April 2017 CEO Message

Dear Mitakuyapi (“Relatives” is a traditional greeting in the Lakota language),

Cante Waste ya Nape Ciyu zape ye (“I shake your hand with a good heart”). In Lakota philosophy, we believe we are all related. I also believe our solutions are also related. With that wholistic foundation, we at Native Americans in Philanthropy have engaged in innovative philanthropic practices by partnering with celebrity influencers and utilizing social media as a tool to raise visibility of our untold history, as well as highlighting of best practices in movement building partnerships through our regional convenings and our annual summit.

#GenIndigenous Regional Convenings
We invite funders to join our upcoming #GenIndigenous Regional Convenings in partnership with My Brother’s Keeper. These convenings highlight non-profits serving native youth and provide philanthropy an opportunity to engage with innovative and culturally appropriate approaches to improve lives and opportunities for Native youth. At each convening, we’ll feature lightning sessions from local Native nonprofits who have had success in tackling gaps and disparities by building on community assets through traditional knowledge, well-being and resilience, advocacy, workforce development, environment, health, juvenile justice and leadership development. Join us in San Francisco for the Northern California Regional Convening on April 18 or in Seattle, Washington on April 28th for the Northwest Regional Convening.

#GenIndigenous Response Fund
Recently we were happy to announce ten grantees for our #GenIndigenous Response Fund. The fund provides grants up to $5,000 to Native youth organizing groups. The grants go to organizations playing leadership roles in movements like Standing Rock and supports long term engagement in advocacy efforts. We were able to provide a total of $50,000 to the following organizations:

  • Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
  • Dream of Wild Health
  • Little Colorado River Watershed Chapters Association
  • Lummi Youth Canoe Family
  • Native Nations Institute
  • Nature Rights Council
  • Sacred Pipe Resource Center
  • Selfridge High School Student Government & Missouri River Education Cooperative collaboration
  • Standing Rock Community High School Close Up program
  • Spark*San Francisco Public Schools

Read more about the grantees here.

Invisible No More
Finally, we have been busy gearing up for our annual philanthropy summit “Invisible No More: Native Movement Building” on May 6th in Los Angeles, California. This day-long event will take place at the Underground Museum in Los Angeles bringing together national and global movements to discuss youth advocacy, narrative change strategies, lessons from Standing Rock, best practices, and other major issues and innovations in Indian Country. The event will also highlight potential spaces for collaboration and use social capital to support community-led solutions. We are so grateful to our co-sponsors: The California Endowment, Partnerships for Purpose, Friends at Work, and Harness and our co-hosts: Dr. Bob Ross of The California Endowment, Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas, Twila True, America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams, Max & Vicki Kennedy, Ty Stiklorius, Heather Rae, Ernie Stevens, Jr., Rachel Kropa, Cookie Parker, and Holly Cook Macarro.

#GenIndigenous Giving Circle
Our May 6 event will also help to support NAP’s #GenIndigenous Response Fund through a donation campaign to continue the support of Native youth organizing and advocacy efforts. Each donation made to the #GenIndigenous Response Fund will become a part of NAP’s first ever #GenIndigenous Giving Circle.

Once again, I am so grateful to be able to do this incredible work with all of you. Thank you for all you do to support our tribal communities and please let me know if I can help you in any way. I hope to see you at an upcoming event!

Wopila,

Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO
Native Americans in Philanthropy

NAP CEO Sarah Eagle Heart

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