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

Happy Spring Equinox!
We are thrilled to present the report from the World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy that we organized last fall which brought nearly 300 people together and Indigenous Peoples from 30 countries for three and a half days of sharing lessons learned and meaningful collaborations. We are building upon the success of the Summit and are planning several funders briefings, regional meetings and publications this year which are also listed under the IFIP News and IFIP Events sections.

Currently, we are working with Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD) and Goldman Environmental Foundation in highlighting the work of two Indigenous leaders who are receiving the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize. We will have a funder only discussion on April 20 in San Francisco about Global Witness’ recent report and how threats, government intimidation, and restrictive policies are being challenged. IFIP is also holding a networking reception at the Council on Foundations annual meeting in San Francisco on April 27. We are working with Land is Life who is bringing Indigenous leaders from Ecuador and India. After our event, COF is holding there Global Networking reception and dinner. If you are a donor who is interested in attending these events, please RSVP here.
We 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 donors from Alaska, Seattle and Vancouver and will 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 which will be facilitated by our new board member, Donna Morton. She will showcase several successful examples of investing in Indian Country. We are also planning several site visits to Indigenous territories and First Nations businesses on May 16 and 17.
Next month, IFIP will launch its new website which includes member features 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 it every day to showcase to your peers. You are invited to join our new forum on LinkedIn for open discussion on this subject, and we will highlight members making progress in this area. 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.
Finally, please welcome our new board members Angela Martinez from American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and Donna Morton from Principium. Angela brings decades of experience in working with Indigenous communities and has been an effective advocate for Indigenous rights. Donna Morton is Metis and a lifelong social entrepreneur whose career has addressed issues in environment, sustainability, anti-poverty, culture, economics and finance. Donna shared with me her reasons for joining the IFIP board, “I joined IFIP for one key reason, an organization that gets Indigenous communities/culture and their values, that can translate between funders and communities and longer term between impact investors and communities.” We are fortunate to have both of these powerful women join the IFIP board and you can learn more about them under IFIP News.
We are looking 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 Mother Earth,
Evelyn Arce
IFIP Executive Director

IFIP Welcomes Angela Martinez and Donna Morton to Our Board of Directors
A. MartinezAngela Martínez is the Senior Program Officer for Latin America at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), leading, shaping and overseeing the civil and political and natural resources rights grantmaking strategies in the region.  She is a native Spanish speaker from Mexico City with 20 years of experience working with and accompanying the local efforts and agendas of Indigenous and Afro-descent people social movements and grassroots organizations as well as bringing the voices of women, youth, indigenous and afro-descent peoples to international policy forums.
Donna Morton is Metis, an Ashoka, Ogunte, and Unreasonable Fellow and a D. Morton 
lifelong serial social entrepreneur. She is the Managing Partner of Business Strategy for Principium – a global finance company that she co-founded with Hunter Lovins, Michael Tracy and a team that unites the values of "occupy" with the financial acumen of "Wall Street". Donna has a long history of catalyzing change in many different sectors and across divides. Her career bridges across 3 decades, in environment, sustainability, anti-poverty, culture, economics and finance. She is a talker, thinker, doer, a fire starter and a change maker.
Please join us in giving Angela and Donna a warm welcome to our Board of Directors. You can read more about Angela, Donna and our Board on our website.

Save the Dates for IFIP’s Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars for IFIP’s upcoming events (also under “IFIP Events” in right column):
  • April 20, 2015 (10:00am – 12:00pm in San Francisco): IFIP, Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD) and Goldman Environmental Foundation are hosting a funder only briefing in a conversation with Global Witness and two 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners to discuss the threats, government intimidation, and restrictive policies faced by grassroots environmental activists around the world. No cost. DONOR ONLY RSVP
  • April 27, 2015 (5:00 – 6:30pm in San Francisco): IFIP and Land is Life will host an informal discussion during the Council on Foundations conference with Indigenous leaders, Gloria Ushigua and Jiten Yumnam, on where human rights and environmental issues intersect, and the advantages and challenges of funding these movements. Attendees will also hear about the latest trends in Indigenous Philanthropy and how donors can make an impact on environmental and human rights issues. Continue networking after the event at COF’s traditional global reception and dinner from 6:30 – 8:30pm (for donors only). No Cost. DONOR ONLY RSVP
  • 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 8, 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

Sacred Fire Foundation: 2015 Grant Cycle Open
Sacred Fire’s grant program, "Protecting the Sacred", supports initiatives that seek to protect and promote the indigenous perspective and worldview, from preserving sacred sites and native food traditions; to maintaining cycles of ceremony; and revitalizing languages, healing practices and arts. Letters of Intent to apply for a grant and full grant applications need to be submitted by regular post and by email. The foundation is receiving applications from March 15th until April 30th. Click here for eligibility information and instructions.

