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Connecting Communities - Sharing Knowledge - Building a Common Future

January 2008


IFIP Conference Participants pose for a group picture at the El Cerrito Pyramid.

Se:kon/Greetings IFIP Friends,

I am delighted to let you know that IFIP successfully convened and celebrated its First Regional Convening in Querétaro, Mexico from January 18-20, 2008 with successful pre- post conference trips to Sierra Gorda, Querétaro region and the Oaxaca community. The international gathering, themed Awakening Consciousness & Forming Alliances: Indigenous Peoples and Philanthropy, succeeded in bringing together more than 180 donors and Indigenous Leaders/NGO's from all over Mesoamerica and the world to discuss critical issues; such as Alternatives to Genetically Modified Corn,  Strategies of Indigenous Governability and Building Capacity, Using Radio as an Effective Communication Strategy, Conservation Techniques and Indigenous Stewardship of Land and much, much more… .


This was the first time in history that a gathering has been held bringing attention to the Mesoamerican region that gathered donors that are interested in Indigenous projects, NGO’s that are supporting Indigenous communities and Key Indigenous leaders from the Mesoamerican region and around the world.


There is an assortment of images from the conference available to view on our website, at http://www.internationalfunders.org/index.htmlWe are working on a full conference report and transcription of each of the speeches.  To view Don Samuel Ruiz Garcia speech in Spanish, click here. (we are working on getting it translated).


IFIP is grateful for all conference sponsors that have made this event possible, they include: The Christensen Fund, Levi Strauss Foundation, Ford Foundation, Kalliopeia Foundation, AVEDA, SEEDS, Mitsubishi International Corporation Foundation, The Mailman Foundation, CEMEFI and NAP.


Now is the perfect time to join our expanding network of International Funders for Indigenous Peoples. Become a paid member today to take advantage of our unique services, like our newly implemented Members-Only Listserv and Members Forum. Click here for information on how to become a member and please note that the last day for submission of articles for the Spring/Summer newsletter is due July 1, 2008.


In Peace,

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


Global Mourning: How The Next Victim of
Climate Change Will Be Our Minds
Cliv Thompson

Australia is suffering through its worst dry spell in a millennium. The outback has turned into a dust bowl crops are dying off at fantastics rates, cities are rationing water, coral reefs are dying, and the agricultural base is evaporating.


To download the article, click here.


Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide
for Foundations and Corporations
European Foundation Centre and
the Council on Foundations

Moved by widely publicized human suffering and increased disaster aid requests, foundations and corporations are becoming more active in the disaster relief field. Grantmakers have a distinct role to play in disasters because of their ongoing relations with grantees, long-term perspective, flexibility and convening capacity. Lacking the sizable emergency relief resources of governments and some well-known nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), foundations and corporate grantmakers nevertheless can make a significant contribution, for instance, by filling critical gaps in underfunded areas like disaster rehabilitation, prevention, research and education.


To download the full report, click here.



Joining the Fight Against Global Poverty:
A Menu for Corporate Engagement

Center for Global Development


In the last decade more and more of the world's leading corporations have sought and found ways to join in the fight against global poverty. In an increasingly interdependent world, there are many opportunities to do good while doing well commercially. Yet the approaches taken, and the logic of different tactics by different companies, have not been much studied. This new report, based on interviews with 15 corporations that have been active in "development" work in poor countries,
offers a menu of six approaches.


To download the full report, click here.



International King Baudouin
Development Prize


The King Baudouin Foundation will be accepting applications until February 1, 2008 for the 2008-2009 King Baudouin International Development Prize. Created in 1978, the prize is awarded every other year to acknowledge positive examples of development. Beyond its actual financial value of 150,000 euros, the prize gives winners international visibility and publicity before the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Union, bilateral development agencies, foundations, and international NGOs. For more information, click here.


IFIP Reception & Session
Council on Foundations: A Leadership Summit

May 4, 5 & 7
National Harbor, Maryland

Mark your calendars and join us for a reception and session at the Council of Foundation’s Annual Conference: A Leadership Summit. Information on the location and times will be available soon!


Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group

“Funding Impact: Partnerships, Networks, and Collaborations”
February 4-6, 2008
Johannesburg, South Africa


Annual Retreat:
“Working Together to Support Development Efforts in Africa”

February 7-8, 2008
Johannesburg, South Africa


In February 2008, AGAG will convene private funders for our Annual Retreat and sponsor an inaugural Conference that will reach out to a broader audience of public and private agencies and organizations involved in development funding in Africa. 


Please join us for what promise to be two unique, exciting, and important gatherings. More information and how to register at www.africagrantmakers.org.

