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Impact Report

First Nations’ Impact Report 2020 is Here!

We’re happy to recap the accomplishments of Native communities throughout the country that have been made possible thanks to First Nations’ unwavering supporters.

In a year marked by devastating loss in Native communities, First Nations’ core work as a grantmaker, educator, advocate and connector was more critical than ever. The core strategies and programs that First Nations has implemented for four decades and the strong traditions of relationship building and trust have positioned the organization to step up and help where needed to support grassroots initiatives.

Key takeaways

  • First Nations issued $3.1 million in COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants in 16 grant cycles in nine months.
  • First Nations also provided $3.4 million in program grants to Native communities, mostly dispersed as general program support to help sustain programs through the pandemic, facilitated 89 technical assistance sessions, and released 15 publications geared toward policy and advocacy for Native communities.
  • First Nations’ COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund grants still require no applications and are dispersed as general operating support grants. This is important as 66% of Native nonprofit organizations report that they provide direct services to people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In addition to the Emergency Response Fund grants, in 2020, First Nations also coordinated the donation of 17,749 pounds of food, 28,000 gallons of water, $335,670 in personal protective equipment. This was especially important during the early months of the pandemic when food, water and personal protective equipment shortages were a constant fear in some Native communities.
  • In 2020, First Nations again showed its commitment to transparency and accountability. For the ninth year in a row, First Nations received the highest rating of Four Stars from Charity Navigator. The 40-year-old organization again earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency and was named an Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.
  • Support for Native communities is needed more than ever. Every year First Nations is only able to meet a small percentage of total requests and need in Native communities. These are all opportunities available for the philanthropic sector to invest in Native communities and support Native-led change.

Download the 2020 Impact Report here.

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