Connecting Communities - Sharing Knowledge - Building a Common Future
July 2006

Dear IFIP Friends,

I am delighted to report that IFIP has been working this summer submitting articles and planning for upcoming conference sessions. Several pieces are scheduled for publication in philanthropic magazines that will report on the success of our annual conference. As well, IFIP will be conducting sessions for this fall's series of major grantmaker's conferences, such as the Environmental Grantmakers Association and Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support events. We are also working to produce a conference report for LINKING CIRCLES V: Strengthening Partnerships in Philanthropy: Building Effective Grantmaking in Indigenous Communities, which will be available on our website later this summer.

In the meantime, I would like to share an article that interviews Nick Lunch, Executive Director of Insight, on how the annual conference helped his organization. Lunch states that his participation has allowed his organization to increase networking opportunities that are now leading them into new exciting projects with Indigenous communities and organizations that assist Indigenous Peoples. Read article here.

IFIP would also like to encourage our members to submit an article for our biannual newsletter "The Sharing Circle" about effective grantmaking and lessons learned in Indigenous communities. The deadline is August 7th.

IFIP is already starting the planning process for Linking Circles VI. If you are interested in becoming a planning committee member and you are an Esteemed or Sustaining member (click here for membership form), send an email to IFIP and ask for a planning committee application to be considered.

Evelyn Arce-White
IFIP Executive Director


Principles of Accountability for International Philanthropy Developed by a Joint Working Group of the European Foundation Centre and Council on Foundations

In the spring of 2005 the European Foundation Centre and the Council on Foundations created a joint working group to explore the concept of accountability as it specifically relates to philanthropy that crosses national borders. The product of the working group's activities over the past year is a draft document that identifies the key principles of accountability in international philanthropy for the respective members of the two organizations and others who may be interested. To see the draft version that will be complete fall 2006 click here.


"Buffetted by Fortune: What Does the Buffett/Gates Gift Mean for Philanthropy"

Warren Buffett announced in June that he's giving away 85 percent of his $44 billion fortune to support philanthropic causes, the largest of which is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To put the Buffett announcement into historical, cultural and political perspective, the Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal held the panel discussion "Buffetted by Fortune: What Does the Buffett/Gates Gift Mean for Philanthropy" on June 30. Panelists included Elizabeth Boris of the Urban Institute, Rick Cohen of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, James Allen Smith of Georgetown University and Adam Meyerson of the Philanthropy Roundtable. The Bradley Center's William Schambra served as moderator. Read the transcript (PDF) here.


GrantCraft's guide, Making Measures Work for You: Outcomes and Evaluation

Measuring outcomes can be a tricky and sometimes contentious issue. GrantCraft's guide, Making Measures Work for You: Outcomes and Evaluation, helps grantmakers understand the tensions that may be raised by measuring outcomes and learn how to make measurement work well for them and their grantees. The guide is the latest in GrantCraft's series on evaluation techniques. Read more or download the guide (PDF) click here.


2007 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program

The program provides leadership training through applied research and professional mentorships for young scholar-practitioners in the nonprofit sector. The research topic for applicants to the spring program, including the program's Diversity Fellowship, is community foundations. A limited number of fellowships for research on diaspora philanthropy or corporate philanthropy are also available for applicants based outside the United States. Please note that only research proposals that address the topics of community foundations, diaspora philanthropy or corporate philanthropy will be given consideration. To learn more about the program, qualifications, and application guidelines, please visit the Center's website at and click on "International Fellows Program."



New CEOs Seminar

September 27-29, 2006
Indiana University
Indianapolis, IN

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and the Council on Foundations are offering a three-day Seminar for New CEOs. New foundation chief executive officers can join their colleagues on September 27-29, 2006, in Indianapolis, to learn about key responsibilities of foundation CEOs and tools of the trade, and make important contacts. Sessions and events will be facilitated by foundation executives and center faculty. Register or read more click here.


