Indigenous Community Leadership in Response to COVID-19

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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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