Colorado Foundations and their Support of Native American Community-based Nonprofits


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Research has found that Native American community-based organizations in Colorado are invisible within the giving portfolios of foundations in the state. Only one-tenth of one percent (.1%) of Colorado philanthropy is awarded to Native American community-based organizations in Colorado. Moreover, findings from qualitative interviews document that Native nonprofit leaders report negative experiences in their interactions with philanthropic institutions in the state.

This reports aims to provide an understanding of the relationship between Colorado foundations and Native American community-based and Native American-serving organizations by analyzing foundation giving by the top 20 philanthropic foundations in Colorado to Native American community-based organizations in the state.

It concludes with recommendations for supporting Native-led change across Colorado, along with resources to learn more.