EGA 2006 Fall Retreat

October 7-11, 2006
Asilomar Conference Center
Pacific Grove, California

IFIP would like to present "Indigenous Approaches to Conservation and Territorial Defense" This session will include a cross-cultural panel of Latin American indigenous leaders that will discuss indigenous approaches to conservation and, with participants, explore ways in which funders and the international conservation community can better understand and support their environmental goals for their territories.
Click for more details


Communities Unbound:
Claiming the Power of a Just Society

October 14 - 17, 2006
Loyola University
Chicago, IL

In 2006 NNG will travel from the ancient and sacred traditions of the Coast Salish communities to urban Chicago cityscape. Join NNG at Loyola University Chicago, just off Chicago's Magnificent Mile to explore philanthropy with an inner city perspective. Conference participants will put on a criminal justice lens in the 2006 analyses of our philanthropic roles and strategies. For more info click here.


Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support
(WINGS) c/o European Foundation Centre

November 16-18, 2006
Bangkok, Thailand

The WINGS network is getting ready for the landmark event that the network organizes every four years: the global WINGSForum. After IMAG in Mexico in 1998 and WINGSForum in Sydney in 2002, the third global meeting is scheduled for 16-18 November 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand. It will convene approximately 200 people from organizations in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific and Africa. For details click here.

Barry Gaberman Lecture on Global Philanthropy Initiative, which will be inaugurated later this year at WINGSForum 2006 in Bangkok and then organized each time WINGSForum is held: each lecture will be by a world leader in the development of philanthropy, beginning with Barry himself. We believe this is a perfect way to honour Barry's role in founding WINGS, and to provide an occasion to reflect on his long and important career in the field. To contribute, please click here.


24th session of the
Working Group on Indigenous Populations:
"Utilization of IPs' Lands by Non-Indigenous Authorities,
Groups or Individuals for Military Purposes"

July 31- August 4, 2006
Geneva, Switzerland

Secretariat of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 917 9323 Phone/Fax: +41 22 917 9008


WINHEC 2006 Conference

August 7-9, 2006
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Cloquet, Minnesota

World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium would like to invite you to register for their annual conference.

Click here for more info.
Click here for the registration form.


International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

August 9, 2006
Celebrated Throughout the World


Know How Conference 2006

August 21 - 26, 2006
Pena Pachamama Restaurant
1630 Powell St.
Mexico City

Know How 2006 has the following objectives:
  • To establish strategies that will promote the use of women's information to improve women's lives.
  • To develop a strategic plan aimed at narrowing the information/digital gap for women.
  • To share strategies that address the accessibility and availability of information for indigenous, excluded and rural women.
  • For more info, E-mail and see our website.

International Symposium on Indigenous Women,
Territoriality and Biodiversity in the Latin-American Context

September 6 - 8th, 2006
Natura Foundation Colombia
Bogotá, Colombia

The Natura Foundation Colombia is pleased to invite women supporters to participate in the organization of the Second International seminar on Indigenous women, territoriality and biodiversity, taking place on the 6th, 7th and 8th of September in Bogotá, Colombia. This second round aims to continue with the initial objective of gathering researchers from different academic backgrounds, indigenous leaders and activists, and indigenous women from different communities, to reflect on the complex relationships that indigenous women have with their surrounding and to analyze the situations (political, social and cultural within others) affecting them. For any further information about the project or the Foundation please visit (in Spanish) or contact Paula Bueno at


Bioneers Conference

October 20-22
San Rafael, CA

The Annual Bioneers Conference is a hub of practical solutions for restoring the Earth and people. It's a thriving network of visionary innovators who are working with nature to heal nature. The bioneers draw from four billion years of evolutionary intelligence and apply nature's operating instructions in practical ways to serve human ends harmlessly. They herald a dawning age of interdependence founded in nature's principles of diversity, kinship, community, cooperation, and reciprocity. To register, and for more information, click here.


