The Sharing Network: IFIP October Enewsletter
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                                                                                                                October 2014
Message from the Director
Dear IFIP Friends,

More than a year ago, we intentionally planned for the World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy to take place immediately after the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the UN Climate Summit. IFIP has always known the significance of life’s beautiful synchronicities.
However, at that time, we did not know that another synchronicity was being planned – the global People’s Climate March. This historic march of hundreds of thousands in New York City alone was testament to the public’s concern for our planet. As people marched to drum beats through the streets, they were building momentum to the inclusion of all voices in policy decisions made behind closed doors.

PCM PhotoI had the honor to represent IFIP at the front of the march alongside world leaders demanding real action in climate change politics. There I am in the photo speaking to Onondaga Chief Oren Lyons who was marching with Leonardo DiCaprio and other celebrities. Proud of my Indigenous Chibcha heritage and marching for the future of my Mohawk/Chibcha children, it was a life changing moment.
The next day, I was in Brooklyn making sure that IFIP was ready to capture all the energy generated by these synchronicities – these events that in a few short days, underscored the role of the most grassroots, on-the-ground communities on the globe to solve its most pressing problems.
Roberta Jamieson (Mohawk), our opening keynote speaker, shared wonderful words of the importance of reciprocity and relationships, see her full speech here.
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the new UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, debriefed Summit participants on what happened at the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the challenges facing us in the future. While she warned that multinational corporations are taking away democratic power to decide policy, in another session we heard from corporate pioneers such as Kevin Jones, the founder of Good Capital, on the promising potential of Indigenous business and investors working together for a sustainable planet.
As a result of the Summit addressing the synchronicities of events and others such as the grassroots movement in philanthropy spearheaded by women-centered grantmakers like FIMI, this IFIP event proved to be the most dynamic, relevant meeting in our history. As Ken Wilson of The Christensen Fund noted at the Summit’s closing, “IFIP started as a stream that has grown into a river. The source of this river is our mission – the commitment of our growing membership and allies – that is fed by the surge of interest in funding projects on climate change, social justice and human rights in Indigenous communities.”
Here are some direct outcomes:
  • To see photos of the Summit, click here (Photo Credit: Toby McLeod)
  • The #IFIPSummit hashtag generated over 1020 tweets and retweets! That's pretty good amplification. On Facebook, we added nearly 65 new followers, with the most successful post from the Opening Prayer/Ceremony of the Women's Hub that reached 2,327 people.
  • Read some blogs
  • Indian Country Today articles here and here
We are working on a conference report so please be on the lookout for it in a few weeks.
After completing our conference, IFIP organized a breakfast session at the EGA conference and was thrilled that they had several sessions/plenaries focused on the importance of supporting Indigenous communities. I was then asked to speak at Bioneers (see IFIP News) where again, the importance of working in Indigenous communities was highlighted.
We are living in exciting times and need to keep the momentum going!
Will you support us? Donate now
Evelyn Arce
IFIP Executive Director


Bioneers Panel
Left to Right: China Ching (Christensen Fund), Oren Lyons (Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation and a Chief of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy), Evelyn Arce (IFIP), Pearl Gottschalk (LUSH Charity Pot), Melissa Nelson (The Cultural Conservancy) 
Evelyn Arce, Executive Director of IFIP, had the opportunity to speak on a panel entitled Dollars and Sense in Indian Country and Beyond: Expanding Indigenous Philanthropy at the 2014 Bioneers Summit Conference (October 17-19). She spoke about the change in giving based on data provided by the Foundation Center and noted that even though total giving for Indigenous Peoples globally is 3/10 of one percent of US foundation giving, the amount of giving in the past decade has increased dramatically. “The time for Indigenous led philanthropy is now, Indigenous peoples need to be in the planning, designing, implementation and evaluation of funds meant to support Indigenous communities. From beginning to end.”

Indigenous News
Western Sahara: UN Reaffirms Saharawi People's Right to Self-Determination, Says Ould Salek
The UN Member States unanimously reaffirmed the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination and their responsibility vis-à-vis the Saharawi people and the decolonization of its territory, illegally occupied by Morocco, said Tuesday in New York Foreign Minister Mohamed Salem Ould Salek.
AIPP: Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Self-Determination and Development 
Who are indigenous peoples, and what are their perspectives and contributions to sustainable development? As the world leaders debate on sustainable development goals, indigenous peoples which is 5% of the global population remains invisible, even if they are 15% of the poor people of the world. This 10 minutes animation presents the indigenous peoples and their rights, the impacts of mainstream development to them, and what can we all learn from them in achieving sustainable development for all. 

