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…
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples is the only global philanthropic network focused on Indigenous Peoples worldwide that promotes thought and strategic collaboration between the funding community and Indigenous Peoples. IFIP does this work by elevating and supporting Indigenous leadership and advocating for direct funding to Indigenous led initiatives and organizations, and Indigenous Led Funds. With over 20 years of experience, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) has been a key convener and, as such, a catalyst for defining and developing the field of Indigenous Peoples’ funding.
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.”
IFIP has been working together with GrantCraft, a service of The Foundation Center, to produce a new guide on Indigenous philanthropy, “Funding Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support”.
The Grantmaker’s Guide : Strengthening International Indigenous Philanthropy. A pioneering report that supports grantmakers in their philanthropy through examples from experienced grantmakers.