Strengthening Native Institutions and Philanthropy - Reports

First Nations Development Institute provides publications that address strengthening Native American institutions and philanthropy.

(2017) - 1.27 MB

This report looks at detailed Census data to better answer the question, “What percent of American Indian and Alaska Native people live in rural areas?” Our research found that outdated definitions of “urban” have been applied to many areas, thus resulting in an inaccurate overcounting of the Native urban population. This report offers a new, more accurate measure of what counts as “rural” and provides new information using this definition. 


(2017) - 737.3 KB

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. 


(2016) - 3.04 MB

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. This report contains recommendations from several leaders of national urban Indian organizations who identified the cultural strengths, challenges, and emerging new directions to create greater opportunities in meeting the needs of rising urban AI/AN populations.


(2016) - 1.65 MB

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. 


(2016) - 2.47 MB

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.


(2015) - 3.95 MB

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.


(2015) - 6.24 MB

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.


(2013) - 5.09 MB

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.


(2006) - 1.44 MB

The 2006 Power of Giving Conference built on the groundwork of the 2005 Strategic Philanthropy conference. This report documents the actions taken to address three of the priority areas defined as part of the 2005 conference.


(2005) - 315.09 KB

This report is the result of a convening of Native philanthropic leaders and identifies ways to support the Native philanthropic sector.


(2004) - 253.93 KB

This paper was the first comprehensive study of nonprofit organizations that provide services to and for Native peoples.


(2003) - 2.13 MB

The Great Lakes Wisdom of the Giveaway Conference was to organized to bring together tribes and foundations to share their experience, knowledge, and networks, the three-day conference was attended by approximately 40 participants who represented a variety of tribal programs and foundations, non-tribal foundations and local, state and federal government offices.


(2002) - 241.6 KB

The California Wisdom of the Giveaway Conference was organized to bring together tribes and foundations to share their experience, knowledge, and networks, the three-day conference was attended by approximately 60 participants who represented a variety of tribal programs and foundations, non-tribal foundations and local, state and federal government offices.


(2001) - 88.17 KB

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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