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

The dawn of this new year shines with hope for Indigenous philanthropy, especially in light of progress we made last year.

The Summit attracted more than 275 high caliber leaders, from both the Indigenous and donor worlds. Almost half came from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. In what we hope marks a new trend in Indigenous institutional capacity, 30% of participants were from Indigenous organizations and another 30% were from foundations including Ford Foundation, American Jewish World Service and NoVo Foundation.

The positive feedback by a record 80 people in the Post Summit Survey, now online, indicates that IFIP is the catalyst to increase collaboration with Indigenous communities. More than half of survey respondents rated as ‘excellent’ the Summit’s ability to “provide opportunities for networking.”

We are creating more opportunities this year to do just that. Just a month into 2015 and IFIP has hit the ground running! We already have important members committed to the Planning Committee for the upcoming Northwest Regional Meeting in British Columbia. This fall, IFIP is organizing a Regional Meeting in Peru that will lay the groundwork for a potential historic summit in Latin America in 2016. We are also looking to present a side event at the next session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and working with FIMI on the upcoming launch of the “Where’s the Money for Indigenous Women?” report which was first discussed at the Summit.

We hope you are as excited as we are about these plans for the year ahead since you are an essential member of this unique movement in philanthropy. We all know how critical these times are for the survival of cultural and biodiversity and the potential for great strides in environmental defense, human rights, land rights and food sovereignty. Whenever and wherever we are able to meet face-to-face, the importance of ‘de-colonizing’ philanthropy to develop a new paradigm based on the Indigenous concept, Reciprocity, is heightened and reinforced.

In the coming quarter, IFIP’s new website will launch features for members 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 apply this 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.

For each quarter of this year, we will address, as a community, how we practice each one of the Four R’s of Indigenous Philanthropy: First Reciprocity, then Respect, Responsibility to follow, and then ending the year talking about, as Winona LaDuke so aptly put it, All Our Relations -- Relationships.

We look forward to your stories, input and contributions because we are a membership organization – a community with a commitment towards a new kind of relationship called Indigenous Philanthropy.

We are also starting our membership campaign again and encourage you to renew your membership and/or learn about the many benefits of our Membership and Affiliate levels.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Evelyn Arce
IFIP Executive Director

Inti Raymi

Founder of Inti Raymi Fund and IFIP Member, Chimu, will be climbing Mount Everest in May to bring attention to donors’ causes in order to increase public awareness of our global responsibilities. He will personally match donations to any charity up to $5,000 per organization and IFIP has partnered with him on this fundraiser. Please consider our cause in supporting Indigenous communities globally and donate now. For more information about the climb, please click here.

IFIP Member News
IFIP Board Member, Jessica Brown, and Terence Hay-Edie of UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme launched their publication, Engaging Local Communities in Stewardship of World Heritage: A methodology based on the COMPACT experience, number 40 of the World Heritage Papers series. With recent policy and conceptual developments in World Heritage, this publication provides guidance and introduces tools for best practice in engaging Indigenous and local communities in World Heritage. Learn more about the publication here. Read more about the 12-year COMPACT experience in the additional companion volume published by the Small Grants Programme here.

Swift Foundation
Swift Foundation January updates and resources that may be helpful to organizations.

Disability Rights Fund is sponsoring Mohammed Loutfy, from the Lebanese Physically Handicapped Union (LPHU), who has been working on the campaign for disability safeguards at the World Bank. He is a panelist for the workshop, “Using Free, Prior, and Informed Consent to Broaden Human Rights Horizons” at the IHRFG 2015 San Francisco Conference. He will talk about the Disability and World Bank Safeguards Campaign, from the perspective of the disability movement, and discuss how the concept of Free, Prior & Informed Consent resonates within the disability movement.

Indigenous News
DTP Video

Establishment of The Dasiqox Tribal Park in Canada
Building on their precedent setting Supreme Court of Canada victory on Aboriginal Title, two Tsilhqot'in communities in British Columbia are providing leadership again through the declaration and establishment of The Dasiqox Tribal Park. Tribal Parks are modern day expressions of ancient Ecological Governance systems that produced favorable economic outcomes while also conserving the rich bio-cultural heritage of Indigenous Territories. In the Canadian legal context, Tribal Parks are also governance exercises by Indigenous Peoples of Section 35 of The Canada Act 1982. Watch this video to learn more about the Tribal Park.

Indigenous people seek Pope Francis’ help in defending ancestral lands
Using their traditional chant or lyric poem called uranda, indigenous peoples belonging to the group Kalumaran in Mindanao [Philippines] are sending their appeal to Pope Francis to help them protect their ancestral lands from foreign capitalists. In the uranda, the Mindanao lumad tell of how they are being driven away from their ancestral lands by the entry of foreign mining and logging corporations.

