FEBRUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER
Cante Waste ya Nape Ciyu zape ye (“I shake your hand with a good heart” in Lakota). I am enjoying winter, which is probably surprising to some, but fitting since winter was often seen as a time to reflect for the Lakota. I am soaking up knowledge shared by Native and philanthropic organizations, seeking intersectionality among our work, and looking toward future collaborations across sectors for maximum impact.
One of the strategic directions we work is as an identity based affinity group for Native Americans, which means Native Americans in Philanthropy is often asked to be in philanthropic spaces to share Native voice, as well as to learn about specific initiatives funders are working on. We are often invited with our partners of Joint Affinity Groups (JAG), who will soon announce a name change to CHANGE Philanthropy. JAG was founded in 1993 as a network of collaborating affinity groups engaging over 20,000 professionals, who are committed to equity and social justice. The following organizations are members of JAG:
- Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)
- Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)
- Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)
- Funders for LGBTQ Issues
- Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP)
- Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP)
- Women’s Funding Network (WFN)
Another strategic avenue we support is educating funders. On January 27th, Political Research Associates and Rural Organizing Project brought together over 50 funders interested in learning about and counteracting these dangerous trends. NAP was asked to co-host a funders briefing on the armed occupation in Harney County, Oregon. The intent was to help funders understand the right-wing Patriot movement and its relationship to economic and political trends. The Patriot movement draws national attention by exploiting economic conditions and issues in the rural West. The current resurgence of right-wing paramilitaries draws on a long history, including the militias of the 1990s and more explicitly white supremacist predecessors. Often mainstream philanthropy is unaware of the original landowners, Native Americans and tribal rights. Our own Circle of Leadership Academy Alumni, Morning Star Gali, shared her work with Burns Paiute Tribe as a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for Pit River Tribe. She shared the Burns Paiute Tribe’s land claims, effects of the armed seizure on Native access and possible remedies. This briefing was co-hosted by Neighborhood Funders Group, UU Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, NAP, Social Justice Fund NW, Pride Foundation, and McKenzie River Gathering.
The California Wellness Foundation invited me to attend “#ENOUGH! Stop the Violence, Promote Wellness” in Los Angeles, CA on February 4th. This event brought together professors, practitioners, community leaders, media specialists, filmmakers, police representatives and politicians to share their perspective on violence. It was heartbreaking and inspiring to hear the stories. There is an intersectionality at the heart of gun violence…community wellness. We can make change for the seventh generation but it takes love, empathy and having those hard conversations to create partnerships that sometimes seem impossible. Judy Belk, CEO of The California Wellness Foundation, announced the launch of #ENOUGH fund in the spring for individuals and organizations that want to work together on these issues.
Lastly, as we look we toward to our Philanthropy Institute in San Diego, CA on May 25-27, we ask practitioners and philanthropy professionals to submit session proposals for inclusion in the conference program with specific interest around the topics of Impact, Advocacy, Civic Engagement and Economic Development.
Raising Impact With Native Voices
This conference will present insightful discussions focused on Impact, Advocacy, Civic Engagement and Economic Development. Check out our Agenda-at-a-Glance up on our website now. Be sure to register before March 1st, 2016 to get the Early Bird rates!
Call for Session Proposals
The Philanthropy Institute planning committee is seeking session proposals for inclusion in the conference program with specific interest around the topics of Impact, Advocacy, Civic Engagement and Economic Development. Read the guidelines for submissions here and Submit your proposals here. SHARE WITH YOUR NETWORKS! Presenter proposals are due on Tuesday, February 20 at 5 p.m CST.
2016 NAP Awards
Award Nominations are open! A committee will review each nominee and notify award recipients by April 6, 2015. The awards will be presented to the recipients on May 26th, 2016 at the Institute Gala. Registration for the Gala and more information to come!
Your Living Legacy
Please join us with LeMoine LaPointe in powerful community – based gatherings to cultivate a shared vision on building a healthy and sustainable Native community. Through on-going conversations, participants will harvest community gifts to design a map for a transformational foundation of trust and confidence that incorporates Native traditions and positive innovation that will be supported and uplifted by community action.
9:00am – 4:00pm Your Living Legacy Gathering
Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St E. St. Paul MN
Natve Voices Rising: A Community-Driven Model to Fund Native-Led Change
Native Voices Rising, a joint project of Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy, began with the intent to focus philanthropic attention on the need for more investment in, and sustained support for, grassroots community organizing and advocacy in American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. Read the full article here.
AISES Leadership Summit
AISES is excited to announce that the 2016 Leadership Summit will be held in Rochester, MN April 14-16. Serving as meeting hosts for the event this year are AISES partners IBM and the Mayo Clinic (Rochester Campus). AISES’ Leadership Summit is aimed at providing Native higher education students and AISES professionals with in-depth professional development workshops and networking opportunities. Multiple sessions will engage participants on such personal and professional development topics as “Maintaining Cultural Identity” to “Change Management: Managing Personal Change” and “Bridging Native Tradition within STEM.” More info here.
2016 American Express NGen Leadership Award
Independent Sector is delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the 2016 American Express NGen Leadership Award. Have you achieved significant impact in addressing society’s toughest challenges as a nonprofit leader age 40 or under? Know a next gen leader who has? Consider nominating yourself or others for this award, which includes a $3,000 leadership stipend and a spotlight on the main stage during the Independent Sector National Conference in November. Click here to find out more information or to nominate yourself or others. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, February 15.
11th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum CALL FOR PROPOSALS is now OPEN!
This year’s Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum will be held on Wednesday, June 29th in Spokane, Washington as a part of the NCAI Mid Year Conference. Cognizant of the one of the primary policy concerns for tribal leaders across the globe, and particularly in the Pacific Northwest, we are seeking proposals that address climate change–both in a specific and broad sense–and that allow us to work together to generate healthy, affirming climates for our precious peoples. Learn more here.
Northwest U.S. Treaty Tribes Fight Proposed Canada Oil Pipeline That Threatens Salish Sea
Representatives from four Northwest tribes argued against oil spill risks, destructive increases in oil tanker traffic, and threats to treaty-reserved fishing rights posed by project. Read the full article here.
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Donates $10,000 To Help Flint
The tribal government of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is reaching out to the people of Flint, Michigan. The tribe from Manistee is donating $10,000 to the Genesee County sheriff’s office to help in their recovery work. Tribal leaders say this is a time when Michiganders need to come together to help the people of Flint in any way we can. Little River reiterated their commitment to addressing the importance of water quality and how it’s is the most critical party to the cycle of life. Full article here.
Family Foundation Professionals Network: Diving into NCFP’s Trends Report – Issue Versus Place
February 25, 2016
Archibald and Edyth Bush Board Room, MCF, 800 Washington Ave N, Suite 703, Minneapolis, MN 55401
2016 Annual Council on Foundations Conference
Join us for the premier annual gathering of foundation leaders in the United States.
This year’s conference theme is The Future of Community – Identity. Purpose. Place.
Program Officer – Swift
Swift is hiring a full-time Program Officer! The Program Officer, based in the San Francisco Bay Area or greater region, manages relationships with grantee-partners within Swift’s international grant portfolio, assists the Executive Director with strategy, board support, and special projects. S/he will work both independently and in coordination with the Executive Director, board members, external consultants, and the family office. Visit here to apply.
Summer Internships – RWJF
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Summer Internship Program provides an opportunity for students in various disciplines to learn about health and health care issues facing our society and about how a career in philanthropy can make a difference. Apply here.
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Global Fundraising: How the World is Changing the Rules of Philanthropy edited by Penelope Cagney and Bernard Ross
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