RAVEN Launches initiative for Beaver Lake Cree Nation RAVEN logo
RAVEN is launching a campaign for Beaver Lake Cree Nation, who are still engaged in their court challenge to stop the expansion of the tar sands developments into their traditional territories. They won the right to go to trial, and need the funds to get there. Grrrowd is the new crowdfunding platform, based in Holland, where caring citizens from all over the world can support landmark “David versus Goliath” cases in defence of social, environmental and economic rights. They need your help in spreading the word!  Find ways to help support them here, share this post on Facebook or tweet about it #grrrowd4TarSandsTrial

Indigenous News
National conference of Indigenous women concludes unveiling 16-point declaration
The 3-day conference brought in nearly 50 Indigenous representatives from across Nepal and was jointly organized by National Indigenous Women Federation (NIWF) and the Women Chapter under Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN). The declaration urges the government to implement provisions from multiple Conventions and declarations relating to Indigenous women and to ensure their economic, social and cultural rights. It also calls for protection of Indigenous knowledge, land and resources.

Malaysia: New project addresses violence against women
International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) shares about their partnership with Sabah Women Action Resource Group (SAWO) to address violence against women in the Northern Sabah region of Malaysia. In close cooperation with indigenous organization Pacos Trust, SAWO spearheaded a project to address not only the violence (emotional, sexual or physical) against women, but the lack of facilities and personnel to provide support and protection to survivors.
Colombians start ‘Big Mobilisation’ to save the country’s principal river
1000s of Colombians are expected to join a protest beginning today that will effectively stretch across eight months and aims to protect the River Magdalena, the country’s most important river and one of the largest river basins in South America.

Resources & Opportunities
IHRFG: Request for Proposals, New York 2015 Conference
Deadline: April 8, 2015
IHRFG is calling for proposals with a rights-based approach and encourages their members to critically explore the application and efficacy of funding with a rights lens. After feedback from current and former human rights funders, they found 40% of top funders to human rights in 2010 did not consider human rights to be their focus, and other funders decided to close their human rights programs altogether. They welcome submissions that question the full scope of the rights-based approach, and what it means to be a human rights funder, both in terms of an institution's framing and values. Click here for submission information and guidelines.

Journal of Human Rights Practice: Call for Papers
Deadline: July 2015
The Journal of Human Rights Practice invites submissions on any topic that is related to the application and implementation of human rights. Their aim is to publish readable papers of high quality that will stimulate debate between academics and practitioners, across disciplinary and geographical boundaries, and within and beyond the human rights mainstream. Criteria for assessing submissions include originality, quality of analysis, potential impact, and relevance to contemporary and emerging debates. Submission guidelines and instructions

Open Society Foundation Fellowship
Deadline: August 3, 2015
The Open Society Fellowship supports individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to OSF - human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion. Eligibility and Guidelines

Philanthropy Northwest: Donor/Member Relations Director – Seattle, WA
Philanthropy Northwest, a regional philanthropic network for Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, seeks an energetic, innovative and experienced professional to lead staff and board in defining both the organization’s donor and member relation strategies. S/he will be instrumental in reimagining the approach to connecting donors and Philanthropy Northwest around mutually-shared points of interest. The Director maintains direct responsibility for developing member recruitment and retention strategies and meeting associated goals.
Garfield Foundation: Collaborative Networks Program Coordinator – Lafayette, CA
The Garfield Foundation is seeking a Program Coordinator to join their Collaborative Networks program team. S/he will support the development of its current collaboration, the Cancer Free Economy (CFE) Network. The CFE Network is a newly emergent strategic action network of leaders and organizations from across the health, labor, and environment fields. Objectives over the next year include developing aligned strategies and network infrastructure that will support the elimination of toxic substances associated with cancer and other diseases.
Resource Generation: National Organizer & Coordinator of People of Color Programming – RG Chapter Cities
We are seeking a full-time national organizer to work with 3-4 of our chapters and a national base of young people of color with wealth. The ideal candidate is a passionate community organizer who can help Resource Generation to significantly expand our national multiracial base of young people with wealth committed to racial and economic justice. This candidate will generate excitement and commitment from our base to take collective action and participate in campaigns for change. This person will be excellent at building relationships with a wide range of people and organizations, including social justice foundations and campaign organizations. Ideally this is someone who can manage multiple projects skillfully, and is a results-oriented team player.

Resource Generation: National Organizer – RG Chapter Cities
We are seeking a full-time National Organizer to organize 6 of our local chapters in alignment with the organization’s goals. Our chapters are responsible for base-building, political education, running giving circles, engaging in local and national campaigns, and building local organizational relationships. The ideal candidate is a passionate community organizer who excels at building relationships with member leaders, is deeply committed to economic and racial justice, and who can excellently manage multiple projects and timelines. This candidate will generate excitement and commitment from our base to take collective action and participate in campaigns for change. 

In This Issue

Director's Message


IFIP Member News

Indigenous News

Resources & Opportunities


IFIP Events
Funder Briefing
Environmentalists Under Threat
10:00am – 12:00pm | April 20, 2015
San Francisco, CA

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 8, 2015
Boston, MA

Saphichay Benefit Dinner @ Bissap Baobab
6:00 - 9:00pm | March 29, 2015
San Francisco, CA

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

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

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



Indigenous Women’s Rights and the Inter-American System: A Toolkit on Mechanisms, new Forest Peoples Programme toolkit


Upholding Indigenous Rights Is Good Business (March 2015), Cultural Survival Quarterly Issue 39-1

Effectiveness Together

Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together, new guide by GrantCraft, a service of Foundation Center

AIPP Gender

Gender Manual: Good Practices and Lessons Learnt by an Indigenous Peoples Organization, publication by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)

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