The IFS Foundation, helping break the poverty cycle in rural Sri Lanka

The IFS Foundation is a group of independent, charitable organizations investing in a series of projects in partnership with local Sri Lankan communities to alleviate poverty. These projects address five key issues: access to healthcare, clean water, sanitation facilities, education and employment opportunities, aligned with relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Together, we can make a difference.

Why your support is vital to the IFS Foundation

With your support, the IFS Foundation can improve living standards in remote and rural Sri Lanka through projects such as the provision of tube wells, school buildings and maintaining vital infrastructure. These projects assist in communities becoming more self-sufficient, allowing the IFS Foundation to increase the scope of our work to include additional communities.

Your support is essential to continue the work of the IFS Foundation. Funds raised will be used to facilitate projects to improve the lives of those in remote and rural Sri Lanka.

The IFS Foundation Travel Guide

The IFS Foundation Travel Guide was created by employees of the IFS AB Group, who shared their incredible travel recommendations with the IFS Foundation. This travel guide is filled with amazing destinations across the world and is sure to inspire you to explore somewhere new.

You can download your copy here; IFS Foundation Travel Guide. While the book is available to download free of charge, we ask that you please consider donating to support the work of the IFS Foundation.

Thank you for your support.


Discover more about the work we do in Sri Lanka and the impact on the community.



Read about our values and internal policies that govern the IFS Foundation.



We support rural Sri Lankan communities by focusing on five core areas, explore more here.


Privacy Policy

IFS Foundation Privacy Notice

The IFS Foundation respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. This Notice explains when and how we collect your personal data when you use our website and the rights you have over your own information.

This Notice applies to the website of the IFS Foundation, however, when you use this site you may be directed to the website of other members of the IFS Foundation or links to third-party websites or applications. These websites may have their own Privacy Notices, which you should also look at.

If you have any questions in relation to this Notice or would like to exercise your rights under it, please contact:

Information about who we are

The IFS Foundation, as we are using that term in this Notice, is a group of independent charities who share certain policies and practices including those outlined in this notice.  Depending on where you reside, you will be interacting with one or more of these independent charities:  IFS Foundation (UK) (Registered Charity Number: 1191843), a  Charitable Incorporated Organisation formed under the law of England and Wales, with a registered Office at Bourne House, Watermans Business Park, Staines-Upon-Thames TW18 3BA, UK; IFS Foundation (US), (EIN 84-4440168), an Illinois General Not For Profit Corporation, with a registered office 300 Park Boulevard, Suite 350, Itasca, IL 60143, US; and IFS Foundation Sri Lanka, (Deed of Trust 458) a charitable trust formed under the laws of Sri Lanka, with a principal office Orion Towers 1, Level 18, Now. 736, Dr. Danister de Silva Mawatha, Colombo 9, Sri Lanka. Further information and details of our registration with data protection supervisory authorities are detailed below.

How our website works

When you visit our website, we collect data on your location. This allows us to direct you to the website of the IFS Foundation partner in your geographic region if this is necessary to perform any of your requested actions.

We also use cookies on our website to collect standard internet log-on information and details of visitor behavior patterns (e.g. to find out the number of visitors to different parts of the site). This enables us to analyze and improve the content of our site and the navigation experience of users. We do not use this information to attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. Some cookies on our site also permit third parties to analyse visitor behavior to display advertising. These parties also do not use this information to attempt to find out the identities of individuals. For full details of the cookies used on our website, see our Cookies Notice at the end of this policy and in the settings. You can disable or delete some or all cookies in your browser setting, although this may affect some parts of the site’s functionality.

The data we collect about you

There are a number of areas on our website where you may provide personal data to IFS Foundation, including when you:

The information we collect will depend on the nature of your action but may include name, email address, telephone number, country and language preference. Where you make a donation through our website, we do not collect your financial information but direct you to a payment provider to process your donation and forward it on to IFS Foundation’s partner in Sri Lanka. Our payment provider is certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield.

When you provide your information to us, we will only use the information for the purposes for which it is provided, for any compatible purposes and to fulfil our legal or regulatory obligations unless you have agreed for your data to be used for other purposes.

When will we send you marketing communications?

We will only contact you for marketing purposes (for example keep you up to date on our work based on your previous responses to our campaigns, or let you know of ways in which you can support that work) where we have your consent.

At each place that you provide your personal data on our website, there is an opportunity for you to express your preferences in relation to marketing communications from us. Where you provide your consent to such communications, you can withdraw consent or change your preferences at any time by clicking the unsubscribe button on any marketing communication or by sending an email to expressing your preferences.

