Join us in celebrating our first
Native Nonprofit Day on May 20, 2022!
Native Ways Federation (NWF) is launching our first Native Nonprofit Day on May 20, 2022! Native Nonprofit Day is a giving initiative aimed at increasing support for Native-led organizations nationwide. We’re inviting all Native-led nonprofits, foundations, individuals, and other allies to join us!
We define “Native-led” and “Native-controlled” nonprofits as organizations with at least 51% of the board of directors and leadership team identifying as American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian. We also advocate for Native-led organizations whose programs predominantly serve tribes, Native communities, and peoples in tribal and/or off-reservation communities.
Native-led nonprofits are systemically underfunded. According to the Investing in Native Communities project, large foundations have allocated less than half a percent of their total annual grantmaking to Native communities since 2006. The percentage allocated to Native-led and Native-serving organizations is likely much lower. NWF is working to change this through Native Nonprofit Day and other education and advocacy initiatives. Native Nonprofit Day is also an opportunity for donors and foundations to learn about our amazing Native-led nonprofits and contribute to our groundbreaking work.
This campaign encourages donors to give to nonprofits directly through Native-led organizations’ donate pages or through their own fundraisers. We are not accepting donations meant for other Native-led nonprofits.
Native-controlled organizations are invited to dedicate May to raising awareness of the importance of supporting Native-led, culminating in Native Nonprofit Day! Individuals and foundations are also welcome to help advocate for Native nonprofits. This annual giving event seeks to reduce the funding inequities our organizations face. We encourage all Native-led nonprofits to use #NativeNonprofitDay, #GiveNative, & #SupportNativeLed in their fundraising efforts leading up to and on Native Nonprofit Day.
While we invite non-Native foundations and non-Native-controlled nonprofits to join us in uplifting Native-led nonprofits throughout May, we request that they refrain from fundraising for non-Native organizations using Native Nonprofit Day materials. Native Ways Federation will not be vetting organizations that participate in Native Nonprofit Day as this is a public campaign. We ask that our materials be used to ethically promote funding equity for Native-controlled nonprofits. We do not condone non-Native nonprofits utilizing our campaign posts and graphics to fundraise for their organizations.
NWF would like to thank our donors for making this groundbreaking Native-led advocacy campaign possible. We would also like to thank Google for collaborating with us on Native Nonprofit Day and for donating our NativeNonprofit.Day domain. Finally, we are grateful to our founding members for uplifting giving in Indian Country.
Native Nonprofit Day News
Celebrating the first-ever Native Nonprofit Day!
Native Ways Federation (NWF) is thrilled to host our first Native Nonprofit Day on May 20! Native Nonprofit Day aims to increase support for Native-controlled nonprofits. We have encouraged all Native-led nonprofits, foundations, individuals, and other allies to join us, recognizing that everyone can participate in uplifting the Native nonprofit sector.
Systemic funding inequities facing Native-led nonprofits have been a longstanding problem. According to the Investing in Native Communities project, large foundations have allocated less than half a percent of their total annual grantmaking to Native communities since 2006. The percentage allocated to Native-led and Native-serving organizations is likely much lower. A report by the First Nations Development Institute found that funding to Native organizations declined by $35 million between 2006 and 2014. The Native Nonprofit Day campaign is an opportunity to celebrate the important work being done by Native-led nonprofits while also highlighting systemic funding disparities.
NWF was founded in 2008 by a group of seven national Native-led nonprofits to activate and expand informed giving in Indian Country. We are committed to accomplishing this through donor education and advocacy, which includes our Native Nonprofit Day campaign. Our founding members include the American Indian College Fund, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the Association on American Indian Affairs, the First Nations Development Institute, the National Indian Child Welfare Association, the Native American Rights Fund, and Running Strong for American Indian Youth. We strengthen the circle of giving by uniting the Native nonprofit sector, advocating for Native nonprofits, and influencing philanthropy.
We recognize that Native-led organizations have the solutions to the issues our communities are facing. We know our strengths and are best positioned to help our people. The systemic funding inequities our organizations face make it harder to implement Native-led solutions. Investing in Native-led nonprofits is the best way to enhance the positive change our organizations are already creating.
