For donors, Indigenous funding can be both exciting and frustrating. Because Indigenous funding has lagged so far behind other sectors of philanthropy, and because Indigenous People seek more holistic approaches that value Indigenous knowledge, new projects may not fit easily into existing granting criteria or program models.
Yet we are anxious to grow the field, and bring an infusion of new faces and new sources of investment and expertise, along with the professional camaraderie that comes with shared commitment and passion for this important work.
There is exciting work being done of global importance. We have listed some of these IFIP resources below:
“Drops in the Soil, Not in the Bucket: The Case for Borderless Indigenous Philanthropy“ by Evelyn Arce and James Stauch. This article is the eleventh in a series on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy, guest edited by The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. This article begins with the question of how philanthropy can possibly address the magnitude of the environmental and cultural change which is occurring on a global scale. Philanthropy can be more effective by making true partnerships with Indigenous Peoples whose accumulated knowledge and understanding is increasingly making our collective response to change more effective.
IFIP, FIMI, and AWID came together in 2014 realizing there is a gap in conversation, backed up by research around funding for women’s organizing within indigenous communities. The result is “A Call to Action: Insights into the Status of Funding for Indigenous Women’s Groups”.