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Current Trends in Philanthropy (pdf)

The Sharing Circle
IFIP’s bi-annual report on projects and collaborations.

The Sharing Circle – 2014 (pdf)

The Sharing Circle  – Spring 2012 (pdf)

The Sharing Circle – Spring/Summer 2009

The Sharing Circle Spring/Summer 2008

The Sharing Circle – Fall/Winter 2006

The Sharing Circle –  Spring/Summer 2006

The Sharing Circle – Fall/Winter 2005

The Sharing Circle – Spring/Summer 2005

The Sharing Circle – Fall/Winter 2004

The Sharing Network
IFIP’s e-newsletter with listings of current events and opportunities to make connections.
Contents: Member Highlight | Member News | In the News | Reports & Articles |Events For Funders | Events For All


August 2014: HTML
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November 2013: PDF
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Fall/Winter 2008: PDF
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December 2007: HTML PDF
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December 2005: PDF HTML
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April 27, 2005: PDF HTML
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Press Releases

ICUN Press Release: “IFIP Attends World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, Spain”

IFIP organized first ever session focused on Indigenous Philanthropy at WINGS Forum in Bangkok.

IFIP 9th Annual Conference Report – Spring/Summer 2010

IFIP ’06 Conference a Success!
Read the Keynote speech of Phrang Roy, Assistant President on Special Assignment for Indigenous and Tribal Issues of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Read Phrang Roy’s speech at the IFIP Side Event at the United Nations Permanent Forum.

Linking Circles VI Annual Conference
IFIP successfully convened and celebrated its Sixth Annual Conference at Levi Strauss Foundation in San Francisco. View pictures from the ConferenceVideo Clip

National Funders Conference focuses on Indigenous Issues.

Indigenous Leaders Converge at the UN to Discuss Funding Challenges
Recommendations Will Improve Access to Funding Opportunities.

Philanthropic community responds to the importance of Indigenous issues
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples’ Linking Circles IV held it’s fourth annual meeting, “Transforming the Landscape of International Grantmaking for Indigenous Peoples” in New York City on May 19 and 20, 2005. The event coincided with the Annual United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Peoples.

Ford Foundation President Receives Inaugural Award Susan Berresford Recognized For Increasing Support To Indigenous Communities

FREDERICKSBURG, VA- On April 9th, Ford Foundation President Susan Berresford became the very first recipient of the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples Award for her leadership in increasing philanthropic support for international Indigenous development projects and communities.

“I am proud to have been at the Ford Foundation for over three decades in which several generations of staff and leadership all enthusiastically supported the voice and action of Indigenous Peoples around the world,” said Berresford.

To Read more about the IFIP Award “TRANSITION” and the artist click here for pdf

IFIP Recognizes the Swift Foundation for Pioneering Work With Traditional Cultures  Press Release (MS Word doc)

The Grantmaker’s Guide: Strengthening International Indigenous Philanthropy 
A new pioneering report from the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) that gathers research, case studies and experiences of those building momentum toward a new paradigm of collaboration. Order yours now!

FREE: The New Indigenous Peoples Funding and Resource Guide
For a pdf of the Resource Guide, please complete this order form online. If you prefer to purchase hard copies, download the order form (pdf)
and fax to (518) 358-9544 or call us at (518) 358-9500.

The Indigenous Peoples Funding and Resource Guide, which was developed in collaboration with International Funders for Indigenous Peoples and First Peoples Worldwide, has been distributed to hundreds of Indigenous communities and nonprofit organizations in both English and Spanish. The Funding and Resource Guide helps build the capacity for Indigenous communities to increase their participation as successful grant-seekers. It contains practical information that includes the elements of a proposal; how to conduct foundation research; useful research websites; glossary of fundraising terms; and information on more than 250 foundations, corporations, and government agencies who provide funding for Indigenous and grassroots projects.

Ken Wilson, Executive Director of Christensen Fund quotes:
“By enabling indigenous organizations worldwide to identify potential sources of grant funds this Guide beautifully addresses an important reason why foundations and indigenous people have so rarely been able to partner directly, despite the needs and opportunities. The Christensen Fund is distributing the Guide among its grantees around the world to help them identify foundation’s with common interests and to begin to diversify their funding. We would encourage other foundations to do likewise.”

The Guide contains seven primary sections:

1. Elements of a Proposal, provides a brief description of what a proposal contains and examples for each section.

2. Researching Foundations, provides a step-by-step guide on how to conduct foundation research.

3. Research Websites, provides information on various websites that can assist you in your fundraising endeavors.

4. Glossary of Terms, provides definitions of key words found in proposal guidelines, elements of a proposal and other important terms.

5. Foundation and Corporate Grantmakers Funding Indigenous People, contains funding organizations that directly fund Indigenous organizations and projects worldwide.

6. International Foundation and Corporate Grantmakers, includes philanthropic institutions that fund in various countries and regions of the world.

7. Index of Regions, contains an index of the various regions and countries and the page number within the Guide where information on the funder can be found for a particular country or region of the world.

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