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The Wisdom of the Giveaway: A Guide to Growing Native American Philanthropy


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This 2000 guide from First Nations Development Institute and the Center for the Study of Philanthropy offers an overview of the philanthropic traditions of Native American communities, with a particular emphasis on the way in which Native communities use philanthropy to share their assets and engage in larger civic affairs. Designed both for Native and non-Native Americans, this volume identifies education as an important mobilizing tool and focuses on the spiritual values, cultural norms, family activities, and personal experiences associated with Native practices of generosity. It also includes examples of specific giving vehicles appropriate for both individual and tribal gifts, from in-kind contributions to incorporated funds and endowment building.