Does Europe's coke habit mean massacring ‘uncontacted’ indigenous people?
What might it take to stop people from using, or glamourising the use of, cocaine? The violence, murders and crime endemic to the cocaine trade, perhaps, or the fact it finances terrorism, guerrilla warfare, paramilitaries and myriad other criminal operations. […] here’s something else: getting the cocaine to market means traffickers invading Peru’s biggest national park and may involve killing indigenous people who live so remotely in the Amazon they are sometimes described, entirely erroneously, as “uncontacted.”

Resources & Opportunities
How to Maximize Your Effectiveness at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Article by Joshua Cooper, reposted from Cultural Survival Quarterly Issue 38-4 Indigenous Rights Protect Us All (December 2014), providing steps for delegates to create a successful Forum experience.

Opportunity Collaboration: 2015 Cordes Fellowship
Deadline: January 31, 2015
Cordes Fellowships provide exceptional social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises the opportunity to participate as Delegates in the Opportunity Collaboration. Cordes Fellows attend the full Opportunity Collaboration in Ixtapa, Mexico (October 11-16, 2015), and take part in all Delegate sessions.

Fulbright International Education Administrators Program (IEA)
Deadline: February 2, 2015 (France & Germany)
The International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues. Grantees return with enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students.

US-Brazil Connect: 2015 Global Leaders Fellowship 
Deadline: February 15, 2015 
US-Brazil Connect invites outstanding college students and young professionals to apply to the Global Leaders Fellowship, including travel to Brazil in Summer 2015. Training is provided along with new skills in international leadership, new friendships and networks, and a highly subsidized 4-week experience in Brazil. 

IFAD: Call for Grant Proposals
Deadline: March 6, 2015
IFAD has issued a call for proposals for grant-funded projects designed to empower indigenous peoples' communities in rural areas. The grants will be provided through IFAD's Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) and in partnership with indigenous peoples’ organizations at the regional level. Priority areas in this funding cycle include food and nutrition security; access to markets; control over land, territories and resources; and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

American Jewish World Service: Program Officer, Natural Resource Rights – New York, NY
AJWS seeks a talented and experienced grantmaker to work in one of its three critical thematic areas. The program officer manages a dynamic grants portfolio in the Natural Resource Rights issue area, coordinates capacity-building and programmatic opportunities for grantees, and engages in strategic learning and evaluation in order to document AJWS’s impact and to improve grantmaking strategies Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand.
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: Program Officer, Data-Driven Discovery Initiative – Palo Alto, CA
The Foundation is seeking a Program Officer who will contribute to strategy development, implementation and management in partnership with the other members of the Data-Driven Discovery team. He/She will carry out grant-making and grant-management on the initiative’s portfolio of institutional, people and practice strategies, which focuses on advancing data-driven discoveries in the life and physical sciences.
Population Services International: Communications Manager – Washington, DC
PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. They are currently seeking a Communications Manager to liaise with Public Relations firm and ERC leadership to implement a strategic public relations/communications plan, work with senior management to develop key messages and talking points and identify opportunities for positive PR, and manage PSI’s Impact Magazine amongst other duties.

Partners in Health: Foundations Officer – Boston, MA
Partners In Health (PIH) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide quality health care for the poor and marginalized in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Dominican Republic, and Navajo Nation. The Foundations Officer will serve as an integral member of the growing Foundation Relations team at PIH and will be directly responsible for increasing revenue for organizational priorities in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. He/She is primarily responsible for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of foundation gifts of $100,000+.

In This Issue

Director's Message


IFIP Member News

Indigenous News

Resources & Opportunities


IHRFG 2015 San Francisco Conference
“Entrenched Systems, New Approaches”
January 27-28, 2015
San Francisco Marriott Union Square Hotel

Yawanawa Fundraiser
"May The Forest Be With You"
Lucasfilm Premier Theatre

San Francisco, CA
January 29, 2015
Limited Space, RSVP NOW

Environmental Grantmakers Association
2015 Federal Policy Briefing 
February 24-25, 2015 Washington, DC  

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

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

September 30 – October 1, 2015


PSJP Report

Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace: A Summary Report from Latin America and the Caribbean, a new report on 32 public or community foundations located and working in the region


Engaging Local Communities in Stewardship of World Heritage: A methodology based on the COMPACT experience. Number 40 in the World Heritage Papers Series

CAF Report

2014 World Giving Index by Charitable Aid Foundation looks at charitable behavior across the world, involving 135 countries

Join IFIP!
IFIP welcomes individual donors or institutions concerned about the livelihood, culture, and well-being of Indigenous Peoples and their communities. Become a member or affiliate today. 

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