Systems for Human Empowerment better known as Intellect Love Mercy (ILM) Foundation, has been serving the general public in Southern California, since 1998.  Our first ever event was called the “International Day for the Family.” It was held then, at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Successfully we were able to mobilize over 10,000 attendees to address social ills that affects the global family, which led to our present local work.

ILM converts charity into Awareness-Advocacy-Action, creating educational events that are focused on diversion programs for youth and advocacy for the homelessness. Based in low income communities, where there is a need to empower and build the capacity of its local residents. Our mission is “ILM Foundation’s mission is to teach life skills to economically underprivileged youth and adults so that social ills are replaced with opportunities for intellectual and economic empowerment, so we can divert youth and adults away from the criminal justice system.”

As a community-based organization, for the last 20 years we have provided relief and direct services in both Los Angeles and Orange County servicing the individual, families, and shelters. Through this effort is where we organize and train interfaith communities how to effectively provide direct services (medical, dental, and hygienic care products) for homeless populations throughout Southern California.

Over the last few years, ILM Foundation has strengthened its domestic work. We have built a resourceful network of civic officials, business leaders, and agencies; making ILM a key Los Angeles community partner, that inspires good will and social change. Our work creates awareness around existing conditions of homelessness and having community accountability as a result of gentrification happening in urban areas. This is why we convert charity into awareness, advocacy, and action; to further push for policy change. Intellect-Love-Mercy is a mindful approach that stimulates continued support, for ILM’s work, as we utilize tools of social innovation.

ILM’s service philosophy is to serve indiscriminately without desiring anything in return. Our mantra is a simple “show of love for others, what you love for yourself” is what we apply to throughout all communities. Our objective is to effectively create an accountable community that will overcome the effects of poverty; so we can slowly reverse its conditions with community and philanthropic support.

Our methodology for reaching people is through our application of Intellect-Love-Mercy. As we help urban residents to have more accountability, by designing new systems for human empowerment. ILM is extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve and we pray our efforts are accepted.


#UmarHakim | Director |