Kiy to be honored for binational cooperation
Richard Kiy, president and chief executive of the International Community Foundation, will be an honoree at this year’s Dos Aguilas, or Two Eagles, Binational Fiesta, a fundraiser for the San Diego Natural History Museum.
The fiesta is a benefit for the museum, which celebrates “our binational region” and recognizes two honorees each year that have contributed to cross-border cooperation and environmental understanding, a release from the museum stated.
The International Community Foundation is a public charity dedicated to expanding giving along the U.S.-Mexico border, Baja California peninsula and communities across the Americas and Asia.
“It’s great to be recognized for the work we do,” Kiy said. “It’s really a reflection, though, of the collective efforts of all of our donors.”
Since Kiy took over the helm in 2001, the foundation has grown to more than $9 million in assets and granted more than $18 million to charitable causes in the regions it serves.
“The IFC has been really generous with the Natural History Museum’s programs,” Yolanda S. Walther-Meade, co-chair of the museum, said.
She said the IFC is a big funding source for the museum’s Proyecto Bioregional de Educacion Ambiental – or Biregional Project for Environmental Education, PROBEA – that since has trained more than 3,000 teachers in the U.S. and Mexico on teaching environmental sensitivity since 1993. PROBEA has reached an estimated 90,000 students, Walther-Meade said.
The International Community Foundation’s reach is broad, Kiy said. He said 60 percent of the organization’s grant making goes to environmental charities. The rest is for social and health-related programs. He said the philosophy of the organization is that these issues are intertwined. “We have a holistic approach to promoting community development.”
Many of the foundation’s benefactors live in North County, Kiy said.
Enrique Gamboa Núñez, president of the Boys and Girls Club of Mexico, is the other honoree.
Additionally, Exequiel Ezcurra, Ph.D., former museum provost and director of the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias, and now director of UC MEXUS and Professor of Plant Ecology, University of California Institute of the United States and Mexico, will be honored for excellence in service.
Kiy grew up in San Diego and lives in the Torrey Hills area with his wife Monica, a volunteer with the International Community Foundation, and two sons Derek, 12, and Danny, 9, who attend Carmel Valley Middle School and Ocean Air School.
The fiesta takes place March 6 from 6 p.m. to midnight and features live music and dance
as well as gourmet food and beverages provided by caterers from both sides of the border.
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