Our Programs: Strengthening Native American Nonprofits

Strengthening Native American Nonprofits

Through grant support, technical assistance and training, First Nations Development Institute provides Native communities with the tools and resources necessary to create new community-based nonprofit organizations and to strengthen the capacity of existing nonprofits. For more than 30 years, First Nations has supported hundreds of model projects that revitalize Native communities, while integrating social empowerment and economic strategies.

First Nations' L.E.A.D. Institute Conference

An essential component of First Nations' nonprofit capacity-building strategy is our Leadership, Entrepreneurial, and Apprenticeship Development (L.E.A.D.) Institute Conference that trains emerging and existing Native nonprofit leaders, including staff members from many of our grantee organizations. For more than 18 years First Nations has held an annual L.E.A.D. Institute Conference for Native American nonprofit professionals, tribal leaders and anyone intested in Native nonprofits, business and philanthropy. We widely publicize each year's conference, which is usually held in September or October, so watch for announcements about it and make plans to register and attend.