April 2016
Native Americans in Philanthropy's Monthly Newsletter
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A Message from our CEO:   
Dear Relatives,

Cante Waste ya Nape Ciyu zape ye ("I shake your hand with a good heart" in Lakota). In support of the NAP vision and mission, we're looking for Network Weavers to help in facilitating the growth and connectivity of a regional network of organizations and individuals. The primary goals for this position are to promote relationships among new and potential members in the region, promote NAP programs and membership benefits, and to support NAP regional offerings on the ground. You can view the full job posting here. The deadline has been extended to April 11th.

We're closing in on our final months until the 11th Annual Philanthropy Institute in San Diego at the Catamaran Resort & Spa on May 25-27. If you haven't already booked your hotel for the conference, your last day to receive the NAP discount is May 3rd. Book your accommodations here. You can find information on our featured sessions and plenaries and list of registered attendees on the conference page here.

Lastly, Elaine Rasmussen has moved on from her position at Native Americans in Philanthropy. We wish Elaine well in her next steps and journey. For questions related to the Philanthropy Institute, please contact Carrie Day Aspinwall, Special Projects Consultant, at programs@nativephilanthropy.org.

Wopila (deep gratitude), 
Sarah Eagle Heart 
Follow me on Twitter! @ms_eagleheart 

Blandin Foundation awards $2.8 million in grants
Du ring their spring meeting March 17 and 18, Blandin Foundation trustees approved 91 grants totaling $2.8 million that strength en rural Minnesota communities. Learn more here.

California Endowment's CEO has made Americas Top 25 Most Influential Philanthropy Experts list
AMERICA'S Top 25 Most Influential Philanthropy Experts
The Business of Giving Newsletter published by Philanthropy Media, released its Top 25 list of the most influential philanthropy experts last week. View the full list here
NoVo Foundation Announces $90 Million Investment in Girls and Young Women of Color Across the United States
The NoVo Foundation is set to Kick Off Regional learning sessions to hear directly from girls and young women of color, and their advocates, on what they need to grow the movement. Read the full article here
Nominate a Leader by April 29, 2016
The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards recognize and support individuals who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues. Learn more about the awards here.  
2016 Nonprofits, Leadership and Race Survey
The Building Movement Project is conducting a national survey on Nonprofits, Leadership and Race. Open to anyone working in the nonprofit sector, this confidential survey asks about your own experiences, views on leadership, and perspectives on diversity in the sector. Your responses will help researchers understand the supports and barriers that nonprofit staff members face as they increase their leadership. The survey should take about 15-20 minutes to fill out. Take the survey here!  

Election 2016: Native Americans Are Gearing Up to Be Heard
In this season of intense, sometimes rabid political debate, Native Americans have been largely ignored by mainstream news media. They attract scant public attention and receive only the occasional nod from major presidential candidates. Read the full article here.
Midwest Convening on Racial Equity
Chicago, IL | April 25, 2016  
The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), the Center for Social Inclusion, and Communities United are pleased to announce a Midwest Convening on Racial Equity that will bring together people from government, community organizations, and leaders from across the Midwest region who are strategically adopted cutting edge tools and strategies that leverage the power of government to advance racial equity and increase success for all our communities.
Lima, Peru | October 25-27, 2016
IFIP is organizing The Latin America Indigenous Funders Conference. This conference is uniquely positioned to bring together philanthropists, donor agencies and Indigenous communities in Latin America. The Conference will be a unique event that will bring leaders from the Indigenous, donor, and corporate worlds to the same table.  

11th Annual Philanthropy Institute: REGISTER NOW!
May 25-27, 2016
Catamaran Resort & Spa
San Diego, CA

More events on our website !
NoVo is hiring a Program Officer!
The NoVo Foundation is hiring a Program Officer to manage our work to end commercial sexual exploitation. This new position is housed within the foundation's Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women. Learn how to apply here.

NAP Members can download this Page to Practice™ book summary for FREE thanks to NAP's partnership with CausePlanet. Click here to learn more.

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CausePlanet Page to Practice™ blog features:

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