Investing in Native Communities Portal

About The Portal

Investing in Native Communities is a partnership of Native Americans in Philanthropy and Candid, with support from the Bush Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The web portal contains funding data, research, historical context, and resources to help users: 

  1. Understand why funding for Native communities is important;
  2. Visualize the landscape of philanthropic funding over the years; and
  3. Learn from the knowledge and experiences of other organizations.

This site is an extension of Native Americans in Philanthropy’s Truth and Healing Movement, to acknowledge the truth related to Indigenous history, lift up stories of resilience, and support healing efforts moving forward, both for Native and non-Native peoples. The movement centers on an educational and transformational exercise called The Blanket Exercise. Learn more at nativephilanthropy.org/truthandhealing.

Our Goal

To centralize and provide access to crucial information needed by foundations who are interested in supporting Native communities and causes. The information on the site can help funders who are delving into this work for the first time as well as more experienced funders who want to increase their capacity and knowledge.

About the Funding Map

 

The Funding Map is built on the Foundation Maps platform, which is developed in-house by Candid staff. It displays institutional philanthropic grantmaking from Candid’s database, which is comprised of grants information reported in IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF, provided directly by foundations, collected from funder websites and press releases, and gathered from other public sources.

The Funding Map displays grants that are explicitly designated to benefit Native Americans in the U.S. (including Alaska Natives, American Indians, and Native Hawaiians) or awarded to recipient organizations whose missions focus on Native Americans in the U.S.

About the Resource Center

 

The Resource Center connects you with the knowledge you need to inform your work:

  • Reports include publicly available research, toolkits, fact sheets, and other publications related to Indigneous communities. 
  • Case studies feature organizations who have pioneered strategic approaches and offer real-world insights and lessons learned. 
  • News articles contain recent philanthropic announcements and activities.
  • Media include videos, books, and additional resources produced by organizations working on Native issues.
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