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

We hope you have been enjoying the summer months. We have been working hard in organizing our biggest event in history, the World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy and we are gaining momentum!
We are thrilled that our board members have selected the next IFIP Award recipient. The IFIP Award was created to encourage donors to fund Indigenous communities around the world. It was first presented in 2005 and past recipients include Ford Foundation and Kalliopeia Foundation. We are pleased to announce that the 2014 IFIP Award will be presented to J R McKenzie Trust, a foundation based in New Zealand, who has made it a priority to focus on Māori long term well-being and sustainable development.  On September 24th, they will be receiving the award before the IFIP Community at our Summit Awards Dinner. Please see the latest press release and interview with Manaia King, Māori Board Member, on the Trust’s vision for the Māori community. After the IFIP Award presentation, Sacred Fire Foundation will be presenting their annual Wisdom Fellowship Award, which honors the work of an Indigenous elder, to Tarcila Rivera Zea, a Quechuan activist from Ayacucho, Peru. We are opening the dinner and awards celebration for anyone who wants to attend (register here). The evening will include global Indigenous music and end with one of the best salsa bands in New York City.
We have extended our Early Bird registration until July 31st. Take advantage of this second opportunity to receive a reduced rate and register today!
We have also been working with several foundations in supporting the conference and are looking for more sponsors to support this event. For the first time, you have the opportunity to increase your organization’s visibility by purchasing an ad to be printed in our conference magazine (see Sponsorship Packet).  
We hope you will consider supporting our efforts. Whatever amount you give will ripple into the Indigenous and philanthropic worlds, and ultimately your own. You can quickly give a tax-deductible donation by clicking here or through the Donate button on the right.
Thank you for supporting this unique global network for Indigenous communities.
For our Mother Earth,
Evelyn Arce
IFIP Executive Director

IFIP Member News
IFIP Member Highlight: J R McKenzie Trust
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J R McKenzie Trust is one of the oldest and most respected philanthropic institutions in New Zealand. Established in 1940 by Sir John McKenzie, the Trust has a long legacy in giving that has evolved over the years to prioritize Māori long-term wellbeing and sustainable development. Manaia King, Māori, Board Member and New Zealand Law Society representative on the J R McKenzie Trust, shares his perspective on the values of promoting Indigenous philanthropy and how the Trust builds a culture of learning and reflection to build authentic relationships with Māori communities.
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RAVENIFIP Affiliate, RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs), a long-time supporter of the Tsilhqot’in, shared the amazing news of the Tsilhqot’in declaration of title – the first in Canadian history. The Supreme Court of Canada granted declaration of aboriginal title to more than 1,700 square kilometers of land in British Columbia to the Tsilhqot'in, the first time the court has made such a ruling regarding aboriginal land. This game-changing judgment places even greater emphasis on First Nation’s access to justice – the heart of why RAVEN exists. Tsilhqot'in Celebration

Take a moment and read about the historical decision here


Tsilhqot’in celebration of their declaration of Aboriginal title. Photo: RAVEN
Indigenous News
Alberta Oil Sands Contaminate Wild Food, Give Aboriginals Cancer
The Alberta oil sands are contaminating wild food with toxic metals, such as arsenic and mercury, and causing higher rates of cancer among residents. Health concerns about wild food contamination have led many First Nations people to abandon their traditional diet for store-bought food.            
Manitoba threatens legal action against First Nation blockage backing up floodwater in Lake St. Martin
Manitoba threatens to use legal action against First Nation protesters who have blockaded the opening of the channel on Lake St. Martin that is needed to curb flooding. Fishermen argue that opening the channel will send water and large amounts of debris to their traditional fishing territory, threatening their livelihood.
Namibia: Bio-Cultural Protocol for Khoe Community On Cards
Efforts are underway to introduce a bio-cultural protocol for the Khoe community, one of Namibia’s indigenous people. As the first bio-cultural protocol that will be implemented in Namibia, the customary laws will give the Khoe community rights to their land and genetic resources.
Dominica's indigenous peoples to elect new Carib chief
This month, Dominica’s indigenous population will begin voting for the election of a new Carib Chief. The incumbent, Garnet Joseph, says that, if given another opportunity to head the council, he will prioritize the issue of access to credit by residents.

