The mission of International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP), the only global donor affinity group dedicated to Indigenous Peoples worldwide, is to foster Indigenous solutions and partnerships among Indigenous Peoples and funders around the globe.
2023: The Channel Foundation made a general operating grant to International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) to support their mission to foster Indigenous solutions and partnerships among Indigenous Peoples and funders around the globe. IFIP works to transform relationships between the funding world and Indigenous Peoples to one of mutual understanding and benefit.
IFIP has been particularly focused on increasing and improving the quantity and quality of funding going to support Indigenous women’s leadership and organizing work. In the coming year, IFIP will “organize virtual dialogues with indigenous women organizations to inform a road map for funding to share with IFIP members, women’s funds, and feminist funders in an ongoing effort to form closer collaboration and nurture strong partnerships with a diverse group of Indigenous women organizations.” In addition, IFIP’s recently commissioned Global Funding Landscape to Indigenous Peoples research will be accompanied by an ancillary report focused on funding for Indigenous Women.
Ultimately, “in allyship and solidarity with the Indigenous women’s movement – IFIP is expanding and deepening [their] relationship with Indigenous women global/regional organizations, networks, and forums.”
2018: The Channel Foundation made a grant to International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) to support the launch of a peer learning and collaborative funder’s space focused on Indigenous Women and their inclusion across issues and movements. The Working Group will provide a dedicated space for funders to hear directly from Indigenous Women and to grow and strengthen partnerships that respect and incorporate Indigenous Women’s individual and collective rights.
The IFIP Indigenous Women’s Working Group will hold dialogues and meeting spaces where women’s funders and funders interested in funding Indigenous Peoples can learn from each other and strategize around values-based approaches to funding Indigenous Women.
IFIP is the only global donor affinity group dedicated solely to Indigenous peoples around the world. Since their founding, IFIP has built momentum toward a new movement in philanthropy that recognizes Indigenous communities as high-impact investments. IFIP has long had a commitment to increasing and improving funding for Indigenous women.
Channel has been a long time member of IFIP and helped support the report that they co-authored along with AWID and FIMI. The 2016 report, “A Call to Action: Insight into the status of Funding for Indigenous Women’s Groups” provided a first-of-its kind snapshot of the funding landscape for Indigenous women’s organizing.