What We Do
Our Vision Statement:
ICO is founded on the premise that friends working together can harness the power of innovative ideas; through the common goals of communities and volunteers around the world, ICO develops processes and community-led initiatives to advance education and alleviate poverty.
Our Approach - Volunteers and Transparency:
We do all our work with volunteer Team Members who handle our administration, management and field support on ICO Initiatives. We also cover 100% of our Foundation's overhead from our investments. Volunteers and investments enable ICO to ensure that 100% of donations go to the ICO Initiative that our donors choose to support.
We also show our cash flow accounts LIVE 24/7 on the Internet for anybody to see. We have been doing this for over six years and we are still the only organization that we know of that operates in this way. We will also provide all information and any assistance needed to any non-profit (in harmony with our goals and values) that strives to be totally transparent as well.
Getting Results - Organizing and Managing:
In order for us to achieve what we have, we must use a unique approach to organizing and managing, chaordic management.
If you are interested in learning how we build chaordic processes and teams and how they work, then please click here.
So what exactly have we done?
In Canada, we provided the concept, funding and building management for the first "Wet House" in BC and the second in North America. That residential facility provided a home for 24 of our fellow citizens who had mutliple issues of homelessness, mental health and addiction. This was a zero barrier entry approach which provided full support from health professionals. The concept worked and has saved lives and enabled people to return to productive and healthy lives. This Initiative has matured and we were delighted to have sold the facility to the Victoria Cool Aid Society to further develop the concept.
We also have a residential building, again leased to the health authority, for 22 people, who have persistent mental health issues and are at risk of homelessness. ICO also maintains an Operations Room and Community Meeting Room in the building.
To see the Communities around the World who we work together with, click on the top menu and choose a Region.