Register for one or both events:
Funders Minnesota Regional Meeting
Impact Investment in Indigenous Communities and Beyond
Are you new or interested in Impact Investing and learning about effective grantmaking in Native and Indigenous communities?
Join us March 30, before the Funding Forward Conference in Minneapolis to learn about Impact Investing from a place of curiosity, no experience necessary!
In this workshop we will introduce the fundamentals and present a spectrum of impact investing. We will introduce a regenerative investing framework and how impact-investing practices need to be modified and or refined to work meaningfully with Indigenous communities and other marginalized communities. We will explore the experience through case studies from the Swift Foundation and others and look at a range of strategies that gives greater coherency across the endowment and leverages all resources, both grants + investments. We will share lessons learned and innovative strategies of leading foundations, investors and community experience. Lastly, we will create an exercise designed to give people experience thinking about impact, measuring impact and experimenting with how investing could create greater benefits in the realm of philanthropy
Funding Forward 2016 Pre-conference event
MARCH 30, 2016
8:30am – 1:00pm CST
This is a funders only event
Youth-Driven Strategies to Invest in Two Spirit Programs: Empowerment Through Cultural Reclamation
Native American youth suffer from some of the most severe challenges and disparities in the country, including the lowest graduation rates of any ethnic group, and a suicide rate 2.5 times higher than the national rate. Among other reasons, these disparities are the result of decades of historical trauma and failed federal tribal policies. LGBT Native youth, many of whom identify as Two Spirit, face unique challenges and opportunities as they tackle these broader challenges in their urban and reservation tribal communities, while also working to reclaim their cultural identity as Two Spirit people. With a special emphasis on youth, this interactive session led by the Center for Native American Youth, Native Americans in Philanthropy, and other Two Spirit partners will explore what Two Spirit identity means and its implications for funding effective strategies to support this population.
MARCH 30, 2016
1:30pm – 3:30pm CST