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About IFIP

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is a recognized Affinity Group of the Council on Foundations.

We work to increase philanthropic investment in Indigenous communities around the world promoting cross-cultural understanding, sharing of knowledge, and the cultivation of relationships among international donors and Indigenous grant-seekers.

IFIP provides leadership, educational resources, and networking opportunities to donors who have developing or maturing interests in Indigenous Philanthropy.  IFIP helps individual and institutional donors at all stages of involvement and investment to advance their goals while becoming leaders and role models to others entering this fascinating and fast-changing sector of philanthropy.

Through conferences, convenings, online communications, publications, and toolkits, funders learn how Indigenous Peoples are addressing the most prescient issues of our day.  IFIP provides grantmakers and grantseekers with the means to bridge cultural differences; to improve the effectiveness of their Indigenous philanthropy, and to advance common interests.

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) was born in 1999 as a project of First Nations Development Institute. As grant-makers voiced their need for support to be more effective in funding Indigenous development projects, IFIP became a donors’ forum within which ideas could be exchanged and relationships developed.

Today, IFIP informs grantmakers and policy makers about the need for increased financial support of Indigenous causes; and provides a forum for Indigenous leaders to demonstrate how donors’ contributions make a tremendous difference to their capacity to improve lives, strengthen communities, and protect the planet.

IFIP serves as a platform through which new and experienced donors share ideas about visionary philanthropic leadership and donors’ roles in social change related to Indigenous peoples, communities, and concerns. IFIP provides international donors with relevant information, recommendations, and guidelines and offers a portal through which to connect directly with Indigenous grantseekers.


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