August CEO Message

August CEO Message

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

Cante waste ya nape ciyu zape ye (“I shake your hand with a good heart” in the Lakota language). This summer has been a very busy time for the staff at Native Americans in Philanthropy. While we’ve been wrapping up our very successful Philanthropy Institute, we also took on a new philanthropy project with the White House’s Generation Indigenous initiative starting with an event at the White House on August 26, 2016.

Over the last several months, I’ve had an opportunity to review very important philanthropy work of the White House initiative My Brothers Keeper, and related work of Men and Boys of Color. Both of these initiatives offered shared models of organizing data and research, as well as highlighted best practices for optimal development of black males from our sister organization ABFE (Association of Black Foundation Executives), and the Executive Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. I followed up with staff at the White House to determine the current state of initiatives on My Brothers Keeper and Generation Indigenous. I also happened to meet Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, at the first summit on United State of Women in June. She shared the innovative work she witnessed visiting tribal communities, as well as opportunities for align partnerships and proposed a philanthropy event at the White House. This is the perfect opportunity for NAP to highlight and amplify innovative models of work impacting Native youth, especially those utilizing Indigenous values celebrating our world view:

  • We will highlight ten organizations selected by a panel of youth judges and key philanthropy partners. Story-based presentations will be assessed by the following criteria: exemplify innovative approaches; address gaps and disparities; champion community assets; implement cultural competency; the leadership reflect the community served; and impact on Native youth.
  • We are requesting all of our membership to share our storyteller application with your networks and grantees, as the deadline is August 10.
  • Additionally, our goal for philanthropy is to gather as many commitments as possible to support, partner or attend regional gatherings by our Generation Indigenous philanthropy event at the White House on August 26. At these regional events, we will highlight additional organizations in partnership with the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

Please see our press release for additional information here.

Additional summer projects include our summer learning series, CausePlanet Learning Community web series Session 3: Using social media effectively to support your organization. NAP has been partnering with CausePlanet to bring our nonprofit members a webinar series dedicated to exploring essential topics together with our Regional Network Weavers. These Learning Communities provide the space to learn from each other through information sharing and questions in a facilitated environment. With our Weavers and CausePlanet, we invite you to discuss an author’s ideas and how to implement them with other NAP members, offering support and ideas.

We also have new blogs to share on our summer travels including a Neighborhood Funders Group National Conference Blog and Regional Network Weaver Blog on PolicyLink and My Brother’s Keeper Community Assessment for Building a Movement for Boys and Men of Color.

Finally, our coalition of CHANGE Philanthropy will be sharing new branding with a new website on August 15th. NAP is proud to a part of this unique commitment to advancing and advocating for community priorities of partners with an intersectional approach. The rebranding from Joint Affinity Groups (JAG) to CHANGE Philanthropy has been a thoughtful process towards transforming and challenging philanthropic culture to advance equity, benefit all communities, and ignite positive social change. You can find out more information at and join us for the UNITY Summit next year on September 19-21, 2017.