Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Common Report

Report Narrative 

  1. Please briefly outline your original goals and objectives, as stated in your proposal.

Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) is convening 200 partners for our 30th Anniversary Celebration and Summit, “Together We Rise. Together We Soar,” September 18-19 in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The event is for staff and board members of organizations in mainstream philanthropy, philanthropy-serving organizations, Tribal leaders, Tribal philanthropy, Native program officers and other important allies.

The Summit will open with an evening cultural reception at the Field Museum featuring Native artists. NAP will then host sessions on truth and healing, Native youth, intergenerational movements and resistance, narrative change and insights from successful partnerships between foundations and Native communities. The Summit will conclude with an evening cruise on Lake Michigan to celebrate NAP’s 30th anniversary and honor Louis Delgado, one of NAP’s co-founder and a longtime advocate who bridges knowledge between foundations and Native nonprofits.  

NAP will launch our Native funding web portal with Candid (formerly Foundation Center and GuideStar) at the summit. The multi-content web portal will feature deep information about philanthropic funding related to—and by—Native Americans. Filled with grants data, news stories, research, funder insights, and other information, this portal will enable users to determine what funding to Native people and issues currently looks like, research best practices in inclusive and strategic grantmaking rooted in Native values, and learn about Native history and issues as critical context for decision-making. We will introduce the portal during our summit program, as well as host foundation CEOs for an in-depth conversation about the web portal and the need for more foundations to fund Native communities.

  1. What progress have you made toward your original goals and objectives? What activities led to meeting these goals and objectives?

NAP convened 125 partners for the opening reception (open to the public) and summit (limited to registered participants) in Chicago, September 18-19. Board and staff personally outreached to our members, program partners, funders, Chicago-based Native organizations and other allies to ensure a diverse and representative mix of stakeholders.

NAP hosted two pre-summit meetings for Native program officers and Tribal philanthropy. NAP and First Nations Development Institute hosted 20 Native program officers for a day-long meeting to strengthen the peer network and develop an action agenda to reach more Natives in philanthropy and influence more non-Native-led philanthropy. NAP and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society Tribal Nations Advisory Council invited thirty-four Tribal leaders to the Tribal philanthropy session: three Tribal representatives from SMSC, Gila River and Pala Band of Mission Indians attended and an additional nine expressed interest in further engagements. The session focused on developing a strategy for organizing Tribal philanthropy to build a peer network to (1) leverage their giving, (2) share best practices and (3) advise mainstream philanthropy on giving in Indian Country. 

The summit featured a poetry reading by Kinsale Hueston (including a poem, “Seventh Generation,” she had composed specifically for the summit), an oral history of the founding of NAP, updates on NAP’s current work and future plans, panels on truth, healing, resistance and resilience and narrative change, breakout sessions on urban Indians, the Generation Indigenous initiative and Indigenous women and girls, and advocacy and activism updates on protecting Indigenous rights and land in the midst of the Amazon fires and the proposed development of another telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawai’i. NAP staff and the board program committee developed the summit programming, with the support of partners like First Nations Development Institute.

NAP and Candid announced the publication of a new report on funding for Native American communities and causes and the launch of the Native funding web portal. The report and portal feature a comprehensive history of the United States from an Indigenous perspective, compiled by Dr. Karina Walters, updated data on the state of funding to Native communities and resources for grantmakers to increase their funding. Both were products of over two years of discussion, visioning and development between NAP and Candid, which will continue as we engage diverse stakeholders in refining the portal, promoting its regular usage in decision-making processes and generally advocate for increased investments. We will explore co-hosting a foundation CEO convening as a follow-up engagement.

  1. If applicable, describe the population served or community reached during the grant period. Use numbers and demographics such as race/ethnicity, gender, or geographic location.

NAP targeted members and partners locally and nationwide, especially Native nonprofits, Tribal philanthropy, non-Native-led foundations and others. Our attendees included 31 foundations, 45 nonprofits and 11 philanthropy-serving organizations.

  1. Were there any unanticipated results, either positive or negative? What did you learn because of this grant?

Inspired by the Native Hawai’ian leaders protecting Mauna Kea, NAP Board Chair Edgar Villanueva issued a challenge grant in the moment at the summit. He and four NAP partners pledged a total $50,000 to support the protection camp at Mauna Kea, with more allies committed to making the case for investment at their foundations.

We have other evidence of investments made as a direct result of our convenings, which confirms our role as a relationship facilitator between grantmakers and grantseekers and the necessity of in-person engagements to do so. 

  1. Will you make any changes based on these results?

NAP incorporates feedback into future regional and national convenings. We will host our biennial National Philanthropy Institute in 2020.

  1. (For matching/project grants/capital campaigns) What are your future plans for sustaining this program or project?

NAP convenings are supported through a mix of general operating and project support grants and convening-specific sponsorships. NAP fundraises for grants on an ongoing basis, and annually solicits foundations and tribal philanthropy for convening-specific sponsorships.

  1. Are there any other important outcomes as a result of this grant?

Reconnecting with Shakopee through Chad Poitra’s efforts is critical to NAP strengthening its work partnering with tribal philanthropy. Though we have long enjoyed support from individual tribal foundations and leaders, we view this grant and relationship as core to our vision of developing an intentional peer field and set of best practices and lessons among tribal grant programs. NAP will continue to work closely with Chad to convene tribal philanthropy leaders again in early 2020.

  1. Do you have any plans to share your results or findings? How?

NAP has posted recaps of the summit and celebration on our website, e-newsletter and social media. Over the next year, NAP and Candid will partner on a web portal outreach and foundation engagement plan to further publicize the data on funding to Native communities and causes and secure commitments to increasing strategic investments in Indian Country.


  1. Please attach an income and expense statement for this grant period. Also, please include your original budget.

See attached. 

  1. If this is an interim report, please attach a statement including income and expenses for the grant period to date. If this is a final report, please attach a statement including actual income and expenses.


  1. Please feel free to include a narrative for any of your expenses and income, if necessary.



  1. (For matching/project grants only) Please include a list of additional funders, including amounts received for this project or program.

Annie E. Casey Foundation, $10,000
Casey Family Programs, $25,000
Chicago Community Trust, $20,000
Emergent Fund, $13,000
Gates Foundation, $25,000
Lannan Foundation, $5,000
The Minneapolis Foundation, $5,000
Northwest Area Foundation, $5,000
Open Society Foundations, $25,000
Wells Fargo Foundation, $5,000
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, $20,000


  1. Please send a least 3-5 high-quality digital photographs of the funds at work to [email protected].

Four images:

  1. Did you promote or publicize the donation in any way? (e.g., press release, social media, newsletter, etc.) If so, please describe.

NAP acknowledged SMSC and our other sponsors on our promotional materials, including our summit and celebration website and e-newsletters. Additionally, our MCs recognized our sponsors in announcements throughout the summit and celebration. 

  1. Was this donation featured in any publications, newspapers, or magazines? If so, please specify.

No. NAP summit and celebration promotions were limited to online media, as described above.