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.”