Agros International: JWAV Partners
Agros International, a Seattle based nonprofit which works to empower landless rural families in Central America and Mexico, is seeking Journey with a Village (JWAV) Partners. With support from Agros, partners will have the opportunity to work alongside with individuals from rural communities in an effort to transform a community of landless families into a self-sustaining and thriving community. The typical JWAV partner journeys with the village for five years.
The Bush Foundation: Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship
Deadline: August 27, 2014 
The Bush Foundation, which focuses on Native nation rebuilding and greater access to postsecondary education, is currently accepting applications for the Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship. This fellowship’s short-term goal is to increase racial diversity, and to prepare individuals from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy in the long-term. To be eligible, one must have at least five years of professional experience.
Global Routes Student Programs
Global Routes is offering high school, gap year, and college programs for students that are interested in engaging with rural communities all over the world through homestays and volunteer work. Students participating will have the opportunity to work on local projects, such as constructing a school, health clinic, or community center, as well as teaching or tutoring in various subjects and languages. 

The Center for Effective Philanthropy: Director of Finance and Administration – Boston, MA
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) is seeking an experienced and strategic Director of Finance with highly developed finance and effective leadership skills. The Director of Finance will employ finance and accounting skills to lead the function and team, as well as overseeing administrative functions, such as office and facilities management, IT, and vendor relationships. This position is a great opportunity for a strategic, analytical thinker with strong relationship-management skills
Net Impact: Chief Business Development Officer – San Francisco, CA
Net Impact is seeking its first CBDO to lead the design and implementation of a comprehensive business development/fundraising plan, with an emphasis on creating a partnership strategy that targets global corporations to fund six-figure-plus dollar, multi-year programmatic initiatives. To apply, applicants must have at least 15 years of business development experience.
Nonprofit Finance Fund: Senior Lending Officer, West Coast Region – San Francisco or Los Angeles, CA
Nonprofit Finance Fund is seeking a Senior Lending Officer to develop and maintain high quality underwriting for NFF. Primary responsibilities include working with borrowers through all stages of the financing process, such as conducting financial analyses and underwriting loans. The ideal candidate will have a passion for working in low-income communities, experience in investing and/or lending in the nonprofit sector, as well as experience in development and management.

Blue Engine: Chief Operating Officer – New York, NY
Blue Engine, a non-profit with a mission to harness the power of national service to combat a cycle of college under-preparedness, is seeking a Chief Operating Officer to work in close partnership with the Chief Executive Officer and take a significant leadership role in building the administrative, operational, and program-support functions necessary to deepen Blue Engine’s impact on the communities it serves. 

In This Issue

Director's Message

IFIP Member News

Indigenous News



IFIP Events
IFIP World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy
Weaving a New Path in Indigenous Philanthropy: Challenges and Opportunities in Changing Times
September 24 – 26, 2014
New York, NY

WRI RRI Launch
WRI/RRI Report Launch
July 24, 2014 | 8:30 - 11:30am
Live Webcast: 9:30am
Washington, DC
World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) will release the most significant report to-date showing that giving Indigenous and other forest communities rights over forests can be an effective tool for slowing Global Warming.

UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP)
September 22 – 23, 2014
New York, NY

EGA Annual Fall Retreat
September 28 – October 1, 2014 Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 

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


CS Photo

Cultural Survival releases 10 recordings of interviews from the World Conference on Indigenous Women, which took place in October 2013 in Lima, Peru

HRD Report

Keeping Defenders Safe: A Call to Donor Action, a new report on human rights defenders (HRDs) and donor responses by Borislav Petronov

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