The ICF Foundation envisions a world in which coaching accelerates and amplifies positive impact on humanity and the planet. The Ignite Initiative was launched in 2017 to support this mission using the collective power of ICF Chapters, Members and Credential-holders.
Ignite is a call for individual, ICF-credentialed coaches to work as a team to provide pro bono coaching to a partner organization whose mission is aligned with a United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goal. Individual ICF Chapters lead their own Ignite programs and the ICF Foundation provides tools, support and best practices, allowing coaches to focus on achieving the greatest impact.
In 2020, ICF Philadelphia partnered with Women’s Way for our first Ignite Program. Through the generous engagement of our member coaches, we provided executive coaching to 23 leaders of Women’s Way. Feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive and most respondents reported that they made significant positive changes in all areas of leadership as a result of the program. Several of the leaders continued their coaching engagements beyond the end of the Ignite Program.
Our 2021 partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence (BBBSI) kicked off on May 17 as part of International Coaching Week 2021. We have matched 25 ICFP member coaches with BBBSI participants. The pairs will conduct regular coaching sessions through October 2021.
Through the Ignite Program, ICF Philadelphia not only builds relationships with our partner organizations, we gain broader visibility which helps to further our Chapter’s mission to expand the impact and reach of coaching in our area and help create coaching partnerships in our community.