The core of ILM Foundation’s programming is simply apply 3 elements of “Intellect-Love-Mercy” into each effort. Our culture of providing Neighborly Needs in today’s new world is vital to the unhoused, our youth, and building power in Los Angeles. We practice social responsibility, which can be considered as a more strategic form of charity for a more sustainable change.

See our 2022 Humanitarian Day Action Press Release

Participate and Share
#ilovemercy: tell your story of “how you apply ‘Intellect-Love-Mercy’ in your work or daily lives.” Whether on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram ~ Share Your Story with family, friends, and co-workers. Let’s Make a Difference!

1. Like Our Facebook Pages Humanitarian Day and ILM Foundation
2. Follow Us on Twitter @iLoveMercy
3. Tell a brief story of how you use Intellect-Love-Mercy. Be sure to include the #ilovemercy hashtag.
4. You can also share a meaningful quote or meme with the hashtag #ilovemercy.

Make sure you use the hashtag #ilovemercy, so we can follow your experiences ~ thank you.

Share Your Story
During this month of Ramadan, the I.L.M. Foundation celebrates the 23rd Annual Humanitarian Day, a direct service and charity . We will begin a series of story-telling photographs on our Facebook pages. Each photo has captured a special Humanitarian Day when you enjoyed doing this work. We have enjoyed so many moments while we were fasting and serving the the unhoused during the month of Ramadan. Building community and organizing for a social purpose, something that builds moral character within ourselves.

We appreciate and acknowledge every volunteer’s commitment for charity. We would like to learn more about your experiences, and how volunteering has made a difference in your life ~ using Intellect-Love-Mercy.

Call to Action
Help us generate support for I.L.M.’s work by introducing our work, to your friends/family. Share with them why you have chosen I.L.M. Foundation. Encourage your community to “Make a Difference”.

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Our Story

In 2018, we are celebrating 20 years since the Intellect-Love-Mercy Foundation was founded in 1998 by African American Muslims with the mission of “teaching life skills, to replace social ills.” It all started in 1987 with our very first event called International Family Day. Masjid Ibaadillah was funded and given 30 days to organize a fragmented community of Southern California’s Muslims and its Interfaith community to enjoy a day of family-fun and education, at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Out of this event came the acronym I.L.M. “ilm” is an Arabic word that closely means “knowledge,” but we converted its transliteration into the acronym Intellect-Love-Mercy.

We are continuing this narrative of neighborly needs through Humanitarian Day, where we convert charity into advocacy for the homeless during the month of Ramadan.

Go Beyond the G.A.M.E. ~ is a football camp where the life principles of Gratitude-Attitude-Motivation-Education are instilled into urban youth. The I.L.M. Foundation is also a community organizer, based in South Los Angeles. ILM established the first local organizing committee in the Southern California Muslim community. See here how we are leading by teaching, Community Accountability.

Going forward, our vision is to simply create an active network of multifaceted caregivers of talent and skillful people who will create opportunities for empowerment. Our mission has evolved to “teach life skills to economically underprivileged youth and adults so that social ills are replaced with opportunities for intellectual and economic empowerment.”

We are thankful that you have empowered us to provide Neighborly Needs to over 60,000 homeless, countless youth and adults, families, and organizations since 1998.

Thank You for An Opportunity to Serve!
Our 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.”