The Sharing Network: IFIP February Enewsletter
The Sharing Network Logo 2Connecting Communities • Sharing Knowledge • Building a Common Future 
                                                                                                         February 2015
Message from the Director
Dear IFIP Friends,
Just two months into 2015 and IFIP has been very busy!
With the positive feedback by a record 80 people for the Summit Evaluation Report, results indicate that IFIP is the catalyst in increasing collaboration with Indigenous communities. More than half of the respondents rated as ‘excellent’ the Summit’s ability to “provide opportunities for networking.”
Building upon the success of our World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy last fall, we are organizing several meetings, webinars and publications that will make Indigenous Philanthropy even more mainstream in the philanthropic community and bring more resources directly to Indigenous communities.
This year, IFIP is planning four Regional Meetings – in British Columbia, New York City, Boston and Peru – each one with a unique theme.
Our first meeting, which we are calling the Northwest Regional Meeting, will be in Vancouver and we are partnering with The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada to double our efforts of expanding our donor educational program and outreach. The Circle is an open network to promote giving, sharing, and philanthropy in Aboriginal communities across Canada. The Northwest Regional Meeting is already fostering a strong network of donors and Indigenous communities who are working on critical issues like tar sands exploitation, food sovereignty and climate change.
In the coming quarter, IFIP will launch its new website, which features a member page to encourage your thoughts and ideas on how to truly practice Reciprocity in our field. We will be looking for real-world applications of how you do this every day to showcase to your peers. You are also invited to join a new forum on our LinkedIn page for open discussion on this subject, and we will highlight members making progress in this area.
We will continue our advocacy and educational programs through social media, articles, our monthly enewsletter and our annual newsletter, The Sharing Circle and look forward to your stories, input, and contributions. As a membership organization, we are committed to a new kind of relationship that values the 4 R’s: Reciprocity, Respect, Responsibility and Relationships. With these, we are deepening engagement with our members by building an essential community through networking opportunities both online and in person.
We are pleased to announce our new board member, Lourdes Inga. Lourdes brings decades of experience in working with Indigenous communities and is a passionate and committed advocate. We are fortunate to have her join the IFIP Board. You can read more about Lourdes under IFIP News.
We are looking forward to having you renew your membership and/or learn the many benefits of our membership and affiliate levels. Please continue to support our good work and give a tax deductible gift today.

For Mother Earth,
Evelyn Arce
IFIP Executive Director

IFIP Welcomes Lourdes Inga to Our Board of Directors
L. IngaLourdes Inga is Manager, Grants Administration and Learning Systems for The Christensen Fund, a private foundation, whose focus is working with stewards and communities in support of biocultural diversity. She oversees policies and procedures for Christensen’s grassroots grantmaking approach and collaborated on the initial plan and design of learning from Christensen’s grantmaking. Lourdes has several years of experience with deep interest in grassroots international grantmaking and is very active in philanthropic and nonprofit communities.
She joins the other Directors in establishing the vision and strategic direction of IFIP in order to achieve our mission of building capacity and enhancing funding partnerships to improve the lives of Indigenous Peoples globally. You can read more about Lourdes and our Board of Directors on our website.

Summit Reciprocity
Reciprocity: The Meaning of the Season
Written By: Yumi Sera, IFIP Board member
The “Season of Giving” reminds me of the inspiration and lessons I learned from the World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy this past fall and helps me to reflect on the true meaning of the season.
The Summit, organized by the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, was grounded in four values: Reciprocity, Respect, Responsibility, and Relationships. Roberta Jamieson, a Mohawk woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario, opened the Summit with a prayer that recognized “Mother Earth for our constant thankfulness to her for all her gifts, which sustain our lives.” She taught us about the concept of indigenous reciprocity and its relation to the concept of western philanthropy. Continue Reading

IFIP Member News
Disability Rights Fund “Advancing Rights and Development – Beyond 2015” Grant Cycle
Deadline: March 10, 2015
DRF seeks to strengthen the participation of Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in the advancement of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the country level in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, and Eastern Europe. Their first grantmaking round seeks request for proposals for DPOs in Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Malawi, and Myanmar. Click here for eligibility and process information. 


Wilburforce Foundation announced their 2015 fellows this month. Twenty scientists were awarded the newly established Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science. The Fellowship is a year-long program that provides skills development and sustained mentorship to help spark transformative, lasting change in how scientists approach their work. The Foundation hopes to build a community of conservation science leaders who excel in using science to help achieve durable conservation solutions in western North America. To learn more about the program and each of the fellows, click here.

Indigenous News
Preparatory Meeting Indigenous Women and Beijing +20: Progress and Challenges
Since 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Platform for Action, the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) plans to include a review and assessment of its achievements to date. Indigenous women from various regions have made great efforts so that, together, their demands are heard during the Beijing Conferences and reviews. This meeting will be strategic in order to inform, discuss, reach a consensus and build a collective stance as a global movement of indigenous women on the path to Beijing +20. The meeting will be in Lima, Peru, March 2-4, 2015.

Free talk with indigenous people barred 
The Home Ministry decision to restrict direct communication between any local or foreign person, or an organisation, with indigenous people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts has drawn severe criticism from citizens’ platforms. The government directives, already sent to the administrative bodies in the three hill districts, mention that the presence of a representative of the local administration, whether the military or the Border Guard Bangladesh, is mandatory if any local or foreigner or an organisation wants to meet any indigenous person.