Climate Funding 101:
Strategic Grantmaking on Climate Change

Environmental Grantmakers Association

Funder Learning Webinar
February 19, 2008 (1:00 - 2:00 pm EST)

This is a web-based seminar (webinar) intended for environmental funders new to climate change and non-environmental funders wanting to learn more.  It will include a teleconference component as well as an online visual presentation.

Please RSVP by sending an email to bhesterman@ega.org. For more information, click here.

Strategy Session
Change Action Partners

February 21, 2008
New York City, New York

Change Action Partners is a daylong strategy session that achieves diversity in philanthropy by building partnership/ collaborations between affinity groups that address structural funding inequities through intersectional approaches.


Change Action Partners encourages you to:

  • bring your bright ideas, hopeful programs, and existing projects to the attention of your colleagues for possible collaboration and support,
  • come and hear what others are doing and join
    their efforts,
  • grow and generate new original partnerships onsite from our conversations.


We’re looking for lively conversations that lead to tangible partnerships with a high return on investment in advancing diversity and inclusiveness in Philanthropy.

Please send questions or RSVP’s to Pamela Strother at realChange Partners, pamela@realchangepartners.com  or 202-486-5990.

Foundations On The Hill
Council on Foundations & Forum of Regional
Associations of Grantmakers

March 4-5, 2008

Washington, DC


The work of the philanthropic sector affects the lives of millions of Americans. That's why it is very important that we meet, develop relationships, and educate members of Congress about the work foundations and corporate giving programs do in their states and districts. Join the Council on Foundations, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, and hundreds of your colleagues for Foundations on the Hill, March 4–5, 2008, in Washington, DC. For more information about this event, visit www.foundationsonthehill.org. Questions?  Contact Chatrane Birbal (703-879-0689) at the Council or Erin McCarty (202-467-1122) at the Forum.


For more information, click here.

Women's Funding Network Annual Conference

May 1-3, 2008
Washington, D.C.

Our 2008 Annual Conference, Leadership for A Changing World, will be a high-energy gathering of visionary leaders from around the world. Join us for the best in skill-building, inspiration and global idea exchange as we forge bold strategies to empower women, communities and nations.

Women's funds are at the forefront of investing in solutions to some of the world's most pressing social issues. Together we are bringing in a new era of global change for women and their communities. Our conference will showcase the most cutting-edge ideas, trends and insights on social investment in women. We will also offer practical opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and connections in arenas from social networking to social investment. Join Us!

For more information, click here.

Native Americans in Philanthropy
3rd Annual National Gathering

May 2-3, 2008
Washington, DC

NAP will host a national gathering to celebrate outstanding philanthropic practices in Indian Country and share knowledge of best practices in Native nonprofits and Native philanthropy.  This two-day event will include prominent Native speakers, discussion groups and speaker panels, the Annual Awards & Celebration dinner, a Silent Auction and the Annual meeting of NAP.

For more information, click here.

Philanthropy's Vision: A Leadership Summit
Council on Foundations

May 4–7, 2008
National Harbor, Maryland

Join a gathering of philanthropic leaders unlike any the world has seen before. Whether you’re brand new to philanthropy or have years of experience, from a small family foundation or a large corporate giving program, from a rural area or a big city—philanthropy needs your vision and your voice.

For more information, click here.

Just Giving: Global Social Change Philanthropy
Grantmakers Without Borders
8th Annual Conference

June 8-10, 2008
San Francisco, California

Grantmakers Without Borders, a philanthropic network, is dedicated to increasing funding for international social justice and environmental sustainability and to improving the practice of international grantmaking. We offer a space for education, community and collaboration among international social change grantmakers. We advocate before policymakers on behalf of social change grantmakers, and we work to leverage the philanthropic sector to increase funding to the global South. In all our efforts, Grantmakers Without Borders is committed to the ideals of justice, equity, peace, democracy, and respect for the environment. See http://www.gwob.net/ for registration info.


Indigenous Peoples: Promoting Peace, Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Conservation
The International Center for Tolerance Education


February 7, 2008
New York City, New York

To download more information, click here.



Conference on the Reclamation of Indigenous Languages
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation


February 20-22, 2008
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
Mashantucket, Connecticut


The Language Reclamation Conference includes the visual, written and performing arts, with presentations by many diverse and accomplished speakers and performers who have devoted their life’s work to the study, preservation and celebration of indigenous languages. The themes that will be addressed include: Instructional Techniques, Linguistics in the Context of Preservation and Reconstruction, Technological Innovations, and the Artistic Application of Language. In addition, two Roundtables will be hosted: Dictionary Building and Community Language Project Policy Development.


