Blog Series with Charity Navigator highlights the work of Native-led non-profits

November 20, 2020 — Native Ways Federation Executive Director, Carly Bad Heart Bull, recently contributed to a blog post featured on Charity Navigator’s website highlighting the importance of supporting Native-controlled organizations this Native American Heritage Month and beyond:

“The answers to addressing the systemic inequities of this nation can be found by listening to the voices and leaders from the communities that have been most impacted by them. Organizations that are led by and for communities of color and Indigenous people are on the frontlines of addressing the harm caused by, and dismantling, the oppressive systems their communities face every day.  The field of philanthropy needs to support them in this incredibly important work across the nation.”

– Carly Bad Heart Bull (Flandreau Santee Sioux tribal citizen and Executive Director of Native Ways Federation)

The Series

Giving to Native-led Nonprofits: Native American Heritage Month and Beyond. November’s blog was the first in an ongoing collaboration with Native Ways Federation.

The American Indian College Fund: A legacy of educating future Native leaders. December’s blog was written by Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota), Native Ways Federation Board Secretary and American Indian College Fund President and CEO. Crazy Bull highlights how College Fund scholars are preparing to support their communities and address inequity that has been highlighted and intensified by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Battle to be Heard: Preserving the Native American Vote by John Echohawk, Native Ways Federation Board Member and Native American Rights Fund (NARF) Executive Director. Echohawk discusses how federal, state and local policies and practices suppress the Native vote. NARF’s work and success in challenging discriminatory systems demonstrate the importance of supporting Native-led organizations.

We will update this page as the series continues.