We will generally treat any marketing consent you give us as lasting for 5 years, as we have found our supporters may get involved with different campaigns at different points over this period of time. We never sell or share your information with entities outside of the IFS Foundation for their marketing purposes. 

Links to other Affiliate websites

For some actions that you may like to take when visiting our website, you will be redirected to the website of an IFS Foundation partner in your geographic region. In these cases, that entity will collect your data rather than IFS Foundation, and you should look at their Privacy Notice to understand how they will use your data, and your rights. This includes where:

Who might we share your information with

We may share your information with other members of the IFS Foundation. We may also share your information with third parties who process data on our behalf, but only where we place obligations on them in relation to the security of the data and require them to use the data only as we instruct.

International transfers of data

In some cases, we may transfer your personal data to members of the IFS Foundation confederation and third-party service providers who are located outside your jurisdiction.

If you are in the European Union, and your personal data is transferred to other members of the members of the IFS Foundation or third-party service provider outside the European Economic Area (EEA), this will occur under a safeguard mechanism recognized by the European Commission as providing adequate protection for your personal data.  Transfers to members of the IFS Foundation will occur under the EC’s model data protection clauses.  You may ask to see a copy of these clauses.

Transfers of your data to other third parties outside the EEA, or to third parties outside any other jurisdiction in which you are located, will occur in accordance with local data protection laws.

Your data and social media

This section refers to the ability for you to like, re-tweet, share, etc. IFS Foundation content on social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Additionally, when using our website, you can link through to such social media sites. When you do this, depending on your privacy settings, these networks will adjust their marketing to show you more IFS Foundation content.  To change your settings on these services, please refer to their privacy notices, which will tell you how to do this.

Children’s data

Our website is not intended for use by children and we do not knowingly collect data on children.

IFS Foundation and social media

Many social media sites provide, or permit, tools that aggregate and highlight content that appears on their site. IFS Foundation uses such tools to analyze and assess the success of IFS Foundation campaigns and communications, the level of interest in issues IFS Foundation cares about, and the level of social media activity resulting from media stories about IFS Foundation or IFS Foundation /NGO activities. We use the native reporting tools of the social media networks, but may also use third-party tools.  IFS Foundation uses such tools to respond directly to other users’ queries and comments related to IFS Foundation.

How do we protect your data

We ensure that there are appropriate technical controls in place to protect your personal details. For example, our online forms are always encrypted and our network is protected and routinely monitored.

We undertake regular reviews of who has access to information that we hold to ensure that your information is only accessible by appropriately trained staff, volunteers and contractors.

Where we use external companies to collect or process personal data on our behalf, we put a contract in place that sets out our expectations and requirements in relation to security of the data they access or process.  These organizations - referred to as "Data Processors" also have legal liability for the way in which your data is used, providing you with additional protection.

How long do we keep your data

We will only retain the data you provide to us through our website for as long as required by applicable laws or as is necessary for the purpose for which it was collected and in accordance with any consents provided. We will delete personal data at the end of this period unless we wish to use it for statistical purposes, in which case we will anonymize it, such that you could never be re-identified with it.

Your rights

You have the right to request details of the information we hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, please make a request to our Data Protection Officer at We will provide this information to you without charge, unless requests are manifestly unfounded, repetitive or excessive, in which case we are entitled to charge an administration fee.

You also have a right to have inaccurate information we hold about you rectified or removed and a right, in some circumstances, to restrict or object to us processing your information, or to seek erasure of your data. If you believe we are not respecting your rights, you are entitled to make a complaint to a relevant supervisory authority.

The legal basis on which we hold and use your data will vary depending on the activity involved. In some cases, we might hold the data because it is needed to fulfill a contract or meet our legal obligations (i.e. a donation), in others because it is in IFS Foundation’s legitimate interest to do so, and in others, because you have consented to this use. We note that the legal basis on which we process your data will influence your specific rights.

Changes to this notice

We may make changes to this notice from time to time. We will always detail, at the end of this notice, the date it was last updated and you should check back from time to time.


Cookies and Similar Technologies

Our use of cookies

Most websites use "cookies," which are small text files placed on your hard disk by a web server. We use cookies to remember the settings made by each visitor, such as choice of country, and thereby offer personalized features. This helps us to register the traffic flow on the website and provides us with statistics and information on how many visitors we have on our website, the time the visitors spend on our website, the visitors’ origin and domain and what operative system, such as Windows, and browser they use. We also use cookies to trace downloads you make, to facilitate your subsequent downloads and provide us with information about your downloads. To sum up, using cookies enables us to improve the service and function of our website for your benefit.

