The Native Ways Federation (NWF) was founded in 2008 by a group of seven national Native-led nonprofit organizations to activate and expand informed giving to nonprofits in Indian Country through donor education and advocacy:
- American Indian College Fund (College Fund)
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
- Association on American Indian Affairs (The Association)
- First Nations Development Institute (FNDI)
- National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
- Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
- Running Strong for American Indian Youth (Running Strong)
NWF’s focus on donor education and advocacy, combined with helping donors understand the ethical environment around giving in Indian Country, fills a gap that has historically resulted in bringing more harm than good to Native people and communities as well as to the nonprofits who serve them. While well intentioned, all too often, uninformed donors invest in organizations that do not act in the best interest of Native people, or shy away from investing at all due to broad public misconceptions and misinformation about Native people and communities.
In The News
St. Paul, Minn. (February 16, 2024) – Native Ways Federation (NWF) announces the official date for the third year of Native Nonprofit Day. Native Nonprofit Day is a giving initiative aimed at increasing support for Native-led organizations nationwide in a movement...
Native Ways Federation (NWF) Executive Director Carly Bad Heart Bull, JD (Flandreau Santee) was honored to be featured in Atmos’ recent article regarding the fight for Indigenous data sovereignty. Writer Kate Nelson delves into the topic of how false data is just...
Our Mission & Vision
Our Mission is to activate and expand informed giving to Native-led nonprofits in Indian Country through donor education and advocacy. We Envision a thriving Native-led nonprofit sector, championing a diverse community rooted in Indigenous values and ways of being.