IFF is fully committed to our partners. We provide tangible and intangible support to our implementing partners to cultivate increased impact and purposeful engagement.
IFF is deeply invested in the philanthropic community. We actively build relationships with our partners as well as other implementing organizations and funding partners. We facilitate relationships between funders in the sector and foster networks.
IFF is dedicated to pursuing continuous learning to improve our organization and to enhance our work. We actively share our knowledge with our partners and our networks.
IFF values diversity of opinion, approach, perspective and background. We believe that a global perspective and equality and justice are essential to our work.
IFF promotes transparency and honesty in ourselves and in our relationships.
WHO WE ARE
David Issroff is principal of City Hall Capital, LLC, a New York based boutique investment firm with deep experience investing in multiple asset classes globally. Born in South Africa, David was educated in the United Kingdom and the United States, where he graduated from Wesleyan University. Prior to moving to NYC in 2006, David was a Partner with Glencore International AG of Switzerland, where he was responsible for the global Ferro Alloys and Nickel Division of one of the world’s largest suppliers of a wide range of commodities to industrial consumers. In this capacity, David served as a non-executive Director of various public corporations in South Africa, Switzerland and the U.K., including Xstrata Plc from 2002-2006. Together with his wife Lisa, David founded the Issroff Family Foundation, whose mission is to provide support for youth in Southern & Eastern Africa, Israel, and New York City. David serves on the boards of various private portfolio investment companies and several non-profit organizations, including Echoing Green and US Advisory Council of the African Leadership Academy.
Lisa Issroff and her husband, David, co-founded the Issroff Family Foundation in 2007 to partner with community-based organizations to improve outcomes for children, youth, and their communities. Serving as IFF’s president, Lisa is particularly interested in providing funding, capacity, and advisory support to early stage organizations engaged with developing and empowering youth in Southern and Eastern Africa and New York. Building on her experience working with these organizations, Lisa is also focused on helping to build networks in the New York area to support a vibrant and engaged funder community and a community of young woman professionals working in the sector. Lisa serves on several of the boards of IFF’s partner organizations. She is the current Chair of the Board of Ongoza. Additionally, she serves on the board of Generation Citizen. She has previously served in a formal capacity on the boards or advisory boards of Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, Educate! and Afrika Tikkun. She is also on the US Advisory Board of African Leadership Academy. Lisa graduated from Wesleyan University and currently lives in New York City.
Falconer serves as the Foundation Co-ordinator at the Issroff Family Foundation. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University, focused on international development and social enterprise administration. While pursuing her MSW, Falconer worked at goods for good, a non- profit committed to empowering communities to transform orphan care in Sub Saharan Africa. Prior to going back to school, Falconer worked at Arabella Advisors, a consulting firm focused on helping philanthropists and investors achieve the greatest good with their resources. Additionally, Falconer previously taught primary school in Windhoek, Namibia.
Gabriele Blecher is the Issroff Family Foundation’s External Relations Coordinator. Gabriele left South Africa at a young age, but is still very committed to the development of the African continent. She graduated from Hampshire College where her senior paper was about South African artists living in exile and the role of the arts in the apartheid struggle. After attending cooking school in South Africa, she returned to New York where she had extensive experience in catering, management, and event planning. Motivated by trying to make the world a better place for her two young daughters, and seeing the importance of sharing and listening to people’s stories, she transitioned into development, branding, and resource mobilization in the philanthropic sector.
Merly joined the Issroff Family Foundation as an Administrative Assistant in 2012. Born in Colombia, she worked for several years in Santa Marta as an attorney for a global service company before moving to the United States in 2010. Working closely with programs to empower children and youth through education and entrepreneurship has convinced her of the importance of philanthropy to help achieve transformative and deeper change in Africa. Merly is interested in immigration, youth empowerment, and education.