Strengthening Native American Communities & Economies
In 2014 First Nations launched a project called Nurturing Native Givers and Giving, which is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Catalyzing Community Giving Initiative. It is designed to further democratize philanthropy and direct more philanthropic resources to Native communities. This is being achieved, in part, by raising awareness of programs funded by First Nations though the development of the first-of-its-kind crowdfunding site called NativeGiving.org. A pilot project, NativeGiving.org promotes a group of our current and past grantees who are focused on promoting the health and well-being of our most valuable resource – our youth.
Dedicated to strengthening and improving the lives of Native children and families, NativeGiving.org also raises awareness of the critical needs in the communities we serve. In addition to NativeGiving.org, the project also provides grantees web-based training while offering other resources to grantees such as one-on-one coaching.
Nurturing Native Givers and Giving also includes strengthening workplace-giving programs, conducting several convenings of groups like Native grantmakers, and the publication of reports highlighting philanthropy in Native communities as well as identifying strategies to direct more funding to Native communities.