Connecting Communities - Sharing Knowledge - Building a Common Future
January 2007

Se:kon/Greetings IFIP Friends,
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) is pleased to announce the addition of three new board of director members. Please join me in welcoming Joshua Mailman, President of The Joshua Mailman Foundation, Jose Malvido, Native American Programs Manager for the Seva Foundation and Tanya Hosch, Board of Director for Foundation for Young Australians. We are thrilled at the addition of these exceptional people to IFIP’s board. Their vision, talents and expertise will make IFIP even stronger.  You can view their full bio’s here.

IFIP is also pleased to announce the theme for this years conference, “Weaving a New Path in Philanthropy,” this theme was chosen to symbolize the interrelatedness of our work and how we must all work together to achieve our goals. The act of weaving represents strands that cross over and under each other, it not only produces beautiful, well-woven textiles, but in some Indigenous communities, the patterns mirror the social and economic history of the community and the weaver’s life experiences. It best depicts the universal view of many Indigenous communities how all things are interconnected. Download “Save the Date” in PDF or Word and "Conference Flyer" for more info.

We are sending out a “Call for Sessions” PDF or Word, deadline February 19, 2007, for those that would like the opportunity to share the work that they are doing with Indigenous communities. We are still looking for more sponsors, to learn about the benefits of sponsoring an IFIP Conference, email IFIP.

I want to remind you that now is the perfect time to become an IFIP Member and take advantage of this unique opportunity to join our exciting network of International Funders for Indigenous Peoples.  IFIP encourages our members to submit articles for the Fall/Winter newsletter due January 31, 2007.

Evelyn Arce-White, M.A.T.
IFIP Executive Director


Social Declaration

Declaration of the Social, Non-Governmental and Union Organizations and Indigenous and Affected Communities Convened at The Regional Consultation of the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN on the issue of Human Rights and Transnational and other Businesses Enterprises Bogotá, Colombia, January 18-19, 2007 more


Human Rights Situation in Uganda
Supplementary Report to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights for the 40th Ordinary Session

Banjul, The Gambia
November 2006

FPP, in collaboration with the United Organization for Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU) and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), have submitted a supplementary report to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights to provide information to the Commission on the human rights situation of the Batwa in Uganda. This report is being considered by the Commission during its 40th ordinary session taking place in Banjul, The Gambia from 15-29 November 2006, at which Uganda's first periodic state report under the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights will be examined. FPP and UOBDU will also be participating in the session and delivering an oral statement to the Commission on the situation of the Batwa. more


International Women's Development Agency
Call for Proposals

Deadline February 15, 2007

For over 20 years, the International Women's Development Agency (IWDA) has worked with more than 100 grassroots organizations in the developing world, to support and advance the life choices and well being of women and their families. IWDA undertakes projects in partnership with women from the Asia Pacific region.The International Women's Development Agency (IWDA) calls for project proposals for the 2006/2007 financial year. Please note only limited funds are available, and are restricted to Aus$15,000 in the first year. Proposals need to be received by the office no later than 15 February 2007. more



IHRFG Semi-Annual Meeting:
Migration, Immigration and Refuge Rights

Jan 29-30, 2007
Crowne Plaza Union Square
Savoy Room
480 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

The debate over immigration and the rights of migrant workers and refugees, both in the US and around the world, reveals just how distant the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights remain for huge segments of the world's population. As children, women, and men flee conflict, persecution, poverty or environmental devastation, they face a range of human rights violations. Asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants find themselves strangers in strange lands, often unable to form strong communities to claim their rights. They are excluded from citizenship, denied protections as workers, face sexual and economic slavery, and lack access to health care, education, safe housing or even safe drinking water. The conference will examine current trends in migration, immigration and refugee rights, explore recent developments in international human rights law, and assess how these trends can inform our grantmaking. Click here for more info.


Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group Annual Retreat
"Working and Learning Together to Support Africa"

January 31-February 2, 2007
Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center
Tarrytown, New York

The Retreat provides an opportunity for grantmakers funding in Africa to take time from their busy schedule to engage in discussions where they can challenge assumptions, articulate rationale, and discuss their work with colleagues who understand the challenges and rewards of funding in Africa. If you become a member of AGAG at the same time you register for the 2007 Annual Retreat you qualify to register for the 2007 Annual Retreat at the Member rate. Download the AGAG MEMBERSHIP PACKET or contact AGAG at 212-812-4212 or email for more details.


