SNAP - Reports

Community Foundation Giving to Native American Causes

This report examines giving by community foundations to Native American organizations and causes. In all, the report highlights that only 15/100ths of one percent of community foundation funding goes to Native American organizations and causes annually.

The Wisdom of the Giveaway: A Guide to Growing Native American Philanthropy

This 2000 guide from First Nations Development Institute and the Center for the Study of Philanthropy offers an overview of the philanthropic traditions of Native American communities, with a particular emphasis on the way in which Native communities use philanthropy to share their assets and engage in larger civic affairs. Designed both for Native and non-Native Americans, this volume identifies education as an important mobilizing tool and focuses on the spiritual values, cultural norms, family activities, and personal experiences associated with Native practices of generosity.

Research Note: Economic Impact of Tribal Colleges in the Northwest Area Foundation Region

In addition to providing education, Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) also contribute to a community’s economic development. TCUs have direct economic impacts through employment and any multiplier effect, and indirect impacts including helping to create an educated workforce, supporting small business development through specialized programs, and creating a market for goods and services in the local community.  Our research found that TCUs in an eight-state region average $217,517,072 in revenue and $285,431,536 in assets. 

A Systems Thinking Approach for Increasing Wellness in Urban Indigenous America

Even though 72% of all American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN), and 78% of all AI/AN children live off of reservations, it can be argued that Native populations residing in urban areas are among the most hidden in the United States. This invisibility has created and perpetuates extreme disparities across all the major sectors of life and community for tribal citizens living in cities, including children and family services, housing and homelessness, economic development and employment, and health and wellness.

Native American Women, Leadership and the Native American Nonprofit Sector

This report examines gender and leadership within the Native American nonprofit sector. Overall, it finds that the leadership ranks of Native American nonprofits look very different from the national or mainstream nonprofit sector, with Native American nonprofits largely headed by women. This report is one of few that exist that attempts to examine leadership trends within a specific nonprofit subsector, namely looking at gendered leadership within mostly rural and remote reservation-based nonprofits that primarily serve Native American populations. 

A Case for the Native Nonprofit Sector: Advocating for Cultural, Economic and Community Change

This report explores the history of Native and non-Native-led nonprofits in Indian Country and shares findings from interviews with key leaders in the Native nonprofit sector. The report also draws upon a unique dataset to empirically assess the types of nonprofits serving Indian Country as well as some characteristics of Native-led nonprofits.

Telling Our Giving Stories: Native Philanthropy and Community Development

This report provides information on 63 Native American-led grant making organizations in North America. Forty-one of these are tribally-affiliated grant making foundations and funds. The goal of the report is to accurately tell the giving stories of these programs and share information about the generosity and philanthropy represented by these organizations.

Investing in Native Youth: Grantmaking Trends from the Native Youth and Culture Fund

This report analyzes data from the five most recent years (2010-2014) of its grantmaking activities under its Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF). Since the NYCF began in 2002, First Nations has received 999 grant requests totaling more than $18.4 million from Native communities and granted more than $5 million to 305 Native youth and culture projects.

American Indian Leadership: Strengthening Native Communities and Organizations

This report draws on data from more than 93 leadership programs, organizations and initiatives, to provide a summary of the current state of leadership programs in Native communities. Based on these findings, this paper offers recommendations for proceeding with the development of leadership programs in American Indian communities.

Tribal Giving: What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Formalized Philanthropy?

This publication provides general information regarding some of the issues involved with tribal philanthropic giving. It is presented with two components. The first component addresses tribes as the donor or grantmaker. The second component presents tribes as fundraisers or grant seekers.


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