Young Women's Institute on Money and Movements

November 5 - 7, 2006
Oaxaca, Mexico

Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is bringing together 35 young feminist activists, primarily from the Global South and Eastern Europe who have experience with either youth organizations or women's rights organizations.This meeting is a key follow-up to AWID's action-research initiative, "Where's the money for women's rights? has found that funding has shrunk in the past 10 years for women's rights. As such women's and feminists movements need to reenergize their collective strategies to increase the amount and quality of funding. At this meeting, AWID will engage young feminists around their strategies for movement-building, organizational strengthening and resource mobilization. A web-based application form is available here. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2006. For more info contact info email : Rushana Du Toit of Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) Website:


The Pachamama Alliance's Annual Fundraising Luncheon

Wednesday, November 15th
12:00pm to 1:30 pm
Festival Pavilion
Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Come find out about the unique work of Pachamama both in the rainforest and here at home, and what you can do to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling,and socially just human presence on this planet. Space is limited; reserve your place early by calling 415-561-4522 or reply to this message - . If you would like information on how to become a Table Captain or volunteer, please contact Natalie Doel at 415-561-4522 x109 or


13th Native American Film + Video Festival

November 30 - December 3, 2006
NMAI's Film + Video Center
New York City, New York

The NMAI's Film + Video Center announces the 13th Native American Film and Video Festival, to be held November 30 - December 3, 2006, in New York City. The 2006 Festival will feature outstanding Native independent and community productions in film, video, radio, and new media, produced after May 2003. The Festival also marks the celebration of the Film + Video Center's 25th Anniversary.

To see who attended opening night of the 2003 Native American Film + Video Festival, click here.

Become an IFIP Member or Renew Your Membership. Download our new membership form,
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Looking for ways to help your grantees become successful grantseekers?
Order copies of the "Indigenous Peoples Funding and Resource Guide." IFIP Members receive a 30% discount.

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Announcement of New Program Officer at The Christensen Fund
The Christensen Fund is delighted to announce that Dr. Gleb Raygorodetsky has joined the Fund as of July 1st 2006 as Program Officer for the Global Biocultural Initiative, to take the lead on the indigenous landscapes, knowledge building, and adapting to global change grant making. A second Program Officer hire will be announced in the next couple of months to take the lead on the complementary grantmaking portfolio around global institutions and global policies within the Global Biocultural Initiative. more

The Council on Foundations' 2007 Annual Conference, to be held April 29-May 1 in Seattle, will continue, culminate and celebrate a year-long, field-wide conversation on the search for philanthropic opportunities to meet challenges confronting our communities, regions and nations. Voices from around the world have already responded to the 2007 Annual Conference Call for Comments, Part 1, launched via e-mail and on the Council's website in June. A report will be compiled based on submissions received by Monday, July 31, 2006. To join the conversation, click here.

New Threat to the Amazon Basin's Fast-Shrinking Tropical Rainforest
A project to build two enormous dams on the Madeira River. Brazilian environmental organizations say the Madeira hydro-electric project is not necessary; Brazil's energy needs can better be met by investing in energy efficiency and renewable sources. please visit the webpage.



Executive Director of Rainforest Foundation - US New York, NY
The Rainforest Foundation - US (RF-US), a leading international human rights and environmental organization, is dedicated to preserving the rights of indigenous and traditional peoples of the rainforest and protecting the rainforest environment. To Apply: Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package. Interested candidates should e-mail resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to: For more information, click here.

Advocacy Coordinator at Grantmakers Without Borders, Washington, DC Area
Grantmakers Without Borders (Gw/oB) is a philanthropic network dedicated to increasing funding for international social justice and environmental sustainability. Gw/oB is not itself a grantmaking entity but rather a coalition of grantmakers who come together for learning and collaboration on issues of concern to grantmakers working in the developing world. Gw/oB's members include private foundations, grantmaking public charities, individual donors, and other allies in philanthropy. Gw/oB is a project of the Tides Center. Part-time position based in the Washington, DC area There is no deadline for application. However the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified, so early submission is strongly recommended. To apply, email (to the attention of the "Hiring Committee") a cover letter and résumé, in Word, to Please do not send zipped files. Click here for more info.

Program Assistant for Andes-Amazon Initiative at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation - San Francisco, CA
The Moore Foundation is a nonprofit, grantmaking organization, with a major focus on the environment. Its stated vision is to "create positive outcomes for future generations." The Andes-Amazon Initiative is focused on biodiversity conservation, land-use, and maintenance of climate function in the basin. The Program Assistant will participate in the oversight of day to day operations of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Andes-Amazon Initiative, a long-term, collaborative initiative designed to make strategic grants to conserve the biodiversity and ecosystem function of the Amazon Basin. For more information, visit

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