Listening Sessions

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Regional Listening Sessions

What kinds of programs and initiatives can be supported through philanthropy?

From 2021 to early 2023, Native Americans in Philanthropy held a series of listening sessions with elected Tribal leaders and Native nonprofit leaders and fielded a survey with Native community leaders across the U.S. to identify the funding priorities of Tribal Nations and Native communities as defined by Native people.

The goal of these outreach efforts was to quantify regional and national needs in Native American communities, particularly those that would best benefit from philanthropic support. The findings of these listening sessions have ultimately also informed the future work of NAP as we continue to uplift Native perspectives within the philanthropic sector. 

Listening Session Impacts and Outcomes

What kinds of programs and initiatives can be supported through philanthropy?

A final report on the listening sessions and data findings was published in November 2023, which outlined the ways in which Tribal Nations and the philanthropy sector can connect, collaborate, and support priority needs. These listening sessions have laid the groundwork to form collaborative groups, intertribal coalitions, Tribal Nation and philanthropic coalitions in priority areas, identify research needed to quantify regional and national need in Native American communities, and increased funding for priority needs in Native American communities. Longer term goals include:

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Strengthen Tribal philanthropy based on core Tribal values.

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Grow Tribal philanthropy as a component in Tribal Nation strategic planning and community development.

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Establish regional and national intertribal coalitions for Tribal philanthropy to plan, develop and leverage funding.

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Broaden collaborations with Tribal Nations and the philanthropy sector in key initiatives such as climate change, education, social justice and more.

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Establish a strategic structure wherein the philanthropy sector includes Native American needs in their annual giving and raise the less than ½ of 1% of funds directed to support Native American communities to 1%, 2%, 5%+

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Elevate awareness of Tribal philanthropy and needs in Native American communities in the mainstream conscience.

Regional Map

Click below to learn more about what Tribal leaders said in your region.
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Region 1 (AK, ID, OR, WA): December 7, 2021 | 1 – 2:30pm PT Watch Recording

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Region 3 (AR, AZ, CO, KS, MO, NM, OK, UT): December 12, 2022 | 12 - 1:30pm MT | 2 - 3:30pm ET Watch Recording

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Region 5 (IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, KY, OH, WI): May 19, 2022 | 1 – 2:30pm CT | 2 – 3:30pm ET Watch Recording

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Region 2 (CA, HI, NV): March 1, 2022 | 11am – 12:30pm PT Watch Recording

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Region 4 (MT, ND, NE, SD, WY) September 22, 2022 | 1 – 2:30pm CT | 2 – 3:30pm ET Watch Recording

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Region 6 (AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NE, NH, NY, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV): April 27, 2022 | 1 – 2:30pm ET Watch Recording

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