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 supporter and advocate for Native Nonprofit Day.

“In the eyes of many philanthropic leaders, Indigenous peoples in North America remain invisible day to day,” stated First Nations Development Institute President and CEO Mike Roberts (Tlingit). “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.” 

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 and community institutions, advancing household and community asset-building strategies, supporting Indigenous foods, and stewarding Native lands.  

Donate here to strengthen Native economies!