Indigenous Canadians Are Fighting the Uranium Mining Industry
…. "We don't want to become a sacrifice zone. That's where we see ourselves heading." The trappers say an unprecedented rise in cancer is the legacy of contamination from nearby uranium mines. With significant tar sands and uranium deposits in their area, the trappers are developing a long-term strategy to halt the industrial growth threatening to deform their surroundings and scare away the wildlife they depend on for food, income, and culture.

Resources & Opportunities
Seed Freedom Report: Call for Contributors
Seed Freedom invites you to contribute to a Global Report on Seed Freedom. The report will focus on: 1) The erosion of seed diversity; 2) The threat to farmers’ seed sovereignty from patents, seed laws, GMO contamination and trade agreements; 3) The corporate concentration over the seed supply; and 4) People’s initiatives for seed conservation, responses to defend seed freedom and reclaim seed as commons. Read more about the report here and about Seed Freedom’s work here.
Arcus Foundation: 2015 Arcus Leadership Fellowship
Deadline: March 13, 2015
Arcus fosters the development of leaders by creating opportunities that address leadership challenges of our day and encourage peer collaboration. The fellowship is a year-long opportunity for early-stage executive directors of LGBT and allied nonprofit organizations based in the United States and aligned with Arcus’ Social Justice Strategy. The program will match 10 Fellows with mentors who have had successful careers in similar leadership positions. Fellows will receive personalized support and experienced counsel from their mentors as they meet a variety of challenges facing them in their day-to-day work and build on their leadership abilities.

Making Cents International 2015 Youth Summit: Call for Proposals
Deadline: March 26, 2015
The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit is designed to increase the impact, scale, and sustainability of youth economic opportunity programming. The 2015 Summit will convene 460+ leading stakeholders from 70 countries to support the exchange of concrete and transferable learning in a way that drives the conversation forward. Presenting at the Summit enhances participants' ability to gain visibility, highlight their expertise and expand their network.

Indigenous People! Resource Website
Want to read or share about current Indigenous news? This! site creates a space to get news and a place you could put (scoop) online stories, events, resources that other people can see. 
Standing on Sacred Ground

Sacred Land Film Project announced that the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) has accepted all four episodes of Standing on Sacred Ground for broadcast distribution. Public television stations nationwide will have the opportunity to schedule the films for broadcast starting this spring. To find out more about the films or to download discussion guides, teacher’s guides or the media kit, click here.

Bolder Giving: Communications & Administrative Assistant/Coordinator – New York, NY
Bolder Giving is seeking to add a new member to their team, a Communications & Administrative Coordinator (or Assistant, depending on experience level), to support their Executive Director and the New York City office. They are a small team with a big reach, engaging donors and funders around the country and across the globe to transform their collective culture of giving, and believe this will be an exciting opportunity for the right candidate.

PACE: Executive Director – Washington, DC
PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement) is searching for an Executive Director who will be responsible for overall strategic and operational responsibility for PACE's finances, financial stewardship, development, staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. PACE's mission is to inspire interest, understanding, and investment in civic engagement within the field of philanthropy and to be a voice for philanthropy in larger conversations taking place in the fields of civic engagement, service, and democratic practice.
Mary’s Pence: ESPERA Program Advisor – Mesoamerica Region
Mary’s Pence is seeking a skilled and experienced individual to develop and strengthen the business skills component of their ESPERA program. This new initiative is a multipronged approach which includes training, ongoing coaching, sharing best practices for small businesses and model businesses, and developing markets and addressing market issues. Through ESPERA, the organization partners with women’s groups in Mexico, Central America and Haiti to create locally owned community lending pools. The funds are owned and managed by the local women. For job description in Spanish, click here.

IDEX: Communications Director – Location: Flexible
Deadline: March 6, 2015 – 5pm PT
IDEX is seeking a Communications Director to support the organization’s goals, strategies, and points of view by framing and helping to convey them to relevant internal and external audiences. The ideal candidate must be passionate about IDEX's mission and committed to IDEX's Theory of Change. They must demonstrate the ability to motivate, excite and inspire staff as well as being a proven leader with a record of success managing projects and teams toward ambitious, measurable goals.

In This Issue

Director's Message


IFIP Member News

Indigenous News

Resources & Opportunities


International Commission for Dalit Rights Global Conference
A Fight for Establishing Justice, Dignity, and Humanity
March 19-21, 2015
Washington, DC

Unite for Sight
12th Annual Global Health & Innovation Conference 
March 28-29, 2015
Yale University, New Haven, CT

EDGE Funders Alliance: 2015 Just Giving Conference
Better, Not More
April 8-10, 2015
Baltimore, MD

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

Rights and Resources Initiative
The International Conference on Scaling Up to Advance Recognition of Community Land and Resource Rights

September 30 – October 1, 2015

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



Parks Need Peoples, a new report by Survival International

Transforming philanthropy: it’s time to get serious
Article by Fatima van Hattum and Arianne Shaffer of Kindle Project 



Threatened Lands, Threatened Lives: Human Rights Situation of the Indigenous Peoples in Cambodia, report update by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

Wildlife Conservation Efforts Are Violating Tribal Peoples' Rights Article by Stephen Corry of Survival International

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