The Sharing Network: IFIP April Enewsletter
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                                                                                                         April 2015
Message from the Director
Dear IFIP Friends,

In celebrating Earth Day, we highlight the many victories of Indigenous leaders in their fight around the world. It truly is a David and Goliath fight!
We are delighted to share that on April 20th in San Francisco, the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize was given to six awardees; four of them Indigenous leaders that are protecting their community and territories. This will bring global recognition to the fact that Indigenous communities are a critical part of stewarding land.
GEP Briefing
Funders briefing with Goldman Awardees along with organizers - Goldman Environmental Foundation, CGBD and IFIP
The morning before the recipients were officially announced to the world, IFIP, in collaboration with Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD) and Goldman Environmental Foundation, highlighted the work of three Indigenous leaders and how they have had to endure threats and kidnapping to stand up for their values. One of the awardees, Berta Cáceres (Lenca tribe) of COPINH of Honduras stated, “When we fight, we fight for the rivers, for the forests and for our Mother Earth. We are fighting against privatization of our waters and over 100 mining and 49 hydroelectric projects.” She also shared that in spite of the threats against almost 40 colleagues of COPINH and how 83 children each month are being killed, they have a mandate from the community to protect their culture and spirituality. Global Witness’s new report, “How Many More?” indicates a non-surprising statistic that over 40% of deaths against environmental activists are Indigenous.

In the following week, we are also hosting a reception at the Council on Foundations Annual Meeting in San Francisco on April 27, 2015 from 5:00 to 6:30pm. Please join us and our co-hosts, Land is Life, who is bringing Indigenous leaders from Ecuador and India to speak about their strategies to combat climate change. We will also share the latest trends of Indigenous Philanthropy for the past decade. After our event, COF is holding their Global Networking Reception and Dinner and we hope you considering registering for this, too. If you are interested in attending any of these donor events please RSVP here.

We also encourage you to join us on May 15 for our first Northwest Regional Meeting in Vancouver in partnership with The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. We have organized a planning committee of ten donors from Alaska, Seattle and Vancouver and have a full agenda that will discuss donor strategies in working collaboratively with First Nations and Indigenous communities. On May 14, we will hold a pre-training on Impact Investment on Indigenous communities, facilitated by our new board member, Donna Morton (Metis). She will showcase several successful examples of investing in Indian Country. We are also planning different site visits to Indigenous territory and First Nations businesses May 16-18.
Finally, if you have not had a chance to see the report from our World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy yet, please take a look now. IFIP organized the Summit last fall which brought nearly 300 people together including Indigenous Peoples from 30 countries for three and a half days of sharing lessons learned and meaningful collaborations.
We look forward to having you renew your membership and /or learn the many benefits of membership and affiliate levels. Please continue to support our good work and give a tax deductible gift today.

For Our Mother Earth,
Evelyn Arce
IFIP Executive Director

Remember to Save the Dates for IFIP’s Upcoming Events
May 15, 2015: IFIP Northwest Regional Meeting in Vancouver, Canada in partnership with The Circle on Philanthropy & Aboriginal Peoples in Canada entitled “Pathways to Indigenous Philanthropy: Expanding Global Collaboration for Advancing Indigenous Rights” with optional impact investment pre-training 5/14 and local site visits to Indigenous businesses and territories 5/16 and 5/17. This meeting is a gathering of Northwest regional funders from Seattle, Vancouver and Alaska. There will be a cost for the pre-training and site visit but not for the 5/15 meeting. DONOR ONLY RSVP
June 5, 2015: IFIP Northeast Regional Meeting in Boston, MA in partnership with New England International Donors and Funders for LGBTQ Issues to be held at The Boston Foundation. The meeting is a gathering of Northeast regional funders. More information will come soon. No cost. DONOR ONLY RSVP
IFIP Member News

Grassroots International: Major Land Rights Victory for Maya Q’eqchi and Mopan of Southern Belize
The Caribbean Court of Justice, Belize’s highest appellant court, ruled that the Maya Indigenous People of southern Belize have rights to lands they have customarily used and occupied. The Court affirmed that these traditional land rights constitute property within the meaning of the provisions of the Belize Constitution that generally protect property free from discrimination.

Indigenous News
World Bank breaks its own rules as millions lose land and livelihoods
For the past decade, the World Bank has been funding global projects that are supposed to provide better electricity, water, and resources to those struggling in poverty worldwide. In their efforts to achieve their goals, millions of people have been displaced of their homes. Thorough investigation has found that the World Bank has not followed proper safety procedures to assure protection during resettlement for those evicted. The World Bank has admitted their mistakes, but now immediate action is being expected to assure protection of these indigenous people.

3 indigenous peoples' community schools to get P4.9M computers
Through the collaboration of the Department of Education’s computer program and Samsung Philippines, three indigenous schools have been fortunate enough to receive computers and other technological devices to enhance and modernize education in their small communities. This serves as a revolutionary start that opens possibility for growth, education opportunities, and easier accessibility of information for the youth.
Australia: Indigenous Affairs Take Backward Step
The Australian government is planning on removing 150 of 234 indigenous communities in the state. This new policy will hurt indigenous affairs economically, socially, and even put others in danger for their health. These communities who have dedicated their lives to preserving and caring for the land will soon become homeless and lost. In high hopes though, if Prime Minister Tony Abbott is elected, he plans to build a strong relationship between the government and indigenous communities throughout Australia to preserve and empower their culture much more.
Artists honour Indigenous culture through photos at SPARK festival
Photographers Anishinaabe Kwe Georgie Horton- Baptiste and George Campana express their art at Peterborough’s SPARK Photo Festival. Their photos embody the historical beauty of the indigenous culture. They share their vision of “peace, harmony, and community” through their photographs and express the world’s natural beauty in their work. They are inspired to break social barriers between indigenous and non-indigenous people and to let their art become a bridge that connects all life together.

