Los Angeles, CA – Native Americans in Philanthropy and The Minneapolis Foundation is pleased to announce its fourth round of #Generation Indigenous (#GenI) Response Fund grants. A total of $122,500 has been awarded to 17 organizations across the country providing funds to support youth organizing and activism for critical social justice issues affecting Native youth.
In 2014, President Obama created the Generation Indigenous Initiative to remove the barriers that stand between young people and opportunity. As a result, the #GenI Response Fund was established in 2016 to bridge funders and organizers to support a collective commitment to, and invest in, Indigenous young people.
With these funds, grantees are able to make meaningful impact and serve the unique needs of their community. A variety of projects focusing on strategic communications, juvenile justice, resiliency, traditional knowledge, sustainability, gender justice, health and wellness, trauma, and healing are represented in 2020. A full list of this year’s awardees can be found at 2020 #GenI Grantees.
Native Americans in Philanthropy supports Native youth engagement and leadership through this funding. Partnering with organizations such as the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) and United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) also further supports the important visioning and ongoing conversations imperative to keeping the spotlight on Native youth.
The collaborative approach of the #GenI Response Fund provides a mechanism for donors and foundations to scale their impact with others and to have a direct influence on the development of young leaders and youth-serving organizations in Indian Country. Since 2016, the Response Fund has awarded nearly $375,000 to organizations throughout the United States. Interested donors are encouraged to learn more about and consider contributing to the #GenI Response Fund by visiting the website or emailing [email protected].
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 $900 million in assets, providing customized and tax-smart giving solutions that result in the average annual distribution of $70 million in grants. The Foundation brings people together to unite behind common goals and spark positive change in our community. www.minneapolisfoundation.org
Native Americans in Philanthropy: Native Amercians in Philanthropy is the only nonprofit organization devoted to promoting equitable and effective philanthropy in Native communities. Established in 1989, NAP advances philanthropic practices grounded in Native values and traditions, and works to transform and influence the philanthropic sector to align with an Indigenous worldview. Recently, the Investing in Native Communities web portal was launched to help philanthropy understand and connect with Native communities and causes. NAP continues to advocate for healing, equity, and justice in mainstream philanthropy by building and strengthening relationships with members, allies, influencers, and supporters. www.nativephilanthropy.org