New Look for First Nations’ Communications and a Celebration of Stewardship

With the launch of our new email platform, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is pleased to once again announce that we have received the highest rating of four stars from charity watchdog agency Charity Navigator.

This is the ninth year in a row that First Nations has achieved this distinction. Only 4% of the charities rated by Charity Navigator can claim the honor of receiving this top rating for nine consecutive years.

First Nations President and CEO Michael Roberts said the continued recognition is a point of achievement for the organization, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. “At First Nations, we are committed to investing in the ingenuity of Native peoples. We are also committed to the people and organizations who share our dedication and support our work,” he said. “That means always being clear, honest, and fiscally responsible in the way we handle donations and funding.”

Charity Navigator honor a testament to financial responsibility and stewardship
Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a four-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50% of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.

Moving forward with momentum
To build on this success and further improve communications about First Nations grantmaking and advocacy, the organization is also pleased to debut a new look and feel to our News Updates, Press Releases, Grantee Announcements, and upcoming Indian Giver newsletter. Watch for these updated communications in your inbox.

Thank you for your continued interest and commitment in helping First Nations strengthen Native economies and communities. We value your support.

About First Nations Development Institute
For 40 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit