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

We are very excited to launch IFIP’s very FIRST crowdfunding campaign for the upcoming World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy! Spread over 4 weeks, we hope to raise $15,000 for this Summit. Your gift will sponsor scholarships to bring Indigenous leaders from around the world and will help push donors to invest in Indigenous solutions, movements and advocacy efforts. Check out the NEW 2 minute video clip.
We have also developed three separate registration opportunities:

1) On the evening of Wednesday, September 24, we will present the IFIP Award to J R McKenzie Trust, a foundation based in New Zealand, who focuses on supporting the local Māori community. Please see the latest press release and interview with Manaia King, Māori Board Member, on the Trust’s vision for the Māori. 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
2) Join us on Friday, September 26 for the Resource Mobilization Hub for Indigenous Women to hear first ever preliminary analysis on the issue, “Where is the money for Indigenous Women?” You will also hear directly from Indigenous women on why they are considered invaluable partners in solving many of today’s complex problems such as climate change, conservation, sustainable management of natural resources and how their relationship with family, community and environment has honed millennia of mitigation and sustainability strategies. To register for Friday’s program, click here.
3) If you are a donor and have not registered for the full conference, we encourage you to do so by registering today! You can check out the latest draft agenda here. If you are a member of IFIP or of these networks (Council on Foundations, EGA, IHRFG, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Exponent Philanthropy, CGBD, Resource Generation, EDGE Funders Alliance, Philanthropy New York, Women Donors Network or The Circle on Philanthropy), ask for the code to receive 25% off registration.

Lastly, several foundations and NGOs are supporting the Summit through sponsorships. 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). Take a look at the ad the American Jewish World Service submitted under the IFIP Member News section as an example.

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


Indigenous News
Uncertainty Surrounds Massacre of Indigenous Group
Members of an uncontacted Latin American indigenous group living in the Amazon forest between the border of Peru and Brazil are coping with the loss of a number of their elderly members who were recently killed. Little is known about the incident, except for that the attack on the group of 50 or so, which included the burning of their homes, was carried out by ‘non-Indians’.
India: Vedanta's Public Hearing Declared a 'Success' Despite Tribes Outcry
Amid British mining giant Vedanta Resources’ plans to expand an alumina refinery at the foot of Niyamgiri Hills, tribal people in India have begun to speak out against Vedanta Resources, whose refinery was built before the company received permission to mine in the region for bauxite.
On International Day, Ban says Indigenous Peoples Can Be 'Powerful Agents of Progress'
In honor of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which is celebrated annually on August 9th, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered a powerful speech, stating that indigenous peoples have a central interest in development and can act as “powerful agents of progress.”
Five Universities Sign Agreement to Promote Indigenous Knowledge Systems
A group of five South African universities signed an agreement to share resources and research capacity on indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) in an effort to promote indigenous knowledge in higher education as a key component towards human capital and social transformation.

Resources & Opportunities
Resource: Understanding the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
In celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda, has unveiled a new website to provide practical information about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The website informs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about their human rights and encourages people to use these principles in their daily lives. The website includes a copy of the Declaration, as well as videos clips about how to breathe life into it.

Spruce Foundation Board Member Opportunity
Deadline: August 25, 2014
The Spruce Foundation, a community giving and grant-making non-profit that aims to empower Philadelphia’s youth, is seeking passionate energetic young professionals to join their Board of Directors for the 2014-2016 term. Those who are interested in supporting high-impact philanthropy and in making a positive impact are encouraged to apply.

Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society: Call for Applications
Deadline: October 1, 2014
The Center is currently accepting applications for their 2015 Senior International Fellows Program. Open to professionals in community foundations, grantmaking organizations and institutions that support community philanthropy, this month-long program provides professional development through seminars with Third-Sector practitioners, research based on best practices, and the application of a comparative framework.

George Washington Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP)
Deadline: Rolling Basis
The National Congress of American Indians is offering a full scholarship program (NAPLP) for young Native American undergraduates and graduate students who are interested in Native American legislative action and policy development. NAPLP students will take classes at George Washington University, participate in hands-on internships, and interaction with political leaders and policy makers.

Grassroots International: Executive Director – Boston, MA
Deadline: September 14, 2014
Grassroots International, a human rights and international development organization that advocates for social change through global grant making, is seeking a full-time Executive Director with a shared vision of the organization’s aims to work with the Board of Directors and staff in fundraising, program development, administration, finances, communications and personal matters of the organization.
National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers: Project Director – Virtual, Continental US
The National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, an organization that provides a learning community and forum for open discussion among consultants dedicated to increasing and strengthening philanthropy, is seeking an entrepreneurial and energetic part-time Project Director to join their organization. He/she will work to expand the visibility and use of the Directory of Consultants, increase membership, business partnerships and successful grantfunding.
Global Alliance for the Future of Food: Working Group Coordinator (Consultant) – Negotiable
Deadline: September 12, 2014
Global Alliance for the Future of Food, an alliance of foundations committed advancing sustainable global agriculture and food systems, is seeking a new Working Group Coordinator to support its four current Working Groups. Responsibilities include coordination and management of the Working groups; strategy development; critical thinking about issues, goals, priorities; project management; and monitoring and evaluation of Working Group developments and the activities in which they engage.

American Jewish World Service: Director of Media Relations – New York, NY
The American Jewish World Service, a Jewish human rights and development organization, is seeking a Director of Media Relations to manage all aspects of AJWS’s media relations operation. He/she will generate strategically valuable media coverage of AJWS, its work and that of its grantees; and will develop close working relationships with journalists, cultivate contacts in the media, and draft and edit carefully crafted press releases, statements, op-ed columns and briefing materials.

In This Issue

Director's Message

IFIP Member News

Indigenous News

Resources & Opportunities


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

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 

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 


Adv Human Rights

Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking, the latest key findings report produced by Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG)

WRI RRI Report

Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change, a new report by World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)


Terralingua Langscape Volume 3, Issue 1 - Exploring Biocultural Approaches to Education

HDR 2014

Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience, a 2014 Human Development Report produced by the United Nations Development Programme

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