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Investing in Native Youth: Grantmaking Trends from the Native Youth and Culture Fund 2015-2017

This report updates grantmaking trends under First Nations’ Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) for the years 2015 through 2017.…

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The Native American Electorate’s Role in the Blue Wave Referendum on President Trump’s Policy Agenda

In a historic mid-term election that saw minority and women voters energized like never before, one of the major themes…

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Native-Serving Nonprofits and Charity Watchdog Agencies

First Nations examined foundation investments in Native communities, documenting declines in investments by large foundations and dismal investments by community…

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We Need to Change How We Think: Perspectives on Philanthropy’s Underfunding of Native Communities and Causes

Why does philanthropy continue to only minimally support Native American organizations and causes? That’s the crux of the issue that…

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Growing Inequity: Large Foundation Giving to Native American Organizations and Causes – 2006-2014

This is the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY of the larger “Growing Inequity” report. In that report, First Nations Development Institute examines the…

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Growing Inequity: Large Foundation Giving to Native American Organizations and Causes – 2006-2014

In this report, First Nations Development Institute examines the state of large foundation giving to Native American organizations and causes…

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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…

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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…

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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…