Community Building through Funding

Philanthropy in Indian Country

The basic tenet of philanthropy is to help address poverty and inequality for some of the most vulnerable segments of our society. Based on this, individuals and institutions within philanthropy must work together. This means addressing the prolonged invisibility of Native American communities and causes, and actively seeking authentic Native American engagement.

The following research reports, community perspectives, and funder perspectives shed light on the current state of philanthropy in Indian Country and challenge philanthropic leaders to evaluate and improve their giving practices toward a more inclusive and deliberate philanthropic culture.

Research Reports

Community Foundation Giving

A report on trends in giving by community foundations to Native American organizations and causes.

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We Need to Change How We Think

A look at why philanthropy continues to only minimally support Native American organizations and causes.

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Growing Inequity: Large Foundations

An examination of the state of large foundation giving to Native American organizations and causes.

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Community Perspectives

Perspectives in Philanthropy

A 3-part series with Nonprofit Quarterly highlighting voices of respected Native American nonprofit leaders.

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Philanthropy and Native Nonprofits

An 8-part series with Nonprofit Quarterly advocating for greater philanthropic support for Native communities.

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Environmental Justice

Multiple articles published with Nonprofit Quarterly on supporting environmental justice in Indian Country.

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Funder Perspectives

Beginning the Journey

Insights on ways in which funders approach and work with Native nations and communities.

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Why We Work in Indian Country

An Affinity Group’s perspective on the disparity in philanthropic giving to Indian Country.

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