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Connecting Communities - Sharing Knowledge - Building a Common Future

November 2007

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The pyramid, El Cerrito, is similar in size to the Pyramid of the Moon in Teotihuacán, A visit to El Cerrito along with a Friendship Ceremony with the local Otomi people will be part of the agenda. Additional optional site visits include; Sierra Gorda, Amealco, El Bothe, Cadereyta and Oaxaca.


Se:kon/Greetings IFIP Friends,

I trust that this month’s e-newsletter, The Sharing Network, finds you in good health as we all prepare for the upcoming holiday season. It has been a busy and rewarding year for many of us. It’s hard to believe that we are close to the end of another year and IFIP’s first regional convening, Awakening Consciousness & Forming Alliances: Indigenous Peoples and Philanthropy, is now less than two months away.


As many of you know, IFIP has once again been busy traveling during the past few months. IFIP shared the Mexico & Central American Conference info at the Centro Mexicano para la Filantropia (CEMEFI) Annual Conference,and at the first –ever session on Indigenous funding called “Comunidades Indigenas: Espacio para la inversion social,” held in Mexico City earlier this month, where nearly 30 Mexican foundations atended. The interest and excitement is building amongst Mexican and US donors for our groundbreaking event.


I look forward to seeing you in January at our Mexico & Central American Regional Convening. If you haven’t already registered, please take a few minutes to reserve your space today. Take this opportunity to complete the registration form to enjoy this historical event, as well as participate in the optional site visits to Sierra Gorda,  Amealco, El Bothe, Cadereyta or Oaxaca.  There will also be a musical performance, visit to the pyramid of El Cerrito, funders-only sessions and other exciting events.


Many wishes to you and your families for the holiday season!



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



·    “More Than Grantmaking: A First Look at Foundations’
Direct Charitable Activities”

·    “International Grant Making: Funding with A Global View”

·    “doCip-Update 76”

·    Environmental Grantmakers Association Journal, Fall 2007



·    NOVA Travel Fund

·   COF International Committee: Call For Nominations

·    2008-2009 International King Baudouin Development Prize


·    Mexico and Central American Regional Convening


·    UN Climate Change Conference Funders Delegation

·    International Human Rights Funders Group
Semi-Annual Meeting

·   Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group

·    Change Action Partners Strategy Session

·    Council on Foundations: A Leadership Summit

·    Grantmakers Without Borders 8th Annual Conference


“More Than Grantmaking: A First Look at
Foundations' Direct Charitable Activities

-Foundation Center
(click to download)

“International Grant Making: Funding
with a Global View”

(click to download)

“doCip‑Update 76”
-Indigenous Peoples’ Centre for Documentation,
Research and Information

(click to download)

Environmental Grantmakers Association Journal,
Fall 2007

(click to download)


NOVA Travel Fund

The NOVA Travel Fund (Fondo NOVA-Viajes) makes grants of up to $1,500 to help base-level activists from Latin America and the Caribbean attend regional conferences and meetings.


For more information, click here (Spanish).

Council on Foundations International Committee
Call For Nominations

The Council on Foundations seeks nominations to fill soon-to-be vacant positions on its International Committee. The committee seeks members who are committed to its goals of assisting the Council in building and extending the field of international philanthropy and increasing the field’s effectiveness. Self-nominations are welcome. The committee meets twice a year. New committee members will begin their two-year terms on July 1, 2008. The terms are renewable once. Deadline for nominations is December 31. Download a nomination form [word] or contact Isabelle Mack at Isabelle.Mack@cof.org or 202/467-0435 with questions.

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.


Mexico and Central American Regional Convening
Awakening Consciousness & Forming Alliances:
Indigenous Peoples & Philanthropy

January 18-19, 2008
Querétaro, México

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) Invites you to our first international gathering! Join donors as we gather together with indigenous leaders to learn about current issues facing the region: immigration, local migration, cross-border issues, language, culture, preservation of traditions, bio-cultural diversity and more.

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples invites you to REGISTER TODAY for your opportunity to explore new ways to build true partnerships; discuss examples of best donor practices; and help increase awareness of the cultural, environmental and other important global issues Indigenous communities are experiencing throughout Mexico and Central America.

Register today to reserve your space!

