JULY/AUGUST 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”). This has been an incredible month of growth and opportunity for Native Americans in Philanthropy. We are opening a new office in Los Angeles at The California Endowment and we just received news that I am the 2017 recipient of the American Express NGen Leadership Award!
I could not be more honored to receive this recognition representing Native Americans in Philanthropy and the work I have done in partnership with so many incredible individuals and organizations. This award is not just about me, but I consider this award a recognition for Indian Country. My world view as an Oglala Lakota has informed every part of my work today. I am here because I stand on the shoulders of my elders and ancestors. The only reason I do what I do is because of love for tribe and community, as I was taught to help my people is the most important accomplishment.
Independent Sector is thrilled to announce that Sarah Eagle Heart, Oglala Lakota, CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy is the recipient of the 2017 American Express NGen Leadership Award.
National Funder Strategy Call
NAP invites all funders interested in learning and/or sharing how their foundations are engaging Native American issues to join us for our next National Funder Strategy Call.
NAP is growing!
We’re growing! Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) is excited to announce the opening of an office in Los Angeles, California! Working with the Minneapolis office, this addition will bring many new and exciting opportunities to engage more closely to the work happening on the ground and to strengthen our national outreach. Together, these offices will continue building connections between grantmakers and Native organizations and communities by engaging and educating philanthropic leaders about the issues facing Native communities across the country. Two offices will also increase NAP’s visibility, activity, and accessibility to different movements and our network of members, partners, and allies.
To better serve the network, we are also expanding our team! We are looking for great people to join our work in promoting reciprocity and investment in, with and for Native peoples to build healthy and sustainable communities. We encourage highly motivated, talented, and dynamic individuals to apply for the following position at our new L.A. office: Program Manager. Help us find the right candidates by spreading the word! Share with your networks and encourage anyone you think may be interested to apply.
SAVE THE DATE: October Northern California Funder Tour with The California Endowment
In the far northwest corner of California, Del Norte County is home to redwood forests, pristine coastline and 4 federally recognized tribes. As one of The California Endowment’s (TCE) 14 Building Healthy communities sites, come visit a place-based initiative just over the half way mark with the goal of creating health equity. What can building youth and people power look like in rural and Tribal contexts? In a community with limited access to resources, grappling with educational inequities across race and socio-economics, there is a story of hope and power building as youth and families come together to build meaningful relationships and create systems change. Through the work of Generation Indigenous (#GenIndigenous), together we can elevate key issues and address the pressing needs of Native youth with culturally comprehensive approaches. Join NAP and TCE this October 5-7th for our #GenIndigenous Funder Tour in Northern California. Watch nativephilanthropy.org for registration details.
Register for CHANGE Philanthropy’s Unity Summit
Resist. United to resist forces of injustice, intolerance, and prejudice; the promotion of inequitable practices and policies. Supporting real structural and institutional CHANGE by shifting philanthropy energy and efforts towards a more inclusive and just society.
Protect. Secure, invest, preserve and protect the power, advocacy and lived experiences of diverse communities against infringement. Honoring gifts and cultivating qualities of individuals to expand human capital for social impact to lead movements that advance CHANGE through equity.
Join the #MovementofMovements to build power across communities and relive the summit and celebration with us here.
Invisible No More: Native Movement Building 2017
“We are not a racial category. We are citizens of sovereign nations.” Watch as we discuss Native American and Indigenous Peoples history, rights, and issues here. Featuring footage from the 2017 Women’s March on Washington and Indigenous Women Rise.
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