IFIP April Enewsletter
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                                                                                                               April 2014
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Message from the Director
Dear IFIP Friends,
 

On April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day, a time to be thankful for everything our planet gives us.
 
While we set apart only one day a year for celebrating the Earth, we should turn our eyes and see what Indigenous Peoples and traditional communities around the world do. They have been celebrating Mother Earth every day, for centuries, through work and sacred rituals. 
 
There is no strict separation between everyday life, spirituality and nature, it is all one fluid continuum. It is physical and cultural survival. If we want to do something good for our planet, we can start supporting Indigenous Peoples and traditional communities around the world in defending their human and territorial rights.

It has been a busy spring and we are laying the groundwork for IFIP’s World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy which will take place September 24-26 in NYC. We have been receiving session proposals and were asked to extend the deadline for submissions. Our new deadline to submit a proposal is Wednesday, April 30th (see here for the Call for Sessions). This year’s theme is Weaving a New Path in Indigenous Philanthropy: Challenges and Opportunities in Changing Times with the tracks being:
 

Track 1: Alternative Models for Social and Environmental Change
Track 2: Using a Rights-Based Approach to Promote Self-Determination, Land Rights, and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  
Track 3: Intergenerational Relations and Culture

This year, in addition to the three tracks at the Summit, there will also be a separate half day focused on Resource Mobilization Hub for Indigenous Women's Rights and Organizing.

IFIP is also collaborating with Goldman Environmental Prize in organizing a funders briefing highlighting one of their Indigenous recipients from South America at the end of this month. Cosponsors include Rainforest Foundation UK and International Rivers, with our venue hosted at Global Fund for Women. You can read more about our briefing in the right column under IFIP Events or click here.

Finally, please read the powerful interview that our new Chair and President of IFIP shared with us on who she is and what her hopes are for IFIP.
 
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
 
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IFIP News
A. Fredeen Photo

IFIP Board of Directors has a new Chair, Amy Fredeen.  Of shared Inupiaq and German heritage, Amy strongly believes in the value of bringing traditional wisdom into the modern world.  She serves her Alaska Native community in a number of ways: as a mother, as a mentor, as a life-student, and as the Executive Vice President and CFO of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC). In the following dialogue, Amy shares some of her views on Indigenous Philanthropy, IFIP and the world.
 
“Indigenous Philanthropy recognizes that Indigenous Peoples are not merely coming with their hands out, but really with their hands full; full of knowledge and wisdom that can be shared with the world.  These are gifts from Indigenous Peoples and philanthropy is a way to tap that unrecognized potential.” – Amy Fredeen
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IFIP Member News
IFIP Member Highlight: Inti Raymi Fund
Founded by Chimu, the Inti Raymi Fund visits communities in need all over the world asking two questions: “What do you need?” and “How can we help?” In the past two years or so, the organization has helped roughly 150,000 people around the world in diverse ways, with 25 projects in 20 countries, and a mission to reach 180 more countries.  Have a minute? Check out this video and learn about how Inti Raymi Fund is making a difference. 


Swift Foundation provides a list of resources that may be helpful to organizations. 

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Indigenous News
Justice Arana Reaffirms Maya Land Rights!
Supreme Court Justice Michelle Arana ruled in favor of SATIIM’s claim to stop drilling inside the Sarstoon-Temash National Park. Eamon Courtenay, SC, attorney for the Maya, said that the company, US Capital, can only proceed with drilling until April 30, 2014, but every day that they drill or that they prepare to drill without free prior and informed consent, they are in violation of the rights of the claimants.

BIWN Demands to Stop Alarming Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls and Punishment of Perpetrators
Leaders of Bangladesh Indigenous Women’s Network (BIWN) gather in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka demanding the government to take immediate action on the prevention of violence against Indigenous women and girls and for justice in the punishment of perpetrators. 

Tribes Still Troubled by FDA’s ‘Inadequate’ Consultation Policy
Over the past 10 months, tribal representatives had asked FDA for face-to-face consultation on Food Safety Modernization Act rules. But now that FDA has finally set a date, some representatives are dismayed by the meeting’s short notice as well as the expansive amount of material agency officials propose to cover in a single meeting.

