Introducing Ignite – a pro-bono initiative

Ignite program launched in Edmonton.

ICF Edmonton is happy to announce we are adapting our annual pro-bono coaching initiative to align with the ICF Foundation’s pro-bono initiative, Ignite.

Through pro-bono coaching projects, the Ignite Initiative uses the collective power of ICF Chapters to accelerate the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Since its launch in 2017, the specific focus is on Goal #4: Education – ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Together, our chapter will ignite social progress in the Edmonton area by providing pro-bono coaching to partnering educational organizations. These organizations may include schools, educational nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and associations that focus on education. When we share the power of coaching with our world, we have the power to ignite our local communities and spark a global impact.

What’s Happened to Date

In March, our Chapter President, Kevin Tomkins, formalized our participation in Ignite by signing a Chapter Agreement with the ICF Foundation.

James Greengrass has been nominated as the Project Manager for our local initiative. He will formalize agreements with local educational partners, coordinate the program, and match volunteer coaches with the needs of our partner organizations.

During the early stages of the initiative, James is working to identify potential partner organizations and coaches who are interested in donating their time as a pro-bono coach.

How To Get Involved

There are two ways to get involved at this early stage as we launch the initiative:

  1. Indicate your interest in being an Ignite pro-bono coach. ICF Edmonton members who have held a credential for a minimum of 3 years and can commit to a minimum of 3 pro-bono coaching hours qualify to participate in the program. Please email James at subject line “Ignite coach,” to get more information and indicate your interest.
  2. Introduce us to an educational organization that could benefit from pro-bono coaching. Please email James at if you are connected to a local educational institution that could benefit from the Ignite program. We look forward to hearing your ideas on how we can support the local education community through the power of coaching.

Learn More

We will update the ICF Edmonton website as more information and formalized plans become available.

To learn more about Ignite as a whole (including program history, requirements, background information, FAQs), please visit the ICF Foundation’s Ignite website.