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Mission: The organization's mission is to advance science; promote the conservation of natural resources such as forests, lands, or wildlife, for the benefit of the entire community; provide relief to the poor, distressed, or underprivileged; and support other organizations conducting activities exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code. The foundation aims to empower, educate, and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.

Programs: Grants program - the isf emergency medical care grant for animals was established in february of 2014. The grant provides financial assistance to animal welfare organizations, agencies, and individual rescuers responsible for the care of animals recovering from abuse, neglect, injuries suffered from a traumatic event, or other illness. The purpose of this grant is to provide animal victims a second chance by alleviating their rescuers of the financial stress of treatment so they can focus on facilitating the animal's adoption into a permanent, loving home. In 2014, isf granted $75,000. 00 helping 204 creatures, including dogs, cats, horses, and other farm, exotic, and wildlife animals. Each animal's journey showed us the true meaning of strength, love, and will, for both man and animal. Individual grants - isf granted $5000. 00 to the savory institute in support of its charitable mission to promote large-scale restoration of the world's grasslands through holistic management using properly managed livestock to heal the land and empower others to do the same. The savory institute seeks to remove barriers on the path to large-scale success through activities such as conducting research, creating market incentives, and raising public awareness.

public outreah & education - provides information to educate and engage supporters and to create public awareness of issues that are vital to isf's charitable mission. In 2014, isf provided daily social media postings to more than one million supporters via facebook, twitter, and instagram. The isf website currently provides information, educational content, and assistance, including 15 to 20 new articles per month, creative supporter challenges, and access to isf's grant programs. Isf also began an extensive redesign of its website in 2014 which will allow it to deliver even more program content in a user-friendly way. Isf volunteer and internship opportunities allowed supporters to gain hands-on experience and isf booths at events across the country allowed for valuable in-person outreach. Isf efforts further included strategic partnerships, celebrity engagement, cause marketing, traditional media relations, and campaigns including coal sucks, plastic straws can suck it, green your thirst, and #istandfor. Isf collaborated with and granted $3000. 00 to connecther in support of the girls impact the world film festival and the green is award in which high school and undergraduate college students submit three- to five-minute short films that either propose solutions to environmental issues that impact women and girls or create awareness about environmental issues that impact women and girls. Topics included climate change; green energy; water; pollution, garbage, and waste reduction; bio-diversity; and other issues. One of the 2014 green is award winning filmmakers has gone on to screen her film about the health complications related to excessive use of chemical pesticides and the importance of organic farming for lawmakers across the middle east, triggering the introduction of new laws to stop the use of harmful pesticides. Isf's president and co-founder, ian somerhalder was designated as a united nations environment programme goodwill ambassador. Ian, in his role as a unep ambassador and as isf's president, collaborated with isf to "connect to go greener", with a specific call for communities - including businesses, organizations, schools and individuals - to connect their resources and skills for a more sustainable, resource-efficient way of living. As president of isf, ian somerhalder appeared before the u. S. House of representatives committee on natural resources, where he testified in support of the u. S. Fish and wildlife service's plan for a ban on commercial trade in elephant ivory. He also emphasized the importance of the multinational species conservation funds (mscf), established by congress to provide support for the protection of elephants, rhinos, tigers, and other species. Ian encouraged the subcommittee to extend the mscf semipostal stamp, which raises critical funding for anti-poaching activities through purchases of the stamp by the public.

creatures division program - missisnip'n spay and neuter clinic - isf went to tylertown, mississippi, and, in collaboration with st. Francis animal sanctuary, performed over 100 spay and neuter procedures in addition to general exams and rabies vaccinations. Isf provided both funding, via a $5,000 grant, and volunteer medical services. Spay/neuter services not only serve to control animal overpopulation, but also are often medically beneficial for animals placing them at lower risk for infection and disease. Providing free and/or affordable spaying and neutering plays an important role in our efforts to end euthanasia and animal homelessness. Creatures division campaigns - isf's #time4thetalk campaign launched with a hilarious and informative video crafted to get people talking about the birds and the bees as pollinators. #time4thetalk followed up with monthly articles and a milk seed giveaway helping to spread the word about how important pollinators are to the survival of all creatures. The overconsumption of meat and its dangers to animals, our health, and the environment was highlighted via the meatless monday campaign. Isf asked people to think twice about wearing someone else's skin in the don't hide campaign focusing on conscious consumerism and why we should avoid leather, fur, and other hide-based industries. We explored the environmental hazards that come from the tanning process as well as uncovered some of the animal cruelty that is often involved in the making of these products.

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has worked with ISF for 5 years now and he's enjoyed every minute of it. I've seen so much love, compassion and dedication from everyone working within ISF it's so beautiful. They work so hard to support Animals, People and the environment along with teaching children kindness and compassion. ISF is an amazing nonprofit foundation that is doing so much good.