Resources & Opportunities
UNESCO’s Climate Frontline Initiative: Call for Proposals
Deadline: May 11, 2015
UNESCO’s Climate Frontlines initiative is launching a new project for pastoral/herding communities in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The project aims at understanding pastoral peoples’ own knowledge of weather and climate, their forecasting skills, and their observations of environmental change. UNESCO is looking for individuals who will work with their communities to achieve the following project’s goals: 1) to build dialogue between community members and climate scientists; and 2) to strengthen local capacities to engage with national policy-makers on climate change adaptation. Guidelines & EligibilityApplication Information.

Foundation Center New Webinar Series: Storytelling for Changemakers
Thursdays – May 7, 14, 21 | 2:00-3:30pm ET | 11:00am-12:30pm PT
Cost: $239
If you can tell a great story, you can easily capture the attention of your audience and inspire them to take action. So what's the secret to telling a compelling story that will pull at your audience's heart strings and gets them to donate or join your cause? Emmy Award-winning journalist, Cara Jones tells all in this 3-part webinar series. Register Now.

The Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska (ICC-AK): Food Security Project Reports
The ICC-AK recently completed two regional workshop reports around their food security project. The workshops were held in the Northwest Artic and Bering Strait regions of Alaska. ICC-AK represents the Inupiat of the Arctic Slope, Northwest and Bering Straits regions of Alaska, the Siberian Yupik of Saint Lawrence Island, and the Central Yup’ik and Cup’ik of Southwest Alaska.
FC Foundation Landscapes
Foundation Center Introduces Foundation Landscapes: Education Website
Foundation Center launched their new online portal that serves as a hub of information about education philanthropy. This website draws from a variety of Foundation Center information resources to provide a central, comprehensive source for the most current education-related reports, news, case studies, funding data, and other digital content.

Bolder Giving: Executive Director – New York, NY
Bolder Giving is seeking an Executive Director who will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s day-to-day activities and managing relationships with staff, board members, donors, Bold Givers, partners, and the public. The Executive Director, along with the Board, has ultimate responsibility for effectively carrying out Bolder Giving’s mission and ensuring that the organization is fiscally and programmatically sound. Candidates will have proven senior-level managerial, strategic planning, networking, consulting, fundraising, and organizational development experience.

Oak Foundation: Programme Officer–Issues Affecting Women Programme – Geneva, Switzerland
Oak Foundation is seeing a Programme Officer for their Issues Affecting Women Programme (IAWP) which aims to build a strong and vibrant women’s movement that is empowered to challenge patriarchal norms, tackle the root causes of inequality, and demand the full spectrum of women’s rights. The individual will be part of a four-person team and is responsible for contributing to the development of the programmer’s strategic directions, new granting opportunities and coordination of project proposals.

Imagine H2O: Outreach Director – San Francisco, CA
Imagine H2O is seeking an Outreach Director to help their company grow towards clean ecosystems, water innovation, and entrepreneurship. Candidates should have efficient communication and networking skills and be able to communicate messages in a clear and enthusiastic manner. This individual is someone who understands the significance and scarcity of water conservation and is willing to put in that extra effort to stimulate positive impacts in this industry.
Maui Tomorrow Foundation: Executive Director – Wailuku, HI
Maui Tomorrow Foundation, Maui’s #1 Environmental Advocacy organization, is in search of a passionate leader to serve as a watchdog for enforcement of Hawaii’s environmental and land use laws. The Foundation is seeking an individual who has a passion for environmental advocacy, non-profit management, fundraising, accounting, strategic planning, and public speaking experience. This position will work closely with the organization’s Board of Directors to lead the foundation towards a direction of growth and proper management.

In This Issue

Director's Message


IFIP Member News

Indigenous News

Resources & Opportunities


IFIP Events
Networking with Climate Defenders
Reception @ Council on Foundations Conference
5:00 – 6:30pm | April 27, 2015
San Francisco, CA

IFIP Northwest Regional Meeting
May 15, 2015

Vancouver, BC Canada

IFIP Northeast Regional Meeting
June 5, 2015
Boston, MA

CEGN Annual Meeting
Economic Opportunities and Environmental Imperatives: Building Canada’s New Economy
June 9-11, 2015
Toronto, Canada

Malu Mai Consultancy: Traditional Knowledge Conference
Our Ways of Knowing & Our Ways of Doing
June 25-26, 2015
South Brisbane, QLD Australia

IHRFG: New York 2015 Conference
July 14-15, 2015
New York, NY

Rights and Resources Initiative
Seventeenth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change

Forest Tenure, Restoration, and Green Growth
June 18, 2015
Washington, DC

Sacred Fire Foundation: Ancient Wisdom Rising 2015
August 7-9, 2015
Margaretville, NY


CJWR Guide

Climate Justice & Women’s Rights: A Guide to Supporting Grassroots Women's Action by Global Greengrants Fund, International Network of Women’s Funds and the Alliance of Funds

EGA Win Win Toolkit

Environmental Success Through Democracy Reform: A Grantmakers' Win-Win Toolkit, publication in partnership with the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation, EGA and HEFN (Full Report Available to Members Only)

FPP Report

Hollow Promises: An FPIC assessment of Golden Veroleum and Golden Agri-Resource’s palm oil project in Liberia, new publication by Forest Peoples Programme

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