The Indie Philanthropy Initiative was created by Kindle Project in 2014 and became its own independent project in 2016. Indie Philanthropy Initiative (IPI) is the response to a call for more communication, collaboration and movement-building among philanthropic innovators, who can feel isolated or marginalized in mainstream philanthropy. We broadcast resources on the countless ways to give outside-the-box with an emphasis on the wisdom and creativity of players in the field. We support various peer learning environments and opportunities for collaboration, we are not doing this alone!  

Indie Philanthropy is a movement of funders who are creatively disrupting the status quo of funding.

Indie Philanthropists are looking closely not just at WHAT gets funded, but also WHO makes decisions and HOW funding is done. We care about philanthropic culture–and want the WAY we give to mirror the healthier world we seek.

On the growing edges of the field, many of us are funding innovation that is often overlooked by mainstream funders. These risk-takers are shifting our culture, our institutions and our planet toward bold, vibrant solutions. To drive experimentation, we are embracing unconventional tools to support hard-to-reach emerging visionaries and welcoming ‘failure’ as part of learning.

The Indie Philanthropy Initiative is a network and a home for this movement. We tell the stories of the philanthropists that are pushing the boundaries. We synthesize the lessons from these stories in order to share tools that can be used by people who want to learn how to join the movement.  All this is done through our programs and our consulting

While more than half of our budget is met through earned income from contracts and collaborations, private donations are the essential glue of IPI. We aim to raise $10,000 by Dec 31 to be able to launch 2018 at full speed. The generous support we receive is what fuels our ability to be responsive to requests from the field, broaden the reach of IPI consulting offerings, update our online resources, and continue to be a voice for change in the philanthropic sector. We need you!

The impact of your dollars will be exponential - the money we raise for Indie Philanthropy will ultimately lead to:  

  • Reaching a broad spectrum of emerging Indie Philanthropists through our workshops and trainings

  • Broadening our consulting offerings to allow IPI’s expertise to inform and support values-aligned giving. 

  • Allowing IPI staff to attend essential conferences, gatherings and trainings to help share our resources and build a stronger network. 

  • Keeping our website updated with new stories and useful resources. 

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