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Native Ways Federation

We strengthen the circle of giving by uniting Native organizations, supporting Native communities, and observing the highest level of ethical standards.


About Us

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:

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

Celebrating the Impact of the First Nations Development Institute

Celebrating the Impact of the First Nations Development Institute

The First Nations Development Institute (FNDI) improves economic conditions for Native people through direct financial grants, technical assistance and training, and advocacy and policy. FNDI is one of Native Ways Federation’s founding organizations and a fellow...

Highlighting the American Indian College Fund

Highlighting the American Indian College Fund

The American Indian College Fund is dedicated to supporting Native students in pursuing and completing higher education. To that end, they invests in Native students and Tribal colleges to transform lives and communities.  For more than 30 years, the College Fund has...

Our Mission

The mission of the NWF is three-fold: (1) strengthen the circle of giving by uniting Native organizations to raise awareness and support for the communities we serve; (2) better serve Native communities by becoming more effective Native nonprofit organizations; and (3) ensure that nonprofit organizations working on behalf of Native communities observe the highest levels of ethical standards and fiscal responsibility. Native Ways Federation is dedicated to uplifting, supporting, and advocating for the Native nonprofit sector. We are strengthening the circle of giving through our work in promoting more equitable philanthropy in support of Native-led solutions. NWF is based on the idea that the challenges facing Indian Country demand that nonprofits serving this population hold themselves accountable to the highest standards.