April 2017
Native Americans in Philanthropy's Monthly Newsletter
A Message from our CEO:  

Dear Mitakyapi ("Relatives" in the Lakota language and is a traditional greeting)
Cante Waste ya Nape Ciyu zape ye ("I shake your hand with a good heart"). In Lakota philosophy, we believe we are all related. I also believe our solutions are also related. With that wholistic foundation, we at Native Americans in Philanthropy have engaged in innovative philanthropic practices by partnering with celebrity influencers and utilizing social media as a tool to raise visibility of our untold history, as well as highlighting of best practices in movement building partnerships through our regional convenings and our annual summit.

Read the full CEO Message here.
Wopila (deep gratitude), 
Sarah Eagle Heart 
 Follow me on Twitter! @ms_eagleheart 

#GenIndigenous Regional Funder Convenings
- San Francisco & Seattle
In partnership with My Brother's Keeper, our #GenIndigenous Regional Convenings provide philanthropy the opportunity to learn more from grassroots nonprofits who have had success in tackling gaps and disparities by building on community assets through traditional knowledge, well-being and resilience, advocacy, workforce development, environment, health, juvenile justice and leadership development. Our first convenings will be held in San Francisco and Seattle in April. Register today!

GenIndigenous Response Fund awards ten grantees 
Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) is excited to announce the first round of Generation Indigenous (#GenIndigenous) Response Fund grantees! The #GenIndigenous Response Fund was established in December 2016 in support of youth organizing and activism responding to current movements, such as Standing Rock, in ways that build long-term power for Native American youth. Read the full press release here
GenIndigenous Community of Practice Webinar: Session 3
NAP's Community of Practice provides peer-to-peer learning opportunities for organizations working with Native youth. This third session on May 4th at 1pm EST will continue to collect shared experiences and best practices from attendees and solidifying the group selected resource sharing strategies. Register here

Invisible No More: Native Movement Building on May 6th!   
NAP's Invisible No More: Native Movement Building summit and celebration will feature Dr. Bob Ross of The California Endowment, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, Twila True, America Ferrera, Max & Vicki Kennedy, Ty Stiklorius, Ernie Stevens, Jr., and Holly Cook Macarro, along with 150+ allies on May 6th at The Underground Museum in Los Angeles. The event will be grounded by a "Movement of Movements" theme and feature critical conversations around movement-building, youth advocacy, and Native issues and innovations in Indian Country. Learn more here .
2017 UNITY Summit Call for Ideas!
This isn't just a call for ideas, it's a call for Investing in Movements for Equity.The UNITY Summit Organizers want to hear from you. We invite you to submit a GREAT idea for the 2017 UNITY Summit program line-up that aligns with our theme, goals, frame and issue areas. Submit here.  

San Manuel Yawa' awards honor four nonprofits 
Each year, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians renews hope for four nonprofits that epitomize charitable giving, changing lives daily. Read the full article here.

HIPGivers 2017: 33 Portraits of Latino Giving   
In the U.S., Latinos are often portrayed as takers. But in fact, Latinos are some of the most generous among us. We're artists, philanthropists, musicians, caretakers, public servants, athletes, and so much more. HIPGivers 2017 offers 33 portraits of some of the brightest givers and leaders in the Latino community. View the portraits here.

Nevada Native Youth Aim to Create Youth Councils 
About a dozen Native youth in Nevada recently made a commitment to create youth councils in their communities. Read about the commitments here.

NoVo Foundation Launches Strategy to Supp ort and Deepen the Movement for Girls of Color in the United States
Directly informed by girls of color, NoVo seeks partners and grantees to build the field of advocates and activists working to address the specific needs of girls of color. Read the full article here

3 Reasons Why Indigenous Students Merit More Philanthropic Investment
Since inception, the Johnson Scholarship Foundation has invested in the lives Indigenous Peoples. Our Founder believed they got a "raw deal" and thought it fair to give back to the communities and people who - through no fault of their own - do not have the same opportunities for success. Read the full blog post here.

US Labor Department announces the availability of nearly $500K in grants to help Native Hawaiians, Alaska Native youth develop STEM job skills
The U.S. Department of Labor announces the availability of $497,000 in funding to serve Native Hawaiian and Alaskan Native youth and young adults, ages 14-24, to develop skills needed for high-growth, in-demand occupations and industries. Learn more and apply here.

Native Nations Rise March: A Powerful, Emotional Uprising for Indigenous Rights Indigenous people from around the world gathered to promote sovereignty, resistance, respect, justice and love at the Native Nations Rise March. Read about the march here.

Yes, Men's Giving Circles Exist! How Guys Are Stepping Up to Give Locally
Women are the networking superstars of the philanthropy world. They're coming together to pool ideas, energy, and funds to make things happen more than ever lately. Not only are women's funds thriving around the U.S., but so are women's giving circles. Read the full article here

Through Hell or High Water: The #FundSouth Movement is Strong
Foundations have had an "on again, off again" love affair with the South. Funding there tends to be short-term and typically in response to a natural disaster, a national crisis or an election, but some significant infrastructure has been laid to coordinate and expand opportunities for sustained foundation giving. Read more here.
San Francisco, CA | April 18
Funders are invited to join us at Northern California Grantmakers to connect with our #GenIndigenous work and local Native youth programs.

Racism in Philanthropy: Effective Practices for Grantmakers
Online 2pm EST | April 21
Join this brave conversation about the role racism has in perpetuating the disparities we're working together to eliminate. 

Northwest #GenIndigenous Regional Convening
Seattle, WA | April 28
Funders are invited to join us at the Seattle Foundation to connect with our #GenIndigenous work and local Native youth programs. 

Online 1pm EST | May 4
Join current leaders, staff, supporters and advocates for Native youth development for this peer-to-peer webinar learning series. 
Los Angeles, CA | May 6
Save the date for NAP's Summit and Celebration!

Headwaters Change Makers Gala
Minneapolis, MN | May 17
Headwaters' Change Makers Gala on Wednesday, May 17, to celebrate leaders and communities that are building power and advancing equity and justice.
More events on our website !
Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute June 11-23, 2017
Oscar Howe's artwork is a treasure and the University of South Dakota is pleased to have the opportunity to share his work with the next generation of artists during the Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute (OHSAI). Apply here.

Cherokee Nation Summer Youth Employment Program Applications Available
The Cherokee Nation is now accepting applications for its Summer Youth Employment Program, which provides valuable work experience for about 600 Native youth each year. Learn more here.

Funding Opportunity: The Defending the Dream Fund RFP
In response to these challenging times, the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, in partnership with the General Service Foundation, launched the Defending the Dream Fund. Learn more about the fund here.

Listen for Good 2017 Call for Applications
Listen for Good is a grant initiative of Fund for Shared Insight that seeks to help nonprofits build the practice of high-quality feedback loops with their clients, the people they serve. Submit applications here.

Forward Promise: Call for Proposals
Forward Promise, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, established to promote the health of boys and young men of color (BYMOC), is pleased to announce the release of its new Call for Proposals - Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects. Learn more here

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