Established in 1999, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) grew out of 21 years of work by First Nations Development Institute promoting Native American self-determination and economic self-reliance. It is an affinity group of the Council on Foundations consisting of almost 200 grantmakers that support or are interested in supporting Indigenous projects worldwide.
IFIP’s primary mission is to expand and increase the effectiveness of grantmaking to support Indigenous development efforts across the world. It does this by actively facilitating dialogue both among its grantmaking members, both new and experienced donors, and between them and Indigenous communities. It thus acts as a forum within which funders can increase knowledge and understanding of the unique issues faced by Indigenous peoples and exchange ideas and experiences with their peers. Through workshops, the annual members’ roundtable, research reports, a twice-yearly newsletter called The Sharing Circle, and other regular communications, IFIP will continue to develop this unique network, built around skills and knowledge relevant to Indigenous philanthropy.
Membership to IFIP is currently free to grantmakers, though members are encouraged to contribute.