Our Mission and Areas
Per the Founder and Grantor of The Ikoku Charitable Trusts, their originating charitable mission includes a commitment to developing ways to attend to and promote the public interest within Africa and across continents, within and across local and global communities, and also within and across fields and modes of communal participation, cultural expression, daily living and knowledge production.
Mission Through Areas
A primary means by which The Ikoku Charitable Trusts fulfill the originating charitable mission is via a tripartite structure that entails their particular relationship to The Ikoku Foundations. The Ikoku Charitable Trusts hold and manage the donated assets of The Ikoku Foundations, and periodically distribute portions of said assets to the Foundations for their charitable operations. The holding, management and distribution of these assets are done with specified attention to our Trusts Areas of Philanthropy and Public Benefit — all twelve of which are delineated by the Founder in The Declaration of Trust.
Trusts Areas as Aegis and Auspices
Thus much of our good works are administered, developed and funded under the auspices of our Trusts Areas of Public Benefit — which are not separable lines of account — but dedicated areas, and where needed accompanying financial instruments, that are tasked with focusing our attention, commitment, resources and assessment as we conceive, conduct and periodically review our charitable efforts.
Trusts Areas of Public Benefit
The Ikoku Charitable Trusts develop and carry out their charitable purposes and philanthropic work via the Trusts Areas of Public Benefit delineated below, for which we also provide access to further information:
Education and Research
Agriculture and Sustenance
Civic Society and Governance
Contributions to Public Knowledge
Cultural and Technological Innovation
Energy and Infrastructure
Ethical Research and Care
Human and Environmental Health
Humanistic Inquiry and Expression
Public Opinion and Civic Discourse
Rights and Covenants
The Trusts Areas Projects
We also provide access to a number of projects below that are administered, funded and reviewed under the auspices of the Trusts Areas. Note that the development and operations of these projects are the purview of The Ikoku Foundations, and so the access to further information will, as appropriate, eventually guide you to the Foundations themselves.
Dais for Academic and Intellectual Sessions
Database of Centers for Education and Research
Database of Ethical Research and Care
Database of Governance and Participation in Society
Database of Humanitarian Aid, Need, Development & Support
Database of Public Opinion and Discourse
Database of Youth Communities
Distribution of Agriculture and Sustenance
Distribution of Energy and Infrastructure
Distribution of Human and Environmental Health
Distribution of Public Innovation
Distribution of Rights and Covenants
Education Programs in Life, Experience, Expertise & Societies
Research Programs in Life, Experience, Expertise & Societies
Medium for Innovation & Understanding in Medicine & Science
Portal for the Arts, Languages & their Study
Programs for Early Learning and Youth in Action
Communities at The Trusts
As introduced above, the inspiration for and conditions surrounding the establishment of The Ikoku Charitable Trusts result in a set of core emphases reflected in more than our stated charitable mission. They go on to inform each instance of work and effort to achieve benefit, impact and success in the communities we serve. And they further produce three features evident in our activities, operations, structure and most importantly, people:
Governace Suited to Local and Global Philanthropy
We have designed the governing structure of The Ikoku Trusts and Foundations in order to be attentive to needs and operations at the local and global level, as well as across the complex states and societies where our communities reside, living shared, interdependent lives.
With Respect Being Central to Our Ethics
At the core of our Founding and Governing Code of Ethics is a commitment to the most robust conceptions of respect, dignity and humanity, including and beyond what the law has protected and provided for, as we fulfill our twin mottos: to serve the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas; and to account for the past while ensuring a shared and just future.
To Ensure a Just and Shared Future for Many
We are inspired by peoples who have contributed to the foundations and development of their societies, despite a history of systemic difficulties. Who maintain an unyielding belief that the betterment of their human condition will foster the betterment of those living around them and will enhance the futures of the regularly disenfranchised, marginalized and underserved. . We draw from their example a vision of the public good and common community that is our hope and objective.
We are independent, private, non-profit organizations that serve the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas — by advancing education and research and by also supporting creative ideas, civic communities, and emerging institutions.
— About Us
Nature, Scope, Means
Our founding mission and ongoing emphases of support are for good works that help the public understand Africa's essential place in a global future, one that is to be more knowledgeable, environmentally sound, and equitable, of deep benefit across communities in shared societies.
— Founding & Overview
Mission, Charitable Goals, Trusts Areas
To this end, we are governed by a Board of Trustees and two differently dedicated Advisory Boards of Directors — a three-board system set out and defined in the original Declaration of Trust, where our Founding and Governing Code of Ethics is also delineated.
Leadership, Boards, Documents
The policies provided on these Sites collectively constitute our Corporate Code of Conduct and User Agreement, which govern all activity and work in and for, access to and use of, association with and reference to The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations. Please read them attentively.
Take a look, and follow us, during media events we attend and the coverage that at times precedes them or ensues. You may also sign up for our newsletter, which will update you about news and events from the publics we serve.
— Press & Media
News, Events, Articles
Join us as a potential leader, staff, board or committee member, researcher or educator, contributor or volunteer. A career of doing good through The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations may be the perfect fit for you.
— Careers at the Trusts
Jobs, Volunteer, Research