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 2006 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

NWF Executive Director named MN Attorney of the Year

NWF Executive Director named MN Attorney of the Year

People who contributed to the Bde Maka Ska name restoration include, pictured clockwise from upper left, Max Kieley, Liz Kramer (Circle of Excellence honoree), Carly Bad Heart Bull and Christina Brown. Not pictured are Sherry Enzler and Fiona Ruthven. February 26,...

Career Opportunity: Marketing and Communications Consultant

Career Opportunity: Marketing and Communications Consultant

Position: Marketing and Communications Consultant Reports to: Executive Director Schedule: Flexible Job Type: Contract, up to 20 hours per week Location: Remote Compensation: $20-30 per hour depending on qualifications Benefits: Not benefits eligible Start Date:...

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. NWF is unique in that it is the only federation in the country directly serving Native nonprofits that assist Native peoples and communities in Indian Country. 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.