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Preparing for the Future through Coaching

Posted by ICF Foundation | June 27, 2019 | Comments (1)

Giving the “Gift of Coaching” entails identifying deep needs, forging meaningful partnerships with nonprofit organizations that share our commitment to changing the world, and applying the coaching where and how it’s needed most. The ICF Foundation’s Gift of Coaching Awards program celebrates ICF Chapters with impactful pro bono coaching initiatives that make a difference in their communities.

This month, we are spotlighting ICF Australasia, the 2018 Single Award Winner for their work with The University of Queensland (QA).

UQ is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. The ICF Australasia Chapter partnered with the University’s Business School Student Employability team. Students were supported by coaching as they went through their post-graduation readiness process. The partnership not only unlocked students’ potential but also created a greater awareness of the difference between coaching and mentoring.

The coaching program with ICF Australasia enhanced the students’ reflective practices and provided them with another life experience to draw from. ICF Australasia Coaches provided a service that parallels both their coachee’s aspirations and the goals of the program. Coaching created greater value and a deeper level of learning for each student who participated in the initiative.

“Helping to set students up for success through coaching provision seemed like the perfect opportunity for us to give back to the community and make a difference.  As students will become our leaders of the future, we also saw it an opportunity to promote ICF and the coaching profession by offering students the opportunity to experience firsthand the benefits of coaching,” said Kathryn Donaldson, Leadership Team Member from ICF Australasia.

ICF Australasia and UQ worked together to measure the effectiveness of the initiative using check-ins and surveys of both participants and coaches. Over 30 coaches were matched with 44 student participants. One hundred percent of student respondents indicated that they would participate in the ICF Australasia coaching program again if offered the opportunity.

“Coaching sessions enabled me to figure out my aspiration for my life, which can be the standard for me to choose my career path and actions,” said one of the students’ who was surveyed.

Donaldson said the impact of pro bono coaching on the community and the chapter was also very tangible. This partnership allowed ICF Australasia to build relationships with UQ Business School and gain valuable exposure to promote the benefits of coaching among the student population and industry mentors.  It could not have worked without the wonderful and generous contribution of our coaches, Kathryn explained.

“I would suggest finding an organization where the Gift of Coaching can make a real difference. Find an ICF team who have already gone through the experience of setting up a pro bono initiative to learn from their experience.  Take the time to plan out the program, agree objectives with the organization from the start including how you will measure success.  Communicate expectations to the coaches involved and check in with them regularly to ensure the program is running smoothly,” said Kathryn, on how to get your own chapter started with Gift of Coaching.

The ICF Foundation presented ICF Australasia with the award at the 2019 ICF Global Leaders Forum in Dublin, Ireland, on March 22, 2019. ICF Australasia with ICF Foundation

The Gift of Coaching Awards program celebrates ICF Chapters with impactful pro bono coaching initiatives that make a difference in their communities and in the world. The Gift of Coaching Awards program represents the mission of the Foundation, intended to leverage the excellent work ICF Chapters are already doing to increase awareness of and better their communities through professional coaching. If you would like to learn more about the Gift of Coaching Awards, visit or participate in the “Preparing Your Gift of Coaching Application” webinar on September 3.

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Established in 2004, the ICF Foundation exists to promote social progress through pro bono coaching, training and research. While a separate nonprofit entity from the International Coach Federation, the ICF Foundation is bonded in relationship with ICF Global to continue moving forward in igniting social progress. The Ignite: Engaging Humanity Through Education initiative is part of the ICF Foundation’s long-term strategy to advance social progress through coaching by aligning with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations. To learn more or to get involved with Ignite, please contact Ignite: Program Director Stephanie Keally at  

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Comments (1)

  1. Hello Coaches!

    We really appreciate the initiatives ICF is taking to help coaches make a long-lasting positive impact in every community and in the world at large. ICF’s portal is pretty comprehensive when it comes to providing information about relevant coaches in one’s area, and the coaches themselves are proud to be a member of such a benevolent cause.

    I’ve worked with coaches as well, and it is really important to be succinct and precise about what you are offering as a coach to your ideal clients. And that is why I feel particularly about Coaching Websites that miss out on clients because of a few silly mistakes and oversights.

    As a coach, you create your own website for your coaching business & showcase a course, a particular product or a service that you want to provide to your coaching clients.

    But the website doesn’t seem to work.

    There is no traffic on the site.

    You are not getting any email subscribers.

    And you don’t seem to be able to reach out to the people who need your service.

    You begin to worry, doubt yourself, and think you are falling into an endless pit of failure.

    Stop right there! Worrying is a waste of time.

    I’ve worked on a comprehensive list of the essential elements required to create a conversion optimised landing page for a coaching business. You could go through it on our Blog.

    Thank you for continually working towards a harmonious community of coaches and clients.

    Have a lovely day!

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