Despite being the first Americans, the injustices Indigenous Peoples face have long been overlooked in this country. Because of this, Native Americans in Philanthropy have advocated for meaningful investment and partnerships with an intersectional approach. We strive to strengthen bridges across funders and communities to make long-lasting, impactful, systemic and sustainable change in Indian Country.
Our CEO, Sarah Eagle Heart, has dedicated her career working to inspire action, healing, and justice. Sarah was recently recognized by Independent Sector and American Express as the recipient of The 2017 NGen Leadership Award, which honors nonprofit and philanthropic community leaders under the age of 40, demonstrating transformative impact in addressing society’s toughest challenges
But no one organization or person can solve the issues our communities face alone. We must learn from and work with each other as allies to maximize our collective impact. We need your help.
Support from our members has helped NAP and its members to accomplish much important work over the past year, including: hosting an amazing event in Los Angeles and curating powerful conversation among leaders dedicated to cross-movement building, convening a group of hundreds of Native men and women to advocate for Indigenous issues at the 2017 Women’s March, awarding a total of $50,000 in grants to ten Native nonprofits and programs through the #GenIndigenous Response Fund, and initiating a relationship between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Wallace Global Fund that led to a pledge of $1 million towards renewable energy efforts.
So many of you have joined our powerful and growing network of Native and non-Native nonprofits, tribal communities, foundations and community leaders. If you haven’t yet, we invite you to join us now in this commitment to engaging, learning, and sharing resources and best practices.
Over the past year, the generosity and caliber of our membership has led to:
- A successful one-day summit: Invisible No More
- Two Funder Regional Convenings in the Northwest and Northern California
- $50,000 awarded to ten grantees through the #GenIndigenous Response Fund
- Educational Funder Tour in partnership with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
- NAP hosted and partnership webinars for members
- Advocacy efforts and campaigns with Indigenous Women Rise including the Women’s March in Washington, DC
- $151,561 to 18 grassroots Native organizations through Native Voices Rising
- 2016 White House #GenIndigenous philanthropic event with the Obama Administration