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


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Why does philanthropy continue to only minimally support Native American organizations and causes? That’s the crux of the issue that has plagued Native American nonprofits and causes for some time. Despite the high need in Native communities and the proven ability of Native-led organizations to help address those needs, mainstream philanthropy has shied away from adequately funding these initiatives. In fact, recent research has documented declining levels of giving by large foundations, as well as minuscule levels of giving by community foundations, to Native American organizations and causes. This report was prepared by First Nations’ partner, Frontline Solutions, to shed light on this essential question.