Friends & Allies

The following organizations represent some of the entities that support the Circle in many ways, shapes and forms. They all help to innovatively link the world of philanthropy with that of Indigenous peoples in Canada and move forward the goals of the Circle.

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP)

An affinity group of the Council on Foundations and based in Akwesasne, NY. IFIP was formed to provide a venue for communications and resource sharing among international funders of Indigenous peoples, and a voice for increased, dedicated funding for international Indigenous initiatives. It publishes an Indigenous Peoples Funding and Resource Guide, available for purchase.

First Nations Development Institute

With the support of individuals, foundations, corporate and tribal donors, First Nations Development Institute improves economic conditions for Native Americans through technical assistance & training, advocacy & policy, and direct financial grants in five key areas: Financial & Investor Education, Native American Business & Asset Development, Combating Predatory Lending, Strengthening Native American Nonprofits andNative Foods & Health.

Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP)

Promotes, facilitates and celebrates philanthropic giving to Native communities from both Native and non-Native donors. NAP also provides professional development opportunities and support for Native Americans working in the field of philanthropy. Although US-focused, a number of their many resources and publications could be of value to Canadians working on these issues.

Philanthropy Australia – Indigenous Affinity Group

Formed last year, this is the first affinity group to be formed under Philanthropy Australia, the umbrella organization for all Australian grant-making foundations.
Statement of purpose (PDF file)
PhilanthopyWiki topic – Indigenous Australians

The following networks and umbrella organizations support foundations in Canada…

Community Foundations of Canada (CFC)

CFC is the membership organization for Canada’s vibrant and growing network of 164 community foundations.

Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC)

PFC is a national membership organization for Canada’s independent, grantmaking foundations. It promotes the growth and development of effective and responsible foundations and organized philanthropy in Canada through provision of membership services, resources and advocacy.

Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network (CEGN)

CEGN is a network of over 50 organizations working to expand the scope and effectiveness of grantmaking in support of the Canadian environment.