MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER
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”). Happy Women’s History Month! It has been an incredible few weeks sharing the work of Native Americans in Philanthropy and Indigenous Women Rise with amazing leaders engaged in utilizing their platforms to support cross movement building.
Last month, I participated in the “Visibility Panel” at HARNESS, an organization founded by America Ferrera, Ryan Piers Williams and Wilmer Valderrama. It was an incredible day of conversation and a day of action with leaders from the LGBTQ, Muslim, Latino, Native American and Black communities to power change.
Read the full CEO Message here.
#GenIndigenous Regional Funder Convenings – April, 2017
At our Regional Convenings, Funders will have the opportunity to engage directly with NAP and our Generation Indigenous (#GenIndigenous) work that aims to increase investments in Native American communities at the regional and national level. In partnership with My Brother’s Keeper and The California Endowment, these convenings will amplify innovative and culturally appropriate approaches to improve lives and opportunities for Native youth. Our first convenings will be held in San Francisco and Seattle in April. Register today!
We invite Native-led and Native-driven nonprofits to join us for our #GenIndigenous Regional Convenings to present on your organization and the important work you’re doing to strengthen the health and well-being of Native youth.Apply here by March 27th.
Indigenous Women Rise will join the Native Nations March next week in Washington, DC. Keep an eye on the Indigenous Women Rise Facebook page for all the latest information.
Community of Practice Webinar: Coordinating Strategy as a Community of Practice Serving Native Youth
In the nonprofit world, foundations are recognizing that philanthropy needs focus on learning systems in order to fully leverage funded projects. But others are seeking peer-to-peer connections and learning opportunities with or without the support of institutions. This includes regional and tribal economic development, within urban, rural and reservation communities, focused on Native youth development, as well as inter-organizational learning with communities gathering from various regions. NAP’s Community of Practice will provide those peer-to-peer learning opportunities. This April session will collect shared experiences and best practices working with Native youth and will solidify the group’s resource sharing strategies they selected in the survey. Register here.
Thank you to America Ferrera, Ryan Piers Williams & Wilmer Valderrama of Harness for featuring NAP as a #30DayofAction spotlight organization to fund! Harness aims to ensure that the policies, representatives, and orders of the new administration represent our ideals, values, and protect our more vulnerable communities. Share with your networks!
Native American Women: “Original Resisters and Ultimate Survivors”
In the sea of pink pussy hats, waves of cornflower blue folded through the Women’s March on Washington, the day after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as president. Read the full article here.
Less than 0.3% of philanthropic dollars go to Native groups. This fact was pointed out at Philanthropy New York’s event, “Invisible No More: Native Realities in a Post-Election Era” by Schott Foundation Vice President of Programs and Advocacy Edgar Villanueva. Alongside Edgar were Native Americans in Philanthropy CEO Sarah Eagle Heart, American Indian Law Alliance President and Executive Director Betty Lyons, and moderator Patricia Eng, who is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at The New York Women’s Foundation. Learn more about the event here.
Indigenous Women Rise: We Exist, We Resist, We Rise
Join us for our March National Funder Strategy Call on March 28th at 1PM EST to hear updates about how foundations are engaging with issues surrounding Standing Rock and supporting current movements centered around Native American and Indigenous issues. Register here.
Philanthropists need to stand with the most vulnerable and marginalized
NCRP journal highlights ways that foundations and wealthy donors can help defend equity, justice and democracy during the Trump administration. Read more here.
Google pledges $11.5M to fight racial bias in policing, sentencing
Google is handing out $11.5 million in grants to organizations combating racial disparities in the criminal justice system, double what it has given so far. Read more here.
In a Navajo Nation Town, Student Coders Step Up
Like a lot of teenagers, Amber Henderson, 16, wanted to go to New York City. Specifically, last spring, she wanted to attend a summer computer coding immersion program in New York for teen girls. But, also like a lot of teenagers, she couldn’t. Amber’s family was wary about sending her 2,000 miles away from her home in Shiprock, New Mexico, a small town named after a nearby rocky peak in the Navajo Nation’s northeastern corner. Read more here.
Indigenous Women Rise: International Women’s Day
Wednesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day 2017! Indigenous Women Rise (IWR) is celebrating all the phenomenal women out there and joining the movement to #BeBoldforChange! Read more from Native News Online here.
Bridging Funders and Communities in the Trump Era: CHANGE Partner Briefing
Online | March 9, 2017
As a new Administration sets its policy agenda in motion, vulnerable communities across the country are moving to protect themselves from attack and build power across differences. Join a briefing with the coalition partners of CHANGE Philanthropy who help funders build and strengthen bridges with marginalized communities.
Community of Practice: Coordinating Strategy as a Community of Practice Serving Native Youth
Online | April 6, 2017
This April session will collect shared experiences and best practices working with Native youth and will solidify the group’s resource sharing strategies they selected in the survey.
Northwest #GenIndigenous Regional Convening
Seattle, WA | April 28
Funders are invited to join us at the Seattle Foundation to connect with our #GenIndigenous work and local Native youth programs.
Creatively funding social movements
How can foundations be more flexible in supporting grassroots groups and leaders? What are some creative approaches to meeting the increasingly urgent need for philanthropy to support frontline advocacy and organizing for justice? Read the full NCRP blog here.
New resource from our CHANGE Philanthropy partner ABFE
Investment in Black-led social change a “moral imperative.” The Case for Funding Black-Led Social Change. Visit blacksocialchange.org for more information.
Office of Minority Health announces the funding opportunity entitled MYVP II to support innovative approaches to significantly reduce the prevalence and impact of youth violence among racial and ethnic minority and/or disadvantaged at-risk youth. Read about the opportunity here.
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