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I hope this message finds you in good health and strong spirit. It’s my pleasure to write you once again and inform you that IFIP has reached another important milestone last month by successfully convening our very first Regional Convening in Querétaro, Mexico. You can now view a conference slideshow from the event, as well as read several Keynote speeches, on our website.
IFIP will be hosting its annual award reception at the Council on Foundations Annual Conference, which will be held on May 4-7, 2008. IFIP is honored that it will be presenting our annual award to an individual donor or foundation that has demonstrated efforts to increase philanthropic support for Indigenous Peoples around the world. Previous recipients include The Christensen Fund (2007), Kalliopeia Foundation (2006), and Ford Foundation President Susan Beresford (2005).
We will also be conducting two sessions at COF. One session, co-organized by the Levi Strauss Foundation, is themed “From Climate Change to Poverty: How Indigenous Peoples are Tackling the Most Challenging Issues of our Time” and will look at unique perspectives that Indigenous Peoples can provide to our most pressing global issues. The other session, called “Key to Effective International Philanthropy,” will examine how philanthropic institutions are finding ways to support transformative change within Indigenous Communities. More information on each session is listed below.
I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events, as well as sharing updates in future editions of our e-newsletter.
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IFIP CONFERENCES & EVENTS
Council on Foundations Annual Conference
IFIP Award Reception
Please join International Funders for Indigenous Peoples in its presentation of the Annual IFIP Award, bestowed upon an individual or foundation that has demonstrated efforts to increase philanthropic support for Indigenous Peoples around the world. Previous recipients include the The Christensen Fund (2007) in recognition of their efforts to promote and preserve Indigenous stewardships of cultural and ecological heritages, Kalliopeia Foundation (2006) for their intuition, spiritual wisdom and support for Indigenous Peoples and Ford Foundation (2005) for their leadership in increasing a greater commitment from a philanthropic institution. All are welcomed to attend and take part in this momentous event. Cash bar, chocolate and refreshments will be available.
From Climate Change to
Poverty: How Indigenous Peoples are Tackling the Most Challenging Issues of
Indigenous people are the existing descendants of the original people inhabiting a particular region or country. Indigenous populations often maintain cultural, political and legal values that differ from those of the newer inhabitants, and, importantly, maintain particular claims or rights over the local lands, resources and artifacts, in accordance with these values. The goal of this session is to share how the unique perspective of indigenous peoples can inform and work in partnership with funders to advance solutions to our most pressing global issues.
Key to Effective
Indigenous peoples around the world are becoming more successful in making themselves heard in international arenas. But many challenges remain in the fight for full recognition of all their rights. Likewise international philanthropy towards Indigenous Peoples is growing rapidly, but true partnerships and effective mechanisms are still developing. This session will examine practically the different ways that philanthropy is finding to support transformative change with Indigenous Communities, drawing from examples in the Amazon, Northern Australia and Africa. We will also share the results of a groundbreaking report that has tracked Global foundation giving to Indigenous communities.
EVENTS FOR FUNDERS
Sponsored by the Heartland Institute
March 2-4, 2008
The Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based think-tank which advocates classical liberal tenets, has organized a conference on climate change at the Marriott Hotel near Times Square March 2-4. Hundreds of the world's leading scientists, economists, and policy analysts will come together to explore key issues overlooked by advocates of the theory of man-made global warming.
Registration information is available at http://www.heartland.org/NewYork08/registration.cfm.
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Director of Grantmaking
(Deadline: April 6, 2008)
(San Francisco) The Director of Grantmaking is an exciting new senior management position that has opened up as a result of on-going planned growth at The Christensen Fund.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Grantmaking will lead and support the Program Officer and Grants Administration teams to enhance the quality and impact of grantmaking, enabling the Executive Director to focus on overall institutional and strategic issues.
Native Village Sues Energy Companies
(Alaska) The eroding village of Kivalina in the Northwest Arctic is suing Exxon Mobil and 23 other energy companies for damage related to global warming.
The suit was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco on behalf of the Native village's federally recognized tribe and its city government, according to lawyers for the village.
Kivalina, located on a shrinking barrier island in the Chukchi Sea, says the energy companies should pay to move the village to safer ground.
Australian Parliament Provides Apology to Indigenous People
organized breakfast barbecues in the Outback, giant TV screens went up in
state capitals, and schools allowed students to watch the telecast of
Australia's apology Wednesday for policies that degraded its indigenous
(Washington, DC ) The Aspen Institute announced the appointment of Jane Wales as Vice President, Philanthropy and Society, and Executive Director of the Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program, effective March 3, 2008. Wales is President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, headquartered in San Francisco, and co-founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF), a path-breaking and fast-growing network of donors and social investors committed to international causes.
While assuming this new role, Wales will continue as CEO of the Council and the Global Philanthropy Forum. She will also continue to host and moderate the nationally syndicated National Public Radio interview show, It’s Your World, broadcast by KQED-FM.
California Foundations Diversity and
Inclusiveness Scholarship Fund
COF is pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the California Foundations Diversity and Inclusiveness Scholarship Fund, which is made possible by the Council’s Building Strong and Ethical Foundation Initiative. The fund offers assistance to foundations in California and is intended to promote the participation of diverse foundation representatives at Philanthropy’s Vision: A Leadership Summit.
To apply for a scholarship, please review the guidelines and submit a completed application form. Because scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2008, or until the available funds are committed.
For additional information about the scholarship fund, please contact Dana Hughes at 703-879-0712 or Dana.Hughes@cof.org.
2008 EFC AGA and Conference Scholarship
The EFC is accepting applications for the 2008 AGA and Conference Scholarship Program, an initiative that will cover the attendance of a limited number of delegates at the upcoming EFC AGA and Conference, “Fostering Creativity,” set to take place from May 29th - 31st 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey. The scholarship program is aimed at foundation staff from all over the world.
Please note that there are a limited number of scholarships, and therefore not every eligible organization will be able to receive one.
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