#GenIndigenous Response Fund awards ten grantees

Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) is excited to announce the first round of Generation Indigenous (#GenIndigenous) Response Fund grantees! The #GenIndigenous Response Fund was established in December 2016 in support of youth organizing and activism responding to current movements, such as Standing Rock, in ways that build long-term power for Native American youth.

“Standing Rock was a Ferguson-like moment for the Native American community, and we encourage Native youth to draw on their Indigenous cultures, experiences and worldview as tools for social change. Native Americans are often marginalized or excluded, even in ‘woke’ circles and spaces, so we center our movement work around Native youth leaders, their issues and priorities, so efforts are truly inclusive and intersectional,” said Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO of NAP. “We are weaving the important work of Generation Indigenous, My Brother’s Keeper, men and boys of color, and women and girls of color together so these equity platforms can reflect all of our communities for the long term, and this fund is a means for us to support this work through grassroots nonprofits.”

The #GenIndigenous Initiative was first launched by the Obama administration in 2014 to focus on improving the lives of Native youth by removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed. NAP was first brought on as a partner for #GenIndigenous in 2016 for the philanthropic eventGeneration Indigenous: Raising Impact with Innovation and Proven Strategies at the White House. This event called upon the philanthropic community to take action to elevate key issues and to address the pressing needs of Native youth with culturally comprehensive approaches to ensure all Native youth reach their full potential. In recognizing the need to bridge funders and youth organizers, NAP has continued the #GenIndigenous work through webinars, Regional Convenings, and the #GenIndigenous Response Fund.

R.T. Rybak, President and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation, stated, “Our future depends on the advocacy and vision of young people who care about their communities and are already working hard to advance social justice. That’s why we are honored to support the next generation of Native leaders by housing the #GenIndigenous Response Fund.”

The #GenIndigenous Response Fund, housed at The Minneapolis Foundation, provides grants on a rolling basis to selected groups of up to $5,000. The grant focuses on strategic communications, education, workforce development, juvenile justice, resiliency, traditional knowledge, sustainability, environmental justice, health, and trauma and healing. NAP is thrilled to share the work of the first round of grantees that consist of Native-led organizations playing leadership roles in current movements while considering efforts to support the long-term engagement of Native American youth leaders in advocacy efforts. Please join us in congratulating:

Engage with #GenIndigenous by attending one of our Regional Convenings in San Francisco and Seattle in April or by donating directly to the #GenIndigenous Response Fund. Individual and organizational donations to the fund can be made out to the Minneapolis Foundation, 800 IDS Center, 80 S Eighth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402. Please note on the memo line: Native Americans in Philanthropy #GenIndigenous Response. You can also donate online at http://bit.do/GenIndigenous.

About Native Americans in Philanthropy
Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) is a membership-based organization that promotes reciprocity and investment in, with and for Native peoples to build healthy and sustainable communities for all. All are welcome to join the NAP circle. Anyone and everyone who is interested in including Native peoples in creating deep and long-lasting impact, systemic and sustainable change in all of our communities.

NAP is a powerful and growing network of Native and non-Native nonprofits, tribal communities, foundations and community leaders committed to engaging, learning and sharing resources and best practices grounded the Native tradition of reciprocity. Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn at Native Americans in Philanthropy and on Twitter @NativeGiving. Visit www.nativephilanthropy.org for more information.

About The Minneapolis Foundation 
For more than 100 years, The Minneapolis Foundation has connected people, resources, and ideas to improve lives in Minnesota and beyond. The Foundation manages nearly $700 million in assets, providing customized and tax-smart giving solutions that result in the average annual distribution of more than $50 million in grants. The Foundation brings people together to unite behind common goals and spark positive change in our community: www.minneapolisfoundation.org.

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