FirstPeoples.org - Home

  HOME

  GRANTS
   Our Impact
   Grantee Highlights
   Application Guidelines
   Other Funding Sources
   Evaluation
   Grants Awarded 2016
   Grants Awarded 2015
   Grants Awarded 2014
   Grants Awarded 2013
   Grants Awarded 2012
   Grants Awarded 2011
   Grants Awarded 2010
   Grants Awarded 2009
   Grants Awarded 2008
   Grants Awarded 2007

  CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT
   Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC)
   First Peoples Corporate Monitor
   Building The Business Case
   Bridging Cultures

  SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTING

  
ABOUT US
   What We Do
   Staff
   Board of Directors
   Grantee Profiles

  WHO ARE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
   How Our Societies Work
   The Challenges We Face
   The Indigenous Movement

  NEWS & MEDIA
   Print
   Video
   Radio
   Other Resources

  CONTACT US


Tuesday July 5, 2016

Dear First Peoples Worldwide Community:

My entire life I have held the belief that Indigenous Peoples' ways of being provide answers to the problems societies face today. We have achieved what First Peoples Worldwide was created to do–create change, inspire the next seven generations and promote our mission to ensure the power is within our communities. I write you to share our successes and the news that First Peoples Worldwide plans to close over the course of this year.

We understand that this news may cause concern from our grantees and others who benefit from our technical assistance services. In keeping on this path, our board and staff are in agreement that the best way to continue this work is through strategic partnerships rather than a freestanding organization. Please know that we are also having conversations aimed at the continued existence of our Keepers of the Earth Fund. We are excited by these discussions, and will share information as we go along.

Throughout my career, I have focused on "building out" strategies and movements rather than "building up" organizations. Although First Peoples Worldwide has been a vehicle for empowering Indigenous objectives, the organization itself was never an objective. For the last decade, our Keepers of the Earth Fund has awarded more than $2.1 million in small grants to 579 communities in 62 countries. Approximately one-third of our grantees have never received funding before. This has enabled the flourishing of a global network of projects designed in accordance with the Indigenous definition of economic success – meeting the greatest number of needs for the greatest number of people.

While I will slow down, I will continue working with Indigenous Peoples to amplify our voices for self- determination and to build allies in social justice, human rights and women's movements. No words can describe the privilege it has been to spend my career working with Indigenous Peoples and witnessing firsthand the brilliance and resilience that drives our communities.

Truly, 
Rebecca Adamson 
Indigenous Economist 
Founder and President 
First Peoples Worldwide






Grants
Our Impact
Grantee Highlights
Application Guidelines
Other Funding Sources
Grants Awarded
Evaluation
Corporate Engagement
Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC)
First Peoples Corporate Monitor
Building The Business Case
Bridging Cultures
Socially
Responsible
Investing

About Us
What We Do
Staff
Board of Directors
Grantee Profiles
Who Are Indigenous Peoples
How Our Societies Work
The Challenges We Face
The Indigenous Movement
News & Media
Video
Radio
Other Resources

Contact Us

Facebook Twitter YouTube RSS

Subscribe to our mailing list

© First Peoples Worldwide | 877 Leeland Rd., Fredericksburg, VA 22405 | Phone: (540) 899-6545