ILF Reapproved by Combined Federal Campaign for 2017 – 2018 as Trustworthy Non-Profit and gained Gold Seal from Guidestar

Contact: Soo-Kyung Koo | 202-204-3019 |


The International Leadership Foundation Reapproved by Combined Federal Campaign for 2017 – 2018 as Trustworthy Non-Profit and gained Gold Seal from Guidestar

Washington, D.C. — Established in 2000 as a non-profit organization, the International Leadership Foundation (ILF) has promoted the civic engagement, leadership empowerment, and economic prosperity of the Asian Pacific American community to enhance the representation of diversity in our country. Our mission is to develop young leaders in the United States, Asia, and Pacific Rim countries in the fields of public service, entrepreneurship, and international business and politics through a network of business and community leaders. Our mission is accomplished through civic leadership training and support from the ILF’s network of 15 national and global advisory boards. Since 2000, ILF has provided scholarships and educational programs (ILF Civic Fellowship program, Young Ambassadors program, Youth Leadership Academy/Workshop) with over 7,000 students to cultivate the pipeline of emerging leaders.

In September of this year, ILF was reapproved as a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) approved non-profit organization for 2017-2018. Due to ILF’s transparency and excellent management, CFC has continuously approved the organization since 2012. The CFC after The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) was created under the U.S. Office of Personnel Management by President Ronald Reagan’s 1982 “Charitable Fundraising” executive order 12353, in an effort to encourage federal workers, retirees, and government contractors to be more proactive in charitable giving. You can find ILF from the “Catalog of Caring” published by the CFC or search us at with its serial number 24372.

The CFC manages a database of non-profits that meet a strict set of requirements. All CFC approved charities must be 501(c)(3) approved non-profits and prove their transparency by submitting information about their auditing, governance and program functions. Applicants must also provide an official copy of their IRS Form 990 for their most recent fiscal year. All CFC approved organizations must demonstrate responsible and effective spending of their funds. Any fundraising or administrative costs must be kept below 25% of annual revenue, with the majority of their funds going directly to carrying out their mission and to their mission’s beneficiaries.

Donors can do a charity search on the CFC website and trust that when they donate to a CFC approved non-profit, their donations will not be misused.

Our Executive Director SooKyung Koo said “We are proud of our organization’s transparency and is excited to be a Combined Federal Campaign approved non-profit. We will continue to create programs to develop young leaders from the Asian American Pacific Islanders community.

ILF also earned Gold seal from Guidestar which is an organization which revolutionize philanthropy by providing information about non-profit organizations that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving. Guidestar holds potential donors for ILF which can increase and extend ability of ILF. ILF got gold seal from Guidestar which means top 0.5% of non-profit organization in United States.

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