Cookies contain text that can be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. That text often consists of a string of numbers and letters that uniquely identifies your computer, but may contain other information as well. Here is an example of the text stored in a cookie that we might place on your hard disk when you visit one of our websites: E3732CA7E319442F97EA48A170C99801. On this website we use cookies that are saved to the hard disk and therefore remain after the browser is closed, so called persistent cookies. We may also use so-called session cookies, which are cookies saved to the web browser that disappear when the browser is closed. 

You can find more details about our cookies and decide which cookies to accept by clicking the Cookies Settings link at the bottom of our website.


Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. You can accept or reject cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings to reject cookies. You must, however, allow cookies to be set to use all the functions on this website. Not allowing cookies will affect the possibility to conduct: Downloading gated assets, social sharing, personalization, watch and share videos.

We may use cookies for:

Storing your Preferences and Settings. If you enter your city or postal code to get local news or weather information on an IFS site, we may store that city or postal code in a cookie so that you will see the relevant local information when you return to the site. This can save you time by eliminating the need to repeatedly enter the same information every time you visit the site.

Targeted Advertising. When we display online advertisements to you, we will place one or more persistent cookies on your device to recognize your device each time we display an ad to you. Because we serve advertisements on our own websites as well as those of our advertising and publisher partners, we are able to compile information over time about the types of pages, content and ads you or others who are using your computer visited or viewed. This information is used for many purposes; for example, it helps us ensure that you do not see the same advertisements over and over again. We also use this information to help select and display targeted advertisements that we believe may be of interest to you.

Site Analytics. We may use cookies to count the number of unique visitors to a web page or service or to develop other aggregate statistics about the operations of our sites and services. Such analytics help us operate and improve the performance of these sites and services.



Terms and Conditions

IFS Foundation Terms and Conditions of Use

The use of this site is provided by the IFS Foundation subject to the following Terms and Conditions:


  1. Your access and/or use of the Website constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions as at the date of your first use of the website.
  2. IFS Foundation reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions at any time by posting changes online. Your continued use of the website after changes are posted constitutes your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions as modified. You should, therefore, review these Terms and Conditions regularly.
  3. You agree to use the website only for lawful purposes, and in a matter which does not infringe the rights, or restrict, or inhibit the use and enjoyment of the website by any third party.
  4. The website and the information, names, images, pictures, trademarks regarding or relating to IFS Foundation are provided “as is” without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied. To the extent permitted by law, IFS Foundation excludes all liability for any loss or damages including, without limitation, indirect, special or consequential loss or damages, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from the use or in connection with such use or loss of use of the website, whether in contract or in negligence. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions limits or excludes IFS Foundation’s liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence, fraud, or any liability which cannot be excluded to applicable law.
  5. IFS Foundation does not warrant that the functions and materials contained in the website will be: uninterrupted or error-free; that defects will be corrected; that the website or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or bugs; or represent the full functionality, accuracy, and reliability of the materials.

    All intellectual property in the website and the material or information it contains (including without limitation copyright, designs, database rights and trademarks (registered or unregistered) is and shall remain the property of IFS Foundation or its third-party licensors.

    Commercial use or publication of all or any item displayed is strictly prohibited without authorization from IFS Foundation. Nothing contained in these Terms and Conditions shall be construed as conferring any license by IFS Foundation to use any item displayed.
  6. Materials on the website may be copied for personal use only on the condition that all copyright notices and source indications are also reproduced, no modifications are made and each relevant item is copied in its entirety. However, some materials have been published on the website with the permission of the relevant copyright owners (who are not IFS Foundation). All rights are reserved on these materials and permission to copy them must be requested from the copyright owners (as indicated within these materials).
  7. IFS Foundation takes no responsibility for the content of external internet websites. Following links to any other websites or pages shall be at your own risk and IFS Foundation shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damages resulting from the use of such other websites.
  8. Any communication or material that you transmit to, or post on, any public area of the website including any data, questions, comments, suggestions, or the like, is and will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary information. IFS Foundation reserves the right to remove any such communication or material from the Website at its own discretion.
  9. If there is any conflict between these Terms and Conditions and rules and/or specific terms of use appearing on the Website relating to specific material then the latter shall prevail.
  10. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any disputes shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales.
  11. If these Terms and Conditions are not accepted in full, the use of the website must be terminated immediately.