After fourteen years at the helm, Evelyn Arce Erickson has decided to step down in her role as IFIP’s Executive Director, her last day is Sept 9th 2016. She has decided to focus her energies on expanding her family with her new husband, see below her personal message.
Under Evelyn’s leadership, IFIP has grown to more than 50 members and affiliates bringing together funders, NGOs, and Indigenous Peoples to help give greater recognition and voice to the issues and challenges faced by Indigenous communities globally. Through conference organizing, webinars, events, research and publications, Evelyn truly helped build a community of best practice for Indigenous Philanthropy and positioned IFIP to become a key convener and catalyst for Indigenous Peoples funding. We welcome you to join us in thanking Evelyn for her years of service to the field and promoting the causes of Indigenous Peoples globally. We know she will be missed by many and we wish her every success in her future endeavors.
IFIP is organizing The Latin America Indigenous Funders Conference. This conference is uniquely positioned to bring together philanthropists, donor agencies and Indigenous communities in Latin America. The Conference will be a unique event that will bring leaders from the Indigenous, donor, and corporate worlds to the same table. More details here.
A FUNDER'S TOOLKIT: Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
CONFERENCE TRACKS: 1-Investing in Indigenous Models of Sustainable Development 2-Protecting Ancestral Territories and Indigenous Rights 3-Walking in Two Worlds: Why Indigenous Wisdom Will Be Vital to Our Future 4 - The How to: Strategies for Support
FUNDING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES: Strategies for Support
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples is the only global donor affinity group dedicated solely to Indigenous peoples around the world. For the past fifteen years, IFIP has built momentum toward a new movement in philanthropy that recognizes Indigenous communities as high-impact investments. Our last conference, the World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy brought 300 donors and Indigenous leaders, 80 Indigenous Peoples from 30 countries. Throughout the years, we have organized 13 major conferences and over 50 sessions at donor’s conferences, bringing thousands of donors and Indigenous leaders together.
Why Fund Indigenous Peoples Now?
More than 370 million-strong in over 90 countries, Indigenous Peoples constitute the largest minority in the world at almost 5% of the global population. Traditional Indigenous territories cover up to 24 percent of the world’s land surface and contain 80 percent of the earth’s global biodiversity priority areas. Indigenous Peoples are invaluable partners in solving many of today’s complex problems, such as climate change, biodiversity preservation, and sustainable management of natural resources.
Indigenous Peoples have a rich history of self-help and innovative sharing practices that are often humble, celebratory and equitable. These can provide useful ethical and practical lessons for philanthropy at large. Developing serious philanthropic relationships with them requires a readiness to accept alternative worldviews that can benefit both partners in surprising and unusual ways, helping to break down preconceived notions and to think “out of the box.”
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