Evo Morales Set to Become Longest-Serving Leader in Bolivian History
Supporters of Bolivian President Evo Morales gathered outside the presidential offices late Sunday night waving flags and cheering their candidate's victory based on exit poll counts. Days later with 90 percent of the vote reported, Morales, who first assumed the presidency in 2006 and is the country's first indigenous president, is the clear winner with roughly 60 percent of the vote. He is now on track to become the longest-serving leader in Bolivian history.
Vanuatu Puts Indigenous Rights First in Land Reform
Stemming widespread corruption in the leasing of customary land to investors is the aim of bold land reform, introduced this year in the Southwest Pacific Island state of Vanuatu, which puts the rights of traditional landowners above the discretionary powers of politicians.

Resources & Opportunities
Foundation Map
Resource: Foundation Center Foundation Maps
Foundation Center has launched Foundation Maps, a data visualization platform that helps funders and nonprofits access the information needed to make strategic decisions and achieve greater impact. The platform can aid in identifying new partners, provide information on funding programs by region, show trends in the field or generate maps and charts to supplement funding support.
The Mind Trust: Education Entrepreneur Fellowship
Deadline: Rolling Application
The Mind Trust is a nonprofit that strives to ensure every student in Indianapolis has the opportunity to receive an excellent education. They are currently accepting applications for their Education Entrepreneur Fellowship which helps innovators with ideas for solving public education's most vexing problems by providing the support and resources needed to launch their initiatives. This is a two-year fellowship and applicants do not have to be located in Indianapolis to apply.
Echoing Green: Global Fellowship
Notes: Program application opens December 2, 2014
The Global Fellowship is a twenty-seven year-old program for smart leaders who are deeply connected to the needs and potential solutions that may work best for their communities. Any emerging social entrepreneur from any part of the world working to disrupt the status quo may apply.

Bay Area Justice Funders Network: Program Director – Oakland, CA
Deadline: October 31, 2014
The Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN), an alliance of funders working to help advance a justice agenda and strengthen grantmaking for social justice movements in the Bay Area and beyond, are seeking a Program Director who has a keen social justice analysis and has had experience applying that analysis within the development of curriculum, in the facilitation and delivery of trainings, and in the creation and implementation of evaluative processes towards continuous learning.

Cook Inlet Tribal Council: Senior Administrative Assistant to Finance/Institutional Advancement – Anchorage, AK
Deadline: October 31, 2014
The Cook Inlet Tribal Council serves more than 12,000 people each year through an array of integrated programs in several service areas that help individuals achieve their full potential. CITC is currently seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant to provide high level administrative, secretarial and related support for the Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (EVP & CFO) and other members of the Institutional Advancement Management Team, assist with special projects, and be responsible for handling confidential information.
EcoLogic: Program Officer for Individual Giving – Cambridge, MA
EcoLogic works to empower rural people to restore and protect tropical ecosystems in Central America and Mexico. This position implements all aspects of EcoLogic’s individual and major gifts program. The Program Officer will be responsible for development and implementation of fundraising strategies; establishment of individual donor fundraising goals and solicitation strategies; donor communications, planning and coordination of annual fund initiatives and special events; stewardship, marketing and management of major gift opportunities, and special campaigns

The San Francisco Foundation: Manager of Grants Administration – San Francisco, CA
Deadline: November 3, 2014
The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF), a community foundation serving the Bay Area, is seeking a Manager of Grants Administration who will be responsible for all proposal and grant tracking, reporting/analysis, and administration. In collaboration with the Vice President of Programs, the Vice President of Development and Donor Services, and other Foundation staff, the Manager of Grants Administration develops, recommends, and implements all Foundation policies and procedures related to the grantmaking processes - from inquiry and application intake through final reporting and administrative close.

In This Issue

Director's Message


Indigenous News

Resources & Opportunities


Third Annual Pro Bono 
Resource Fair & Pro Bono Readiness Coaching

October 23, 2014
1:00 – 4:00pm
San Francisco, CA

Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth
October 25 – 26, 2014
New York, NY 

Exponent Philanthropy 2014 National Conference
October 30 – November 1, 2014
Washington, DC  


Funder's Toolkit

A Funder’s Toolkit: Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, IFIP’s newest publication. Go to to learn more.

Community Atlas

Community Foundation Atlas publication maps the identities, locations, assets, roles and achievements of place-based philanthropies around the world

CS Issue

Cultural Survival Quarterly: Concrete Identities: Indigenous Peoples Shaping the Future (September 2014)


PASTAZA, a documentary released by Alianza Arkana on the effects of oil drilling in the Peruvian Amazon

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