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Role of Philanthropy in Supporting Sustainable Indigenous Climate Solutions

One of the most pressing issues facing the philanthropic community is how to address the three planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental pollution. The triple crisis is impacting efforts across many issues including civil society and philanthropy efforts to meet The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with many SDGs targets at risk of not being reached by 2030. 
IFIP has been active in our advocacy role to elevate Indigenous Peoples' actions and voices in philanthropic initiatives that bring attention to the triple crises to other funders and PSOs. For instance, IFIP contributed to the final text of the International Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change, #PhilanthropyForClimate movement, and highlighted actions by Indigenous Peoples in the SDG Philanthropy Platform, an online collaboration platform with information on what funders are doing and real-time data on SDGs. 
According to the ILO Report, there are estimated to be 476.6 million Indigenous Peoples (IPs), covering approximately 25% of the world's terrestrial surface and holding 80 % of the planet's biodiversity. Indigenous Peoples globally are critical partners to philanthropy to address the triple crisis and to meet the SDGs Goals. Although Indigenous Peoples have the lowest global carbon footprint, Indigenous Peoples, especially Indigenous Women, Youth and elders, and Indigenous Persons with Disabilities, are disproportionately impacted by the triple crises. At the same time, numerous philanthropic, scientific, and UN reports cite the importance of partnerships with Indigenous Peoples to tackle climate change and the loss of biodiversity. Yet, Indigenous Peoples globally are underfunded, with Native Americans receiving less than 0.5 percent of philanthropic funding in the US and Indigenous Peoples receiving about 1.4 percent of global giving over five years.  
In this session, you will have the opportunity to hear directly and learn from Indigenous Led Funds, who will share their expertise and experience of partnering with philanthropy to address climate change and biodiversity loss. Participants will learn how funders can support long-term collaborations and build trust-based relationships with Indigenous organizations. The panelists will share how philanthropy can invest in addressing the triple crises by supporting Indigenous-led solutions and centering the priorities and rights of Indigenous communities in their funding. 

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 -
3:00pm to 4:15pm EDT
Lyceum/Carnegie/Alvin (5th Floor)