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Native Americans in Philanthropy pools funds to re-grant to Native-focused, community-based programs and projects. Our #GenIndigenous Response Fund and Native Voices Rising funds are models of how foundations can collaborate through an indigenous lens.

#GenIndigenous Response Fund

Native Americans in Philanthropy launched the #GenIndigenous Response Fund in partnership with The Minneapolis Foundation in 2016 to honor the Native youth leading Generation Indigenous and the Standing Rock land, water and sovereignty protection fights. The Fund supports expansion from specific advocacy campaigns to long-term movement building across Indian Country. The Fund pools investments from different sources and a Native grant committee awards grants of up to $5,000 to groups supporting youth organizing and activism and building long-term power for Native American youth.  Organizations apply the funds to 3-6-month projects, including strategic communications, education, workforce development, juvenile justice, resiliency, traditional knowledge, sustainability, environmental justice, health, and trauma and healing.  These projects are important grassroots work that that funders might otherwise not fund because they are too small, too experimental, or not visible to mainstream culture.

The #GenIndigenous Response Fund generally has two grant cycles per year — one in the spring and one in the fall — dependent on funding. Check back here for future announcements about the current or upcoming grant cycles.

Native Voices Rising

Native Americans in Philanthropy established Native Voices Rising in 2013 with Common Counsel Foundation to address the chronic underinvestment in Native communities. The fund pools investments from individual donors and foundations to make flexible grants of $5,000-$15,000 to Native-led organizations that are improving the lives of their community members in the United States.

The fund is an innovative model of funder collaboration and Native self-determination; funders provide support based on a common agreement that Native communities should identify their own priorities and solutions, and regional grantmaking committees of Native community members make decisions on the grant awards.  To date, we have awarded 43 organizations with $410,000 in funding. Grant cycles are dependent on the availability of funds. Check back here for announcements about the current or upcoming grant cycles.