Joint Affinity Groups (JAG) Unity Summit

February 5-7, 2007
California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities
Los Angeles, CA

Registration is available online at the JAG website Participation is limited to 300 and we expect to fill up quickly. Early-bird registration fee and discounted hotel rates available for early registrants!


The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers presents
"Strengthening Philanthropy through
Collaboration and Connections"

February 28 - March 2, 2007
Hamilton Crowne Plaza
Washington, DC

Join your colleagues from across the nation at the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers' 2007 winter conference! This event will provide networking opportunities, celebrate leadership, and continue the discussion about collaboration among grantmaker associations. For more info click here.


West Coastal Native Philanthropy Regional Gathering

February 05, 2007
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Center for Healthy Communities California Endowment
1000 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA

Native Americans in Philanthropy will host a regional gathering of Native and Tribal Non-profits, foundations and allies. This networking and strategic development gathering will further identify the role for Native Americans in Philanthropy in the West Coast Region as well as communicate our programs and expansion of programs. Our vision is to improve understanding about the unique aspects of Native people and how philanthropy can work with and build on the assets of indigenous communities.

We look forward to hearing your stories of giving within your communities. We will share with you the story of Native Americans in Philanthropy, our mission and goals and how our organizations can support each other in philanthropic and Native community building. There is a $25 Registration fee and space is limited. Download the Registration Form and register today!


Stewarding Sacred Lands

February 8-9, 2007
Sycuan Resort
El Cajon, California

The goal of the conference is to promote understanding and collaboration between diverse groups and communities engaged in the identification, acquisition, management or co-management of Native American sacred sites, areas, and culturally sensitive species. If you have any questions regarding the event, or would like to be listed as a presenter, we would appreciate hearing from you at your earliest convenience. Please feel free to contact me at 1-800-670-6252 or via email at While there is no fee for attending the event, we will be asking for individuals to provide us with a RSVP. more


Native Philanthropy Institute & Emerging Leaders Summit

April 3-5, 2007
Fort McDowell Resort
Scottsdale, AZ

Native Americans in Philanthropy announces the 2nd Annual Native Philanthropy Institute and Emerging Leaders Summit on April 3-5, 2007. The event will gather Native people from across the nation in sharing and receiving knowledge on giving, communications, fundraising, emerging leadership with special opportunities to experience the Indigenous cultures and tradition of giving throughout Arizona and the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Members will receive a discounted rate.

A more detailed program agenda will be available when Registration opens on January 1, 2007. Watch your email for more information which will come out soon!
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Global Petition on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
A strong and uplifting United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is urgently needed to establish minimum international standards to inspire and urge states and others to respect and uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples without discrimination. Click here for details.



Ecuador’s President Vows to Focus on the Poor
Rafael Correa vowed to put Ecuador's poor ahead of foreign debt payments as he was sworn in as president yesterday, at an inauguration attended by members of the growing club of leftist Latin American leaders.

Giving Back is a Megatrend
"This is now a global industry," Bishop said, and the Puget Sound region is uniquely suited to expand its leadership advantage in this "new industry of giving."

US Human Rights Fund Distributes $735,000 in Grants

Judge Denies Tarahumara Request to Suspend Logging
Chihuahua, Mexico

An Aboriginal tribe in Australia
has won joint control of World Heritage-listed rainforests in a major land rights claim.



Director of Diversity Initiatives
The Council on Foundations (COF) is a membership organization of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations and giving programs worldwide.

Human Rights Program Officer at Ford Foundation
The Program Officer for Human Rights will be responsible for a portfolio of grants and related activities focusing on the protection and promotion of human rights in the Andean Region and Southern Cone (with special focus on Colombia, Peru, Chile and Argentina). The program endorses a comprehensive definition and understanding of human rights (including civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights) and seeks to strengthen human rights related to the concept and practice of citizenship.

Director of Individual Giving at Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Created from the merger of Peninsula Community Foundation and Community Foundation Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Community Foundation brings together the complementary strengths of each foundation to create a greater impact than either CFSV or PCF could realize alone. Send the letter and resume as Word documents via email only to Karen DeMers. The deadline for consideration is
February 1, 2007.

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