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Indigenous Community Leadership in Response to COVID-19: A Call to Action for the Philanthropic Sector

December 21, 2020

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been severe in tribal communities. As cases of infection increased over the last several months, particularly on tribal reservations in the Southwest, the public became even more aware of the grave community infrastructure inadequacies across Indigenous communities. These include challenges to small business and employment, lack of access to healthcare and supplies, and inadequate access to food and housing.This report analyzes philanthropic investments in response funds led by Indigenous people and communities, shares the perspectives of community leaders who organized these efforts, and provides key actions for the philanthropic sector to invest in a thriving and sustainable future for Indigenous communities.

Native American & Indigenous People Working in Philanthropy

November 1, 2020

Provides statistics on Native Americans in Philanthropy

Investing in Native Communities: Philanthropic Funding for Native American Communities and Causes

September 12, 2019

From 2002 to 2016, large U.S. foundations gave, on average, 0.4 percent of total annual funding to Native American communities and causes, although the Alaska Native and American Indian population represents 2 percent of the total U.S. population. This report provides the latest data on foundation funding for Native Americans, alongside important historical context that has contributed to the unique experiences and challenges Native Americans face today. The report also consolidates advice and feedback from philanthropic and Native leaders, who reflect on successful work and practices in partnering with Native organizations and communities.

Philanthropy Self-Assessment for Working with Tribal Communities

September 12, 2019

This self-assessment is a tool for you. Use it to determine where you are in your work with tribal communities, Native organizations, and Indigenous peoples, and to identify areas that can be strengthened as you move towards equity and effectiveness. This assessment is meant to spark internal discussion and aid in your organization's planning and visioning.

2018-2019 Strategic Framework: "Widening the Sacred Circle"

March 1, 2018

This strategic framework was developped to guide NAP's work through 2019. 

A Challenge to Philanthropy to Expand Health and Educational Opportunities for Native Youth

January 1, 2018

This briefing document is designed to identify recommendations to advance Native youth health and opportunities to learn through philanthropic investment, and inspire everyday actions that philanthropy can take to support Native peoples' most precious resource: their youth. 

The Indigenous Lifecourse: Strengthening the Health and Well-being of Native Youth

November 1, 2015

Traditionally, Native American societies were structured to ensure the optimal development of youth. Government and science are now catching up to acknowledge and find value in the traditional knowledge and systems that Native Americans have known since time immemorial; yet, were disrupted. This report expresses the urgency to return to Original Instructions, by protecting and promoting a holistic worldview, traditional knowledge and other significant protective factors that influence Native youth.

Investing to Prevent and End All Forms of Violence Against Native Women and Girls

November 1, 2015

Native women have to overcome more challenges to have an equal chance at life's opportunities free from violence in comparison to all other racial groups of women in the United States. Nationally, Native American women make up the group with the highest poverty rate, they are among the least likely to attain at least a bachelor's degree, and are the lowest to have health coverage in 2013.2 These factors position Native women as the most vulnerable and at highest risk to experience different forms of violence in their lifetime.

Native Voices Rising: A Case for Funding Native-led Change

April 1, 2013

Native American organizations face enormous challenges to their communities, their lands and environment, and their basic rights as Indigenous peoples. They face these challenges with limited support from the broad spectrum of America's philanthropic institutions. Far too many foundations simply give little to nothing at all in support of Native causes, a situation that requires corrective action designed to close the enormous gap between foundation giving and the needs of Native communities. The low level of charitable foundation funding (.3%) going to Native causes, and the need to garner more support for Native organizing and advocacy work, in particular, prompted the Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy to jointly sponsor this research project that is focused on Native organizations which undergird the following five movements: Environmental Justice, Subsistence in Alaska, Native Engagement in the Urban Context, Media and Voter Engagement. The organizations varied considerably in experience and the methods they use to pursue change. They fulfill many roles in their respective communities, such as: advocates, organizers, service providers, and community builders. A key role is that they serve as places where people can acquire knowledge and skills that enable them to assume leadership roles in the organization and in the community. Leadership development is essential to maintaining and advancing these movements. Most importantly, Native self-determination and sovereignty is reinforced through the work of these organizations. To accomplish these goals, three sets of data were compiled. First, Native organizations in the targeted movements were contacted to obtain basic information that could be used to write brief thumbnail sketches about their organizations that included mission statements, current organizing and advocacy efforts, and contact information. Second, in-depth interviews were conducted with approximately 10 organizational leaders in each of the five movements to build a deeper understanding of how the organizations pursue their organizing and advocacy agendas, and seek change in their communities. Third, case studies of ten exemplary organizations, two in each movement, were compiled to illustrate the magnitude of the work. Representatives of 501(c)3 organizations, organizations using fiscal agents, and a few tribal governments and village councils participated in the study. In total, 146 organizations responded. Representatives from 49 of these organizations gave more intensive, in-depth interviews. Thumbnail sketches of all 146 organizations, the 10 case studies, as well as contextual information about each movement are contained in the full report.

Native American Nonprofit Economy Report

March 31, 2013

This report documents nonprofit organizations in the state of Minnesota that are led by or administer programs for the benefit of American Indians. It identifies the economic impacts as well as strengths and challenges facing these organizations and the people they serve. The findings inform a set of recommendations to foundations and community leaders, nonprofit managers and board members in supporting those organizations and building more sustainable collaborations.

Foundation Funding for Native American Issues and Peoples

March 22, 2011

Over the past decade, U.S. foundation support benefiting Native Americans declined from 0.5 percent to 0.3 percent of total foundation giving. According to Foundation Funding for Native American Issues and Peoples, total grant dollars targeting Native Americans dropped 30.8 percent in the latest year, compared to a 14.1 percent overall downturn in foundation giving. This report was prepared by the Foundation Center with Native Americans in Philanthropy.

A Demographic Profile of Independently Incorporated Native American Foundations and Selected Funds in the United States

January 1, 2006

This report gives basic demographic information on 60 grantmaking entities grouped into three categories: 1) Native foundations that are independently incorporated; 2) 501c3 Native organizations; and 3) tribal funds. These categories capture the variety of Native controlled approaches currently at work in the field.