The regional convening will include three main tracks to better assist donors in learning about particular areas of interest. Tracks are designed to provide a deeper understanding and knowledge of Indigenous philanthropy on the following topics: Methodologies and Effective Strategies, Cultural Identity and Globalization, and Indigenous Rights: Policy and Practice. The event will also feature a Funders-Only Session that will provide specific recommendations and guidelines for donor portfolios, as well as Optional Pre-Conference and Post-Conference Site Visits. Space is limited, so register early!  There will also be a movie night, cultural performances and other exciting events.



United Nations Climate Change Conference
Funders Delegation

December 9-14, 2007
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

This delegation will offer funders concerned about climate change and about sustainable development a unique opportunity to observe negotiations on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, to meet with key government and non-government officials involved in these debates, and to deepen their relationships with other philanthropists concerned with these crucial issues. For more information, contact Denise Lee, Tel: +44 (207) 399-4970, or email: d.lee@khemkafoundation.org. Or, contact Mark Randazzo, Tel: (415) 642-6022 or email: mark@fntg.org.

International Human Rights Funders Group
Semi-Annual Meeting

Human Rights and Natural Resources

January 28-29, 2008
San Francisco, California

The ability to exercise human rights depends in part on the availability of finite resources. As privatization of natural resources increases, questions of ownership and access have become crucial. Strategies for economic development clash with human rights values. The failure of governments to provide access to land and natural resources often leads to war, migration, poverty and sickness. The denial of access to land and natural resources almost always disproportionately impacts women and indigenous communities. For more information, Catherine Townsend, Tel: (212) 609-2631, email: info@ihrfg.org, or click here.


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.

Change Action Partners
Strategy Session

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.

Council on Foundations
Philanthropy's Vision: A Leadership Summit

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.

Grantmakers Without Borders
8th Annual Conference

Just Giving: Global Social Change Philanthropy

June 8-10, 2008
San Francisco, California

As in years past, the bulk of workshops at Gw/oB's annual conference will be selected through a competitive Call for Sessions. This year, Gw/oB is looking for quality workshops falling under two broad categories:

1.        Grantmaking Practice

2.     Social Justice Issues as They Relate to Climate Change
and Natural Resource Depletion.

Global grantmakers and their partners and grantees have much to teach and share. We warmly encourage you to consider submitting a workshop proposal for Gw/oB's 2008 conference.

The deadline for workshop submissions is December 3rd.
Click here for the Call for Sessions (MS Word file)



Indigenous Peoples Funding and Resource Guide
Members receive
30% discount!
click to order


Begin or Renew Your Membership!

Download Form



Biofuels Can Hurt
the Poor

(Brussels) Oxfam has expressed unease about how poor farmers are being driven from the land to make way for biofuel plantations. In a recent report, it cited UN estimates that 60 million indigenous people are at risk of being uprooted. more...



State Accused of Violating Rights of Rural Poor


(Paraguay) Civil Society groups are attempting to persuade a United Nations expert committee to investigate allegations of rights violations of peasant farmers and Indigenous Peoples. more...



Government Defies
Indigenous Rights


(Melbourne) Australia’s opposition to the UN General Assembly declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, passed is September, is indicative of the country’s continued approach to domestic policies. more...



Executive Director
Urgent Action
for Women’s
Human Rights


UAF provides financial support to women’s human rights defenders worldwide, supports groundbreaking research to develop feminist agendas, and promotes global women’s issues internationally.


For more information, click here.

Program Officer
for Latin America/Caribbean
The Global Fund
for Children
(Washington, DC)

GFC advances the dignity of young people around the world through its grantmaking program, which funds community-based organizations that serve the health, rights and development of children and youth.


For more information, click here.

Grants Administrator
New Field Foundation (San Francisco)

New Field Foundation contributes to the creation of a peaceful and equitable world by supporting women and their families to overcome poverty, violence, and injustice in their communities.

For more information, click here.

Services Director

Environmental Grantmakers Association
(New York)

Responsibilities include promoting EGA programming
to members through communications
and networking; strategizing and implementing member-initiated networking and peer-learning activities; and managing the creation of membership branding, communications and outreach materials.


For more information, click here.


Film Festival


Native American and worldwide indigenous film makers are invited to submit entries

produced by or about indigenous peoples for the second annual Northwest Indigenous

Film Festival.


For more information, contact Susan Balbas, sbalbas@earthlink.net


Echoing Green Fellowship

Echoing Green will award 20 two-year fellowships, up to $90,000 each, to entrepreneurs in seed funding and technical support to turn their ideas into sustainable organizations.


For more information,
click here.



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