF Foundation’s Ignite Initiative for Education (UN GG #4). This report includes reach, demographics, and coaching impact.

Structuring Your Ignite Project

The ICF Foundation knows that ICF coaches, chapters, and members do great work in their communities all the time. Through Ignite, we are coming together to achieve the greatest possible impact. By creating an Ignite project, you must use the following parameters:

Partner with an organization whose mission and work supports a UN Global Goal.

Recruit ICF-credentialed coaches (ACC, PCC, or MCC).

Coach leaders, employees, students, or beneficiaries of the partner organization to build capacity and create social impact.

Coaching for a maximum of 10 sessions within 6 months.

Submit project and impact data to the ICF Foundation at the beginning and end.

Administering Your Ignite Project

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Apply for the Ignite Program

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Access Resource Suite of Tools

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Access Data Resources

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2023 Call for Applications

Applications for the 2023 Ignite Initiative from ICF credentialed coaches and ICF Chapters interested in creating social impact projects in their communities closed on August 28, 2023. Applications for 2024 will be accepted starting October 2023. More details coming soon.

2023 Project Criteria:

How do ICF chapters and ICF credentialed coaches benefit from creating Ignite projects?

  • Offer pro bono coaching hours for members seeking PCC and MCC credentials.
  • Develop, launch, and implement social impact projects.
  • Opportunity to build up eligibility for ICF chapter recognition awards.
  • Opportunity to promote member and volunteer engagement.
  • Support social impact organizations in your community.

ICF Foundation Ignite Project Management Training

We are pleased to invite all ICF Chapter Leaders and ICF Social Impact directors to attend our Ignite Project Management Training.

This training will comprise of three 60-minutes sessions. Participants will earn 3 CCE units.

Deadline for registration is November 15, 2023 at 5 p.m. (ET).

Stories of Ignite Impact

Discover what our ICF Foundation partners have to say.

ICF Malaysia – Ignite Initiative 

Ignite Resources

The Ignite Road Map provides a framework and inspirational case studies for your Ignite Initiative.

The Ignite Toolkit provides a resources and information to help you create a successful Ignite Initiative.