After Contact, Isolated Groups Recover—But at High Cost
For half a millennium, contact with outsiders has meant death for indigenous groups living in isolation in the Amazon forest, but a new study from Brazil shows that some of those groups managed to recover within a decade after contact.

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Opportunities
IDEX Academy
Deadline: May 5, 2014
IDEX Academy is a week-long, high impact, global competency training course designed to connect next generation leaders to world-class practitioners. IDEX is curating this Academy to chart a new pathway for international development and philanthropy. Their vision is that the Academy can serve as a launching pad for the newly trained graduates, or Impact Influencers, to work in creative, collaborative, culturally competent ways to tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice the world.

SOCAP Social Entrepreneur Scholarship
Deadline: June 15, 2014
SOCAP has been supporting the most promising social entrepreneurs with scholarships and has consistently grown their entrepreneur offerings with the Impact Accelerator Weekend, innovation showcases, a marketplace for entrepreneurs’ goods, and dedicated mentoring. This year, in collaboration with The Gratitude Network, SOCAP is also presenting The Gratitude Awards. 

NACF Regional Artist Fellowship
Deadline: July 10, 2014 at 5pm PST
To support the creation of new works from visual and traditional artists in the Upper Plains and Woodlands regions, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is offering NACF Regional Artist Fellowships. American Indian artists who live in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin and who hold citizenship in federally-recognized tribes located in those four states, are invited to apply. 

Our Land Our Business Campaign
The Oakland Institute, along with farmers groups and civil society organizations from around the world, will be launching their Our Land Our Business campaign to demand that the World Bank abolish the Doing Business system and drop their project of Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture, which specifically aims at ranking countries’ agricultural sectors. Watch this video and show your support (organizations click here for the joint statement). 

Digital Defenders Partnership Grants
DDP has a new granting structure and online application form for submitting grant proposals. Potential grantees can apply for three different types of grants: Emergency, Direct Support, and Strategic Partnerships. Click here to learn more about grant details, eligibility, and submission process.

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Employment
Amazon Watch: Foundation Relations Manager – Oakland, CA
Amazon Watch is seeking a skilled and proactive Foundations Relations Manager. Based at their Oakland Headquarters, this post manages their grant processes, is responsible for strengthening the organization’s communications with foundations and for securing and growing support for their campaigns.

American Rivers: Grants Associate – Washington, DC
The Grants Associate’s primary responsibility will be to collaborate with a team of fundraising and conservation staff to submit grant proposals and reports that meet the specific requirements of foundations. In addition, the Grants Associate will work to ensure smooth functioning of the Development Department.

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving: Program Officer – Hartford, CT
The Program Officer will ensure that the Foundation’s grantmaking resources produce positive, sustainable programs and services to make significant, sustainable improvements in the lives of Greater Hartford’s people

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Events
Social Venture Network: 2014 Spring Conference
"What Matters Most...”
April 24 - 27, 2014
San Diego, CA


Survival International
Speaker Series with Davi Kopenawa, Yanomami Shaman
April 24, 28, 30, 2014
San Francisco & Berkeley, CA


A Luncheon Briefing with Free Speech For People
April 28, 2014, 12:00 - 2:00
The San Francisco Foundation
One Embarcadero Center, Ste 1400
San Francisco, CA 94111 
RSVP: obuckley@freespeechforpeople.org

John Bonifaz, President of Free Speech For People, will explore current concerns about the power of corporations in America today, how the US Supreme Court’s rulings in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission and Buckley v. Valeo are impacting our elections and new strategies for reclaiming our democracy.


EDGE Funders Alliance: 14th Annual Just Giving Conference 
“Towards an Ecological and Socially Just Transition to the Next Economy”
April 29 – May 1, 2014
Berkeley, CA

IHRFG New York Conference
July 15 - 16, 2014
New York, NY
 


Publications

All Risk No Reward

All Risk, No Reward: The Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion, a new report released by the Sierra Club, Indigenous Environmental Network and 12 other groups


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