Funding for Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support

Funding for Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support

Although indigenous issues cut across many program areas, including culture, education, health, and sustainable development, most funders that currently support indigenous communities do so through their environmental, human rights, and international development programs, a report from GrantCraft, a service of Foundation Center, in partnership with International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, finds. Based on more than two dozen interviews with grantmakers, a survey, and a literature review, the report, Funding for Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support (40 pages, PDF), found that funders employ a variety of strategies, including direct giving, intermediaries, long-term investments, and indigenous control of philanthropic resources to support indigenous communities. Funded by the Christensen Fund, the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, the Ford Foundation, the HBH Fund, the LUSH Cosmetics Charity Pot, and Oak Foundation, the report outlines program and operational strategies as well as tools for partnering with indigenous communities. Recommendations include asking peer organizations for advice, conducting a landscape assessment, broadening access to funding programs, educating staff, and emphasizing the "four Rs" of indigenous philanthropy — respect, reciprocity, responsibility, and relationships.

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