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ISFVeronica 06/20/2017

We are so happy your family is a part of ISF! Thank you for being involved and helping our shared mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation has opened my eyes in regards to sustainability & the protection of our Earth. I was able to volunteer for a beach clean up in Flint, Michigan in hopes of bringing awareness of the terrible conditions of the water in Flint. It also brings awareness of polluted ocean water all over the world. The day was dedicated to the youth. They genuinely care about the health of our planet because of ISF & because their parents know how important sustainability is. If the youth can have a clear understanding of the negative effects certain things have on our planet today, it can really pave the way to a healthier & greener planet.

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ISFVeronica 06/14/2017

We are so happy you were able to be a part of the Flint Michigan youth day clean up. Thank you so much for your involvement in ISF.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands down the most generous and professional non-profit I've ever volunteered with! I'm proud and honored to serve its mission.

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ISFVeronica 06/14/2017

Thank you. We are so happy to have your family involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love ISF and their work in getting our children involved in community work! Their passion for our kids is incredible!

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ISFVeronica 06/20/2017

Thank you! Our youth is incredible. We are so thankful for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Candi Fair and I am a volunteer within the Ian Somerhalder Foundation's Youth Division.
I personally, have seen the positive impact that this foundation has on our youth of today. ISF gives young people the tools, platforms and encouragement and education to help them find their passions and strive to see them come to life. I feel VERY fortunate to get the honor to work with kids who are actively and passionately engaging each other and their communities to "Do Better" for our world, to make an actual, tangible difference..... that's where ISF stands apart from other foundations.....the kids have the control to participate in projects and grassroot inituitives or any other positive ,change making ideas they want .....and they are doing it big!!!
I have participated in two ISF YOUTH DAYS with these awesome young people. ISF YOUTH DAYS are days set aside for our ISF YOUTH to come together in different parts of our country to roll up their sleeves and volunteer at specific locations that need our help. From traveling to Flint Michigan to help with their water crisis to traveling to Georgia to volunteer at an animal sanctuary, I have had the AMAZING privilege to witness the passion and excitement of these kids who are eager to help, volunteer, roll up their sleeves and not afraid to use their voices and speak their minds. Their ideas, heart and pure will, encourage me everyday! Thanks to ISF our most valuable resource, our YOUTH, has a voice and are making a positive impact on our world and all it's inhabitants.

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ISFVeronica 06/14/2017

Thank you so much for this review Candi and for all you do to help our youth team at ISF.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a MobSTIR (Youth Volunteer) for ISF for the year 2016. Firstly, the reason why I applied for the position was because I genuinely loved and still love ISF's purpose. It works towards helping the environment and the creatures in it. The one thing that I believe makes ISF truly stand out amongst all the other non-profits I came across is it's Youth Division; ISF allows the children of today to take part in the glorious work of helping the community. This is very important for the youth of today because they need to learn the responsibility they have towards the world around them and understand the true meaning of love. That is what ISF is for me; love and more love for everyone and everything. I'm from Bangladesh and the way I have been loved and supported by all the ISF members in every way possible is heart touching. I worked on a couple of projects for ISF but, growing vegetables was the best because it was the first time I had done full planting myself. ❤️

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ISFVeronica 06/14/2017

Thank you so much for being a part of ISF and for so actively being a positive change in this world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with the Ian Somerhalder foundation has been nothing but a positive one. I have had the opportunity to work with so many motivated kids who really care about making an impact in the world. The organization has been doing so many incredible projects in order to better our environment and social climate and is still continuing to do so.

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ISFVeronica 06/14/2017

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us Chloe. We are so happy to have you as a part of ISF.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an ISF youth volunteer for over a year now and I could not be more in love! Everyone who is involved with ISF are the most friendly and caring people you will ever meet. This foundation is willing to do what it takes to make a positive impact in this world, and it is the most beautiful thing ever!

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ISFVeronica 06/14/2017

We are so happy you are involved in ISF!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son is six years old and is incredibly passionate about the environment - animal and ocean protection, in particular. He loves sharks and wants to be a shark biologist when he grows up.

There are not a lot of organizations that involve youth as thoroughly as ISF.

This organization not only provides him with ideas and information, it connects him to likeminded people and allows him to have a voice, even at the age of six.

This organization does tremendous work. I see it every day in how my son is learning to view and help the world.

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ISFVeronica 06/14/2017

We are so happy to have both you and your son involved in ISF.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This foundation provided funds to our rescue to help us cover the medical bills of three pups with parvo. With this help, all three survived and have found loving homes. Thank you for helping us help dogs!

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ISFVeronica 06/11/2017

We are so glad we were able to help and so happy to know they have all recovered and found their forever homes. Thank you so much for all you do to help animals in need!

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