Indigenous Community Leadership in Response to COVID-19

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We are hosting a COVID-19 Community Conversation about our most recently published comprehensive report, “Indigenous Community Leadership in Response to COVID-19: A Call to Action for the Philanthropic Sector on Tuesday, January 26th 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern Time 

Guest speakers include 

  • Shandiin Herrera (Diné), Lead for America Hometown Fellow working with Yee Ha’ólníi Doo d.b.a Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund. 
  • Krystal Curley (Diné), Executive Director @ Indigenous Life Ways. Krystal leads many education initiatives, collective action, and culture-based organizing throughout Indian Country. 
  • Olivia Roanhorse (Diné), MPH, Director @ Roanhorse Consulting, LLC. Olivia provides leadership and oversight of key policy, research, and evaluation projects at Native women-led think tank, Roanhorse Consulting, where she creates systems of equity and empowerment from within. 
  • Negeen Darani, Senior Director of Programs @ 11th Hour Project. Negeen has been working in philanthropy, nonprofit strategy, finance/economics, and organizational change management for over 20 years. Through her leadership, 11th Hour has become an investor in our Native Voices Rising funding collaborative along with several other Indigenous-led funds across the country. 

While the pandemic laid bare the inequities in our communities, it also showcased the strength and resilience of our people as tribal communities organized to get resources to the ground with support from the philanthropic sector. 

This COVID-19 Community Conversation is for anyone who is interested in strengthening Indigenous and Native communities by understanding the opportunities for the philanthropic sector. We will provide actionable next steps for how philanthropies and funders can optimize their partnerships with Native-led organizations and best serve Indigenous communities. Finally, our guest speakers will show us how we can develop stronger funding strategies through meaningful and trusting relationships with tribes and Indigenous-led organizations. 

We hope you will join us for this rich conversation and thoughtful analysis as we reflect on the past year and plan for 2021. Please share widely among your philanthropic, nonprofit networks, and Indigenous communities 

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Indigenous Community Leadership in Response to COVID-19: A Call to Action for the Philanthropic Sector

This report analyzes philanthropic investments in response funds led by Indigenous people and communities, shares the perspectives of community leaders who organized these efforts, and provides key actions for the philanthropic sector to invest in a thriving and sustainable future for Indigenous communities.


  • $32,202,568 in philanthropic funds were distributed to Native communities between March and October of 2020
  • 15 nonprofit organizations raised $23,494,625 and 56 GoFundMe platforms raised $8,707,943

“The moment for Indigenous wisdom is now. Stakeholders in the sector must consult with our Indigenous relatives through informed support relationships.”
–Roanhorse Consulting

The report reviews important lessons from the ongoing crisis in Indigenous communities and calls on philanthropy to invest in Indigenous-led organizations and initiatives, to maximize general operating support, diversify vehicles for investment, identify regions and communities that face serious funding disparities, invest in Indigenous community strengths and leadership—not their deficits, and invest in tribal policy advocacy and tribal leadership.

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