NWF would like to thank our donors for making this groundbreaking Native-led advocacy campaign possible. We would also like to thank Google for collaborating with us on Native Nonprofit Day and for donating our NativeNonprofit.Day domain. Finally, we are grateful to our founding members for uplifting giving in Indian Country, and for doing the work to ensure that our Native communities and families, including the future generations, can thrive.
Celebrating the American Indian Science &
“Native-led nonprofits are creating change in our communities every day. We understand our people, our histories, and our present-day goals. Investing in Native-led nonprofits supports Native-led solutions. Supporting our organizations is an investment in future generations of Indigenous Excellence.” – American Indian Science and Engineering Society Chief Executive Officer Sarah EchoHawk (Pawnee)
We are dedicating today to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)! Founded in 1977, AISES is committed to widening the Native science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. In addition to providing 45 years of supporting Native students and professionals, AISES is also a founding organization of Native Ways Federation!
AISES promotes the highest standards of education and professional excellence. With support offered from pre-Kindergarten to post-graduation careers, AISES is committed to increasing Indigenous representation in STEM across Turtle Island.
AISES currently has 5,900 individual members, 230 pre-college schools, 196 chartered college and university chapters, 18 professional chapters, and three tribal chapters. The organization has awarded nearly $12 million in scholarships and provides internships, professional development, career resources, national and regional conferences, leadership development summits, and more.
Donate today to be part of the Indigenous excellence movement!
Celebrating the Association on American Indian Affairs!
“Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples are diverse – there are 574 federally recognized Native Nations and about 400 other Tribes, Bands and Communities that call the lands in the U.S. their homelands. National Native-led organizations possess true legitimacy to address and advocate for the diverse issues in Indian Country.” – Association on American Indian Affairs Chief Executive and Attorney Shannon O’Loughlin (Choctaw)
Join us in celebrating the Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA), the oldest nonprofit dedicated to serving Indian Country! AAIA is focused on protecting tribal sovereignty, preserving culture, educating Native youth, and building capacity.
Formed in 1922, AAIA has been dedicated to changing the destructive path of federal policy. From assimilation, termination and allotment, to sovereignty, self-determination, and self-sufficiency, AAIA has defended Native rights throughout its 100-year history. The organization continues to provide national advocacy supporting sovereignty and culture, while also working at a grassroots level with Tribes to support the implementation of programs that impact real lives on the ground.
In keeping with their efforts to protect the sacred, AAIA holds an annual Repatriation Conference. The Association has advocated for the protection of sacred cultural items for the last century. This has included the development of the National Museum of the American Indian Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the Safeguarding Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act, and other legislation that supports the return and protection of Native cultural heritage. AAIA also provides training and technical assistance and is involved with the repatriation of private collections both domestically and internationally from institutions, individuals, and auctions.
We are proud that AAIA is one of NWF’s founding members. Donate today to contribute to AAIA’s next 100 years of protecting Native culture, sovereignty, and self-sufficiency!
Celebrating First Nations Development Institute!
“In the eyes of many philanthropic leaders, Indigenous peoples in North America remain invisible day to day. Native Nonprofit Day is another reminder that we are indeed here, and it is time we draw attention to the disparity in overall gift-giving to Native nonprofit groups.” – First Nations Development Institute President & CEO Mike Roberts (Tlingit)
Today, we are highlighting the First Nations Development Institute (FNDI)! FNDI improves economic conditions for Native people through direct financial grants, technical assistance and training, and advocacy and policy. We are proud that FNDI is one of Native Ways Federation’s founding organizations!
FNDI seeks to strengthen economies to support healthy Native communities. They invest in and create innovative institutions and models that support Native economic development. The organization is focused on achieving Native financial empowerment, investing in Native youth, strengthening tribal & community institutions, advancing household & community asset-building strategies, supporting Indigenous foods, and stewarding Native lands.
Donate here to strengthen Native economies!
Celebrating the Native American Rights Fund!
“All our nonprofits need to take flight. Native-led nonprofits stand ready to make positive change.”
– Native American Rights Fund Executive Director John Echohawk (Pawnee).
Join us in celebrating the Native American Rights Fund (NARF)! NARF is the oldest, largest nonprofit legal organization defending the rights of Native tribes, organizations, and people. NARF is also one of NWF’s founding members!
