Catalytic Philanthropy
ICV catalyzes projects that achieve measurable impact. We use all possible tools and donor resources available to solve the most pressing problems that no one nonprofit can solve alone.

We identify and empower change makers who have the character, courage and commitment to lead projects that create systemic change. We form coalitions and public-private partnerships, and we enable stakeholders to develop their own solutions. We employ innovative financing solutions to unlock capital. We leverage our convening power to create awareness and turn that awareness into action.

An Innovative Approach to Philanthropy

We provide impact-oriented philanthropists a new way to allocate tax-deductible, donated capital to catalytic projects designed to solve most pressing problems.

Philanthropists can make an up-front donation and receive a tax-deduction in the year they make the donation. Funds are allocated by catalytic project and managed to potentially grow, tax-free. We provide transparency, simplified record keeping and legacy planning support.

Our Team

We identify solutions that create impact, where performance can be measured. Our team brings experience from outside the nonprofit sector in areas, such as:

  • 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


12 Projects to Save the World

Our catalytic projects, each led by an experienced team who have the character, courage and commitment to solving the world’s greatest challenges. Conducting large-scale interviews and clarifying risks and opportunities, we operate on the ground to facilitate essential research and engage with community leaders to establish sustainable solutions.


  • The Aluna Fund will initially support the historic Original Caretakers Ceremonial Visit of the Kogi, from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia to the United States, which will be led by Kogi Mamos from Colombia and Otomi Shamans from Mexico, and to assist the Kogi in repurchasing their ancestral lands.

  • The Back from the Brink Fund will initially support Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, a global campaign 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 Cancer Breakthroughs Fund, a partnership between ICV and Jefferson, was created to invest in proof-of-concept studies that typically go unfunded through traditional government and industry sources; fuel early-stage investigators in cancer research; and support the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians who hope to write the final chapters of the story that puts cancer into the history books. We have a particular focus on prostate cancer with Dr. Karen Knudsen, one of the top researchers in the world in this area, leading the Fund. This Fund can also allocate to the ICV Cancer Impact Grants to fuel the research of HDFCCC’s most promising and innovative physician-scientists. Each quarter, 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, will select one Impact Grant winner. All ICV members will be kept abreast of the latest findings and breakthroughs made possible by the Fund and the projects of the grant recipients.

  • The Every Breath Counts Fund is a private-public partnership of some of the biggest names in development that formed the Every Breath Counts Coalition, where ICV shall bring visibility to the burden of pneumonia, the leading killer of children under 5. ICV is working closely with the Clinton Health Access Initiative to serve the most vulnerable population, Nigeria, by catalyzing investment in innovations and breakthrough technologies.

  • The Give Freedom Fund is designed for wealthy individuals who wish to advance the well-being of humankind but who may not have the time to diligence organizations or who consider their allocations too large for the capacity of early-stage organizations. ICV has carefully selected early and mid-stage nonprofit organizations — focused on ending modern slavery, human trafficking with an emphasis on sex trafficking, and violence against women and children — for a portfolio structured within a donor-advised fund. ICV conducts extensive due diligence on the organizations, gaining transparency which we, in turn, provide to our donors along with measurable results.

  • The Inner and Outer Peace Fund is designed to advance human potential and effect positive change for humankind. Through Educate Hearts and Minds, we will create synergistic programs between the west and the east to foster benevolent human beings. The initial focus of the Fund will be to allocate capital to educational organizations in low-income communities. In our overly stimulated and chaotic world, A Modern Day Sacred Space helps us find authentic presence in a culture of busyness. This groundbreaking and iconographic meditation orb reinvents the concept of sacred space, with purposefully built installations that reduce stress and restore mind body balance. We will host Spiritual Retreats for investors, philanthropists, entreprenuers and change makers in comfortable and inspirational settings: To do good outside, we must go inside.

  • A Landmine-Free Colombia is a catalytic project for peace building, sustainable agricultural and health systems, and flourishing communities empowered by decent work, gender equality and security. Through partnerships, the engagement of multiple stakeholders, the courage and commitment of men and women, and with the imperishable spiritual gifts of love and hope, this catalytic project will be completed by 2025.

  • The New Era World Model Fund will 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.

  • The Next Pandemic Fund will initially invest in research focused on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and influenza. The Fund will serve as a vital source of support for innovative research being conducted at Stanford Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

  • The Omnis Fund, a partnership between ICV and the Omnis Institute, was created to support critical research focused on solutions to the health disparities in both refugee camps and urban refugee communities.

  • The One Humanity Institute Fund seeks to create a global peace epicenter at Auschwitz, A City of Hope, where visitors experience the stark realities of the past alongside models of transformation for a culture of sustainable peace and the uniting of humanity. This is a place for peace education in an environment where more than 2 million visitors each year will come to imagine a new future together, where future generations will leave empowered to be the change they want to see in the world and to spread the message of “Never again.”

  • Water is a Human Right will advance 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.



” 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.

Much like achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 is ambitious and will require multiple stakeholder engagement, the catalytic projects of ICV are ambitious. Combining the power of money with the power of compassion can complete these projects on a scale where we can say in confidence, ‘never again.’ We invite you to join us as a new kind of philanthropist, to leverage your charitable giving to catalyze social change.”  

– Robert Smith, Founder of ICV