Exploring ICF Delhi NCR’s Culture of Giving
Coaches are in the business of helping people, whether it’s helping someone get a head in the workforce or walking someone through a career change. But what happens when your community needs more and something different than what a coaching session can offer? ICF Delhi NCR was faced with a similar challenge. They saw a community in need and realized they had the skills to help create social change, using their coaching skills in a unique and beneficial way.
By putting an emphasis on social change through coaching and committing to “helping the helpers,” ICF Delhi NCR has positioned itself as a role model for ICF Chapters worldwide. In recognition of ICF Delhi NCR’s commitment to building strong communities through coaching, the ICF Foundation named the Chapter its 2017 Culture of Giving Award winner.
To promote social change in India, ICF Delhi NCR aligned with four different nongovernmental organizations (NGOs): SOS Children’s Villages, SightLife, Centre for Catalyzing Change and Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication.
The idea to choose these four organizations came from a deep need and desire ICF Delhi NCR had to create a “ripple effect” throughout the community. Each one of these social development organizations has different needs, that were met by the coaching of ICF Delhi NCR.
SOS Children’s Villages is an independent NGO that provides care for orphans and abandoned children in India. SightLife is a nonprofit that focuses on giving the blind in India new eyes through surgeries and research. The Centre for Catalyzing Change specializes in empowering all women throughout different development sectors. The Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication is a societal group that seeks to find solutions to global problems through spirituality. These partnerships were a strategic selection by ICF New Delhi NCR to touch four drastically different issues in India.
Coaching clients across the board reported higher levels of effectiveness and better management. Clients reported higher levels of well-being and self-respect, leading to better confidence and stress management in the workplace. This collaboration between ICF Delhi and these four NGOs has drastically increased the awareness of coaching as well as providing these organizations with the tools and resources they need to grow and better the community.
These pro bono projects are an example of the impact coaching has on local communities and NGOs. Does your local chapter have similar projects? Share in the comments.
The ICF Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Gift of Coaching Awards. The Gift of Coaching Award in the portfolio category (formerly called the Culture of Giving Award) recognizes an ICF Charter Chapter or Chapter for its portfolio of three or more impactful nonprofit, pro bono initiatives and its ongoing commitment to the ICF Foundation’s ideals and values. The ICF Foundation Gift of Coaching Award Single Initiative recognizes an ICF Charter Chapter or Chapter for a single, impactful nonprofit partnership initiative with pro bono coaching at its heart. For more information and to apply, go to foundationoficf.org/giftofcoaching.