Stand With Us

Native Americans in Philanthropy Strategic Framework

Stand With Us

I am pleased to share our 2-year Strategic Framework that guides Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP)’s work through 2019.  This framework, which was developed over several months by our talented team and generous thought partners, describes how we will influence and increase funding to native communities by:

  • Helping funders apply a native lens to their grantmaking.
  • Creating direct connections between funders and Native community leaders.
  • Building the capacity of Native nonprofits to raise funds using Indigenous values, culture and history of giving.
  • Educating and empowering Native leadership in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector.
  • Improving the availability of reliable data and Indigenous-led research.
  • Increasing attention and focus on Native issues through strategic narrative change efforts


For almost three decades, Native Americans in Philanthropy has worked to advance investments in Native communities through education and advocacy within the philanthropic sector. Whether hosting regional summits, training Native leaders, or connecting organizations to opportunities, Native Americans in Philanthropy seeks to restore all Native communities to full health and sustainability.

Today, Native communities are at the forefront of movement-building around climate change, environmental and social justice, and a number of other issues, demonstrating their leadership, resiliency and relentless commitment for a better world. Native Americans were, and will always be, the original resistance.

We invite you to join the powerful and continuously growing network of Native and non-Native nonprofits, tribal communities, foundations and community leaders that we have helped build. Native Americans in Philanthropy has been a consistent advocate for the protection of tribal sovereignty, land and water rights, women’s rights, Native youth leadership and Native inter-generational healing. Through partnerships and cross-movement advocacy efforts, we will continue working to elevate key issues and to address the pressing needs of our communities with culturally comprehensive approaches.

We need your support and engagement this year to keep our people and voices centered in social change.  Stand with us — our Generation Indigenous youth, indigenous women and girls, and Native communities — and take action:

  1. Learn how we can work together by reviewing our 2018 – 2019 Strategic Framework: “Widening the Sacred Circle”.
  2. Get access information and special events by joining or renewing as a NAP member.
  3. Be a part of this critical conversation by sponsoring and/or registering for our upcoming 2018 Philanthropy Institute, June 13-15 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.


Wopila (deep gratitude),

Sarah Eagle Heart