Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples

Bolstering Indigenous Philanthropy

aka International Funders for Indigenous Peoples Inc.

San Francisco, CA


Our Mission is to foster Indigenous solutions and partnerships among Indigenous Peoples and funders around the globe. International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) seeks to transform the relationship between the funding world and Indigenous Peoples to one of mutual understanding and benefit. IFIP recognizes the urgent need for solutions that are led and understood by Indigenous Peoples not only to improve lives in Indigenous communities but also as a resource for solving social, economic and environmental challenges around the world for everyone. IFIP is led by funders and Indigenous leaders to advance philanthropy that better values, supports, and partners with Indigenous communities.

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Executive Director

Lourdes Inga

Main Address

PO Box 29184

San Francisco, CA 94129 USA


Indigenous, International, education, partnerships





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

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IFIP seeks to promote and increase the amount of support and funding Indigenous Peoples receive. Currently, they receive less than 2/100 of one percent of total giving from US Foundations, making Indigenous philanthropy still a significantly underserved area. At the same time, Indigenous Peoples are invaluable partners in solving many of today’s complex problems like climate change, conservation, and sustainable management of natural resources.

To address this, IFIP serves as a bridge between donors and Indigenous Peoples. For donors, IFIP provides leadership, educational resources, networking opportunities, and most importantly, offers a portal through which to connect directly with Indigenous grantseekers. For Indigenous leaders, IFIP creates a forum for these leaders to demonstrate how donors’ contributions make a tremendous difference to their capacity to improve lives, strengthen communities, and protect the planet.

As an information clearinghouse, IFIP uses diverse communications platforms to raise awareness and disseminate lessons learned and best practices. This is done through IFIP’s programmatic work of webinars, briefings, regional meetings and conferences. IFIP also distributes an annual newsletter, monthly enewsletters, and utilizes social media. Additionally, IFIP will create outreach strategies to reach donors whose program areas do not officially fund Indigenous Peoples and educate them about cross-program impact of working with these communities.

In addition to IFIP’s membership of foundations and NGOs, IFIP works to advocate on Indigenous philanthropy at key meetings around the world including the International Human Rights Funders Group Conference, EDGE Funders Alliance Conference, Environmental Grantmakers Association conference and National Bioneers Conference.

IFIP has also produced funding guides for Indigenous Peoples and donors including Indigenous Peoples Funding and Resource Guide which is the only tool of its kind; Grantmaker’s Guide: Strengthening International Indigenous Philanthropy the very first report for donors that gives an overview of the importance of funding in Indigenous communities; and A Funder’s Toolkit: Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples a tool to support and strengthen the work of funders in the implementation of the UNDRIP.

IFIP uses a variety of metrics to determine progress. The first is to look at the growth in membership, as IFIP is a membership based organization. The second is based on participant surveys in evaluation of IFIP’s regional meetings and conferences. Lastly, IFIP continually tracks changes in international Indigenous philanthropy over the years based on reported trends and through collaborations that directly result from IFIP events.

IFIP has had a major impact in International Indigenous Philanthropy. It is the only organization in the world solely dedicated to this issue. Since IFIP’s founding, international giving to Indigenous communities has increased to more than $200 million. Donors regularly attribute IFIP events to new collaborations with Indigenous communities around the world. However, since funds to Indigenous communities are still less than .01 percent of total global giving, IFIP has a mandate to continue its essential work.

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International Funders for Indigenous Peoples

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