Founded in 1970, NARF has helped more than 275 tribes and tens of thousands of Native people. Some of its many focus areas include protecting and establishing the inherent sovereignty of tribes, obtaining official tribal recognition for numerous Native nations, helping tribes continue their ancient traditions by protecting their rights to hunt, fish, and use the water on their lands, upholding Native religious freedom, assuring the return of remains and burial goods from museums and historical societies for proper and dignified re-burial, and protecting voting rights of Natives across the country.
The Native American Rights Fund has improved countless lives. Donate here to support their groundbreaking work!
Celebrating the American Indian College Fund!
“Organizations like the founding members of Native Ways Federation are community-connected, supporting our own people’s dreams, and lifting up the work of people whose hearts and minds are closely tied to our well-being and prosperity. Supporting Native nonprofits directly ensures the highest, best use of resources and empowers the very people whose lives are transformed by our support.” – American Indian College Fund President and CEO Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota)
We’re proud to highlight one of our founding organizations…the American Indian College Fund! The College Fund is dedicated to supporting Native students in pursuing and completing higher education. To that end, the American Indian College Fund invests in Native students and tribal colleges to transform lives and communities.
For more than 30 years, the College Fund has been the United States’ largest charity supporting Native students’ access to higher education. Countless lives have been changed through scholarships, programming to encourage Natives to pursue higher education, and support and tools for students to succeed once they are there.
Donate today to help change Native lives!
Celebrating the National Indian Child Welfare Association!
“As a founding partner of the Native Ways Federation, the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is pleased to celebrate the first Native Nonprofit Day on May 20, 2022,” said NICWA Executive Director Sarah Kastelic (Alutiiq). “In our work dedicated to the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native children, culture is our strongest resource for helping families. Effective child welfare practice serving Native children and families requires culturally relevant resources and methods of delivery. As Native Nonprofit Day exemplifies, Native-led nonprofits are best positioned to draw on our culture to meet the needs of our children, families, and communities.”
Join us in celebrating the work of the National Indian Child Welfare Association!
NICWA provides essential training, advocacy, education, and more to increase the well-being of Native children. They are dedicated to ensuring every Native child has access to community-based, culturally appropriate services that help them grow up safe, healthy, and spiritually strong—free from abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation, and the damaging effects of substance abuse. NICWA is the most comprehensive source of information on American Indian/Alaska Native child welfare.
Please consider donating to support NICWA’s important work!
Celebrating Running Strong for American Indian Youth!
“Native-led Nonprofits are critical when it comes to addressing the needs of Native people and creating stronger communities. With Native American people in these positions of influence and power in the nonprofit sector, we will see positive change across the country.” — Running Strong for American Indian Youth Executive Director Sydney Mills Farhang (Oglala Lakota).
Today we’re celebrating Running Strong, one of Native Ways Federation’s founding members! Running Strong for American Indian Youth is committed to strengthening the next generation of Native leaders. The organization is also dedicated to preserving Native culture, helping tribal communities, and inspiring Indigenous youth.
Running Strong is making a difference through dynamic programming. They are focused on clean running water, organic community gardens and healthy food box programs, emergency utilities and home repair assistance, cultural and language revitalization, and investment in the futures of Native youth.
Donate here to support Running Strong’s mission!
Native Nonprofit Day Campaign Launches
The Native Ways Federation (NWF) is excited to launch its inaugural Native Nonprofit Day campaign. Native Nonprofit Day is a giving campaign aimed at increasing support for Native-controlled nonprofits. NWF encourages all Native-led nonprofits, foundations, individuals, and other allies to join us in uplifting the Native nonprofit sector this May.
“Native-led organizations have the solutions to the issues our communities are facing. We know our strengths and are best positioned to help our people,” said NWF Executive Director Carly Bad Heart Bull, JD (Flandreau Santee). “The Native Nonprofit Day campaign is an opportunity to celebrate the work being done by Native-led nonprofits while also supplementing our organizations’ ongoing fundraising efforts.”
While we encourage non-Native foundations and non-Native-controlled nonprofits to join us in uplifting Native-led nonprofits throughout May, we request that they refrain from fundraising for non-Native organizations using Native Nonprofit Day materials. Native Ways Federation will not be vetting organizations that participate in Native Nonprofit Day as this is a public campaign. We ask that our materials be used to ethically promote funding equity for Native-controlled nonprofits. We do not condone non-Native nonprofits utilizing our campaign posts and graphics to fundraise for their organizations.