Catalytic Philanthropy
ICV allocates philanthropic funds to a diverse range of projects that create systemic and sustainable change. We use all possible tools and donor resources available to solve the most pressing problems that no one nonprofit can solve alone.


An Investment Approach to Philanthropy

ICV takes an investment approach to philanthropy, conducting extensive due diligence on early and mid-stage nonprofit organizations for selection within a well-diversified portfolio. We also work closely with the top centers of innovation, identifying breakthrough technologies developed by the top researchers around the world.

We offer innovative financing solutions for impact-oriented philanthropists who wish to allocate tax-deductible, donated capital. Through donor-advised funds, for example, philanthropists can make an up-front donation and receive a tax-deduction in the year they make the donation. Funds are allocated by project and managed to potentially grow, tax-free.

We provide transparency, impact reporting and legacy planning support to give philanthropists the confidence that their confidence is creating maximum impact.

Our Team

ICV Catalytic Philanthropy is led by a team of investment professionals who bring decades of experience in the areas of sourcing, analyzing, structuring, and financing impactful, mission-driven businesses.

  • Allocate capital on behalf of family offices
  • Serve on the boards of private, grant-making foundations
  • Manage large pools of institutional capital
  • Lead corporate boards towards performance and efficiency, stewarding strategic planning and risk management
  • Deep analytical experience to assess social impact and measurement of outcomes

“Plenty of billionaires are still buying sports teams, building yachts and donating to museums and hospitals. But many new philanthropists appear less interested in naming a business school after themselves than in changing the world.”

 – The New York Times, October 20, 2017


Projects to Save the World

Our catalytic projects fueled by philanthropy are led by people who have the character, courage and commitment to solving the world’s greatest challenges. Our team conducts essential on-the-ground research, including large-scale interviews, to clarify risks and evaluate financing needs. We leverage local specificities of the place, people and culture for the most efficient and sustainable outcomes. ICV participates in coalitions and forms public-private partnerships to leverage the resources of some of the biggest names in development.
The Cancer Breakthroughs Fund invests in proof-of-concept studies that typically go unfunded through traditional government and industry sources.

We are proud to work with Dr. Karen Knudsen, Director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and the Association of American Cancer Institutes’ President-Elect, who is one of the top researchers of prostate cancer in the world.

ICV Cancer Impact Grants can fuel the research of UCSF’s most promising and innovative physician-scientists, selected by Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS – President, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and E. Dixon Heise Distinguished Professor in Oncology — and the HDFCCC review panel.

Through Educate Hearts and Minds we create synergistic programs between the west and the east to foster benevolent human beings.

Every Breath Counts (EBC) is a private-public partnership of some of the biggest names in development. As a member of the EBC coalition, ICV brings visibility to the burden of pneumonia and catalyzes investment in innovations and breakthrough technologies that target the leading killer of children under the age of 5.

ICV has partnered with CHAI to serve the most vulnerable population in Nigeria, where 360 children die every day from pneumonia: Fighting for Air.

The Future Generations Land Foundation repurposes underutilized land for ecosystem protection, regeneration, food production, and community empowerment. In the face of exponential environmental change, our aim is to secure a thriving future for generations to come.

If you have land you would like to donate to this program, ICV ensures tax credits and also offers options for those looking to maintain ownership during the program and earn revenue from land use. ICV accepts land of all kinds and sizes and across community types (e.g., urban, suburban and rural).

The Give Freedom Fund is designed for individuals and institutions who wish to support pioneering advances for the well-being of humankind and the earth through their philanthropy. However, such individuals and institutions but may not have the time to undertake due diligence to locate pioneering organizations and communities or may consider their allocations to be too large for the capacity of early stage organizations.

The Human Resiliency Fund aligns human health with planetary health.We are interconnected with our environment. The health of our species depends on the microbiomes in the soil, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Together, we can restore this balance between humans and the planet that gives us life.

Through New Era World Model (NEW) we build economically empowered, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable communities, while maintaining their cultural dignity and natural identity. The NEW model engages community leaders and works from the bottom up, then to the top down to create a sustainable system that the community wants.


“It’s immoral to be discouraged by the magnitude of a problem. The good that we can do, we must do.”

 – Mother Teresa

The Omnis Fund, a partnership between ICV and the Omnis Institute, was created to challenge the critical global issue of women’s health and reproductive rights. With the global refugee crisis reaching an all-time high, The Omnis Fund aims to facilitate essential research to establish sustainable solutions to the major health disparities in both refugee camps and urban displaced communities.

Preventing Nuclear War Fund supports two campaigns to help global citizens understand the enormity of worldwide climate disruption caused by a limited, regional nuclear war and to shift nuclear weapons budgets and investments to better purposes.

Back from the Brink employs a strategy to help global citizens understand the enormity of worldwide climate disruption caused by a limited, regional nuclear war; the great and increasing danger that nuclear weapons will be used; and, the reality that nuclear weapons are the greatest threat to our health, safety, and security.

Move the Nuclear Weapons Money employs a strategy to shift nuclear weapons budgets and investments to better purposes, such as economic development, ending poverty, protecting the climate, supporting renewable energy, creating jobs, and providing adequate healthcare, housing and education for all.

The Regeneration Fund is dedicated to funding grassroots organizations focused on rebuilding soil matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity as a way to address climate emergency and global sustainability issues.

In partnership with notable charities, The Unification Fund focuses on restoring the rights of indigenous communities, reclaiming ancestral lands, and climate stabilization.

Water is a Human Right advances the efforts of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, the world’s first initiative that is engaging the planet’s many faiths as allies in efforts to create a world where every human being has access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and proper hygiene.

ICV works with Save the Rain to teach water starved communities to harvest the rain and stops the needless deaths caused by the global water crisis.

The Waves are the Oceans Fund focuses on coral restoration, marine life conservation and preventing and reducing ocean pollution.

The White Lion Peace Fund is focused on protecting an ancient primordial site together with an iconic species, while achieving unity in people and unification of wildlands.


Philanthropy: Love of Humankind

At the end of the day, at the end of our lives, we will ask ourselves whether we could have done more for the health and well-being of the planet, of humanity and all living things. We invite you to join us as a new kind of philanthropist, to leverage your charitable giving to create systemic change.

As a tax-exempt public charity as defined by the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Sections 501(c)(3). ICV Group, Inc. is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions under IRC Section 170 and is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106 or 2522 (EIN: 82-2698363).


“Carry on a mission to bring smiles and tender thoughts to the great in heart in high and low places, to comfort and cheer those who do exceptional things or suffer.”

 – William E. Harmon