For more information, click here.



Guerrero Delegation
International Service for Peace (SIPAZ)

March 7- 14, 2008
Oaxaca, Mexico


Traveling with SIPAZ to Guerrero will give you the opportunity to get to know Guerrero from the inside, the problems, local resistance processes, and the struggle of indigenous people for a life with justice and dignity. During our 7-day delegation, we will visit indigenous villages, ecologists, human rights defenders, and much more. Through this trip you will acquire a broader understanding of the problems and the human rights situation in Guerrero.

To download more information, click here.



Fire and Ice Ceremony for the Earth
'The Elders’ Federation of Greenland


July 18-20, 2008
Kangerlussuaq West Coast, Greenland


The Fire and Ice Ceremony for the Earth will be a powerful three-day cross-cultural gathering of deliberation, ceremony, and celebration, the objective of which touches the welfare of the world. A principal objective is the return of the sacred fire in fulfillment of prophetic tradition. For the first time in memory the sacred fire will be home. The ceremony will revolve around the physical fire but the most important element will be the spiritual fire, the spirit of which the physical fire is a symbol. It is a symbol of countless generations of indigenous people who have met around it to consider how to live well on the land given to them and how to relate well to the Creator and to one another. The lessons of the ice will also be prominent, both in helping us all recognize our common humanity, and in developing common perspectives raised by the melting ice and global climate change.


For more information, click here.



Indigenous Peoples Funding and Resource Guide
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Relatively Few Charity Dollars Go To Neediest, Study Finds


Providing for the poor is the primary goal people cite for their charitable donations, but less than one third of that money actually goes to helping the neediest, according to a recent study commissioned by Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google.


Read more…



United Nations Human Rights Council establishes new Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


On December 13, 2007, in the closing hours of its sixth session, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted by consensus a resolution to establish a new subsidiary body, the “Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”.  


Read more…

US Banned Pesticides Poisoning Indigenous Peoples Worldwide

Pesticides banned in the United States are still being exported by US corporations to agricultural fields surrounding Indigenous Peoples’ communities, including those of Yaquis in Sonora, Mexico, resulting in illnesses and deaths.


Read more…

Language Dies
With Chief

Chief Marie Smith Jones, the last full-blooded Eyak and the last person fluent in her Native language, died at her home in Anchorage. She was 89.


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Indigenous Communities
Mini-Grant Program

Western Mining Action
Network and Indigenous
Environmental Network


The goal of the mini-grants program is to support and enhance the capacity building efforts of mining-impacted
Indigenous communities in the U.S. and Canada to assure that mining projects do not adversely affect human, cultural, and the ecological health within their traditional territories.


Download application…


Conference Fund
Canadian International
Development Agency

The Conferences and Events Secretariat supports participation
by eligible delegates at
conferences that address topics of particular interest to the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA). Conferences must directly support one or more ofCIDA’s program priorities (governance, health, basic education, private-sector development, and environmental sustainability, with gender
equality as a cross-cutting theme), and seek to influence sustainable development in
developing countries and/or countries in transition. In response to Agency requirements,
the Conference and Events Secretariat may favour conferences that address areas where CIDA is strengthening
its programming. Conferences may be held in Canada or abroad.

The Conference Fund will
support up to 33% of total
conference costs, to a
maximum of $250,000,
towards the participation of eligible delegates.


For more information,
click here.



Director of
Energy and
Climate Change

United Nations Foundation

Director of Development, Energy and Climate Change is an integral part of the United Nations expanding Partnership Development team.  Under the direction of the Executive Director of Development, the position has primary responsibility for worldwide fundraising and partnership development for UNF’s energy and climate change program, including the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual, government, corporate, foundation and NGO donors.

For more information, click here.

Other job openings:

· Gifts and Stewardship Manager

· Director, Major Gifts

Program Officer
Fund for Global
Human Rights

The Fund for Global Human Rights seeks a Program Officer to manage grantmaking and technical assistance programs in South and Southeast Asia. The Program Officer's primary responsibility is the management of a grants portfolio totaling over $1,000,000 that will be comprised of approximately 60 organizations in 4 countries (Philippines, Thailand, India, and Pakistan).

For more information, click here. 

Executive Director, Grants Manager Network
The Ford Foundation

The Grants Managers Network (GMN) provides a forum to exchange information about grants management and its relevance to efficient and effective grant making. GMN has more than 1,100 members nationwide representing 750+ private, community and corporate foundations. Twelve regional groups also support members--principally through periodic convenings—to discuss legal, technological, financial and other professional topics of mutual interest.

For more information, click here.

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