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July/August '17
NAP CONNECTIONS
Native Americans in Philanthropy's Monthly Newsletter
NAP NEWS
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"). This has been an incredible month of growth and opportunity for Native Americans in Philanthropy. We are opening a new office in Los Angeles at The California Endowment and we just received news that I am the 2017 recipient of the American Express NGen Leadership Award!
 
I could not be more honored to receive this recognition representing Native Americans in Philanthropy and the work I have done in partnership with so many incredible individuals and organizations. This award is not just about me, but I consider this award a recognition for Indian Country. My world view as an Oglala Lakota has informed every part of my work today. I am here because I stand on the shoulders of my elders and ancestors. The only reason I do what I do is because of love for tribe and community, as I was taught to help my people is the most important accomplishment.

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


Sarah Eagle Heart to Receive 2017 American Express NGen Leadership Award 
Independent Sector is thrilled to announce that Sarah Eagle Heart, Oglala Lakota, CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy is the recipient of the 2017 American Express NGen Leadership Award.

Sarah is receiving the award as an emerging leader under age 40 who has already demonstrated significant impact in addressing society's critical needs. She has a diverse set of experiences crossing corporate, faith, and nonprofit organizations, but is also known for her focused advocacy for tribal communities and the role philanthropy plays in solving the biggest issues facing indigenous peoples. Help us in congratulating Sarah and learn more about this amazing award here


National Funder Strategy Call: August 2017
NAP invites all funders interested in learning and/or sharing how their foundations are engaging Native American issues to join us for our next National Funder Strategy Call.

Our August 8th at 1pm EST call will focus on Native youth organizing featuring guest speaker Geneva Wiki, Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands Program Manager for the Building Healthy Communities Initiative at The California Endowment Geneva will discuss her work in the northwest corner of California and our upcoming Funder tour with The California Endowment. BHC is 7 years into a 10-year, $1 billion initiative to create health equity for Californians by building resident power to change systems and policies. Email jfairbanks@nativephilanthropy.org for registration information.  


NAP is growing!
 
We're growing! Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) is excited to announce the opening of an office in Los Angeles, California! Working with the Minneapolis office, this addition will bring many new and exciting opportunities to engage more closely to the work happening on the ground and to strengthen our national outreach. Together, these offices will continue building connections between grantmakers and Native organizations and communities by engaging and educating philanthropic leaders about the issues facing Native communities across the country. Two offices will also increase NAP's visibility, activity, and accessibility to different movements and our network of members, partners, and allies.

To better serve the network, we are also expanding our team! We are looking for great people to join our work in  promoting reciprocity and investment in, with and for Native peoples to build healthy and sustainable communities. We encourage highly motivated, talented, and dynamic individuals to apply for the following position at our new L.A. office:   
Help us find the right candidates  by spreading the word! Share with your networks and encourage anyone you think may be interested to apply. 


SAVE THE DATE: October Northern California Funder Tour with The California Endowment 
In the far northwest corner of California, Del Norte County is home to redwood forests, pristine coastline and 4 federally recognized tribes. One of The California Endowment's (TCE) 14 Building Healthy communities sites, come visit a place-based initiative just over the halfway mark with the goal of creating health equity. What can building youth and people power look like in rural and Tribal contexts?
 
In a community with limited access to resources, grappling with educational inequities across race and socio-economics, there is a story of hope and power building as youth and families come together to build meaningful relationships and create systems change. Through the work of Generation Indigenous (#GenIndigenous), together we can elevate key issues and address the pressing needs of Native youth with culturally comprehensive approaches. Funders will have the opportunity to engage in community workshops, visit local tribal lands, and hear from tribal and rural Native youth.
 
Join NAP and TCE this
October 5-7th for the #GenIndigenous Northern California Funder Tour. Watch nativephilanthropy.org for registration details.
 
  
2017 Unity Summit: Investing in Movements for Equity 
Resist. United to resist forces of injustice, intolerance, and prejudice; the promotion of inequitable practices and policies. Supporting real structural and institutional CHANGE by shifting philanthropy energy and efforts towards a more inclusive and just society.
 
Protect. Secure, invest, preserve and protect the power, advocacy and lived experiences of diverse communities against infringement. Honoring gifts and cultivating qualities of individuals to expand human capital for social impact to lead movements that advance CHANGE through equity.
 
Empower. Inclusive collective engagement and facilitative process for problem-solving and decision-making which honors the wisdom of diverse communities in organizing to build collective power, a bold vision, and movement towards a shared goal to empower real CHANGE.

NAP members receive a discounted rate! Register now!
 
 

Relive #InvisibleNoMore
 
Join the #MovementofMovements to build power across communities and relive the summit and celebration with us here

Invisible No More: Native Movement Building 2017 
Invisible No More: Native Movement Building 2017

NAP Indigenous Advocacy and Educational Videos 
"We are not a racial category. We are citizens of sovereign nations." Watch as we discuss Native American and Indigenous Peoples history, rights, and issues here. Featuring footage from the 2017 Women's March on Washington and Indigenous Women Rise. 

MEMBER NEWS
Welcoming Ana Marie Argilagos as HIP's New President
Hispanics in Philanthropy announced today that its board of trustees has unanimously chosen Ana Marie Argilagos as the organization's president. Ana Marie, currently a senior advisor at the Ford Foundation, will succeed Diana Campoamor, HIP's current president, on January 1, 2018. Read more about Ana Marie and her new role here
 
Common Future 2017 scholarships available  
One of the sector's greatest assets is its incredible diversity. For the conference to be successful, it will be essential for the sector's diversity -- including geographic diversity -- to be vibrantly reflected in its attendees.
The Bush Foundation -- in partnership with Independent Sector, the Council of Michigan Foundations, and the Michigan Nonprofit Association -- is proud to offer scholarships to staff of small and medium-sized nonprofits in MN, ND and SD who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend. Apply online here. Deadline is Aug. 4!

NoVo Foundation Launches Radical Hope Fund  
Global call for bold, transformative projects advancing social justice
In a time of darkness and division, Fund to provide leaders 'room to dream'. The NoVo Foundation announced The Radical Hope Fund, a new $20 million, four-year commitment to support bold and transformative social justice work across the globe. Read the full press release here.

Trump's Anti-Trans Statements & The Philanthropic Community
President Donald Trump tweeted that, at his direction as Commander in Chief, the United States will no longer "accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military." Funders for LGBTQ Issues strongly condemns this discriminatory and ill-informed statement as a baseless attack on transgender people. While the implications and legality of his statement remain unclear, if enacted it would make our country less safe. It is wrong and cruel for the president to single out transgender people for differential treatment - just as it has been wrong and cruel for him to target immigrants, Muslims, and other vulnerable communities. Read the full statement here.

NAP Board Members on equity, education, affinity groups, and impact 

Matt Morton, Equitable Education Portfolio Director at Meyer Memorial Trust Memorial Trust, and Edgar Villanueva, Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education for Meyer Voices. Read the full blog here.

Improving tribal health and business - one veggie at a time  WKKF Logo
What does innovation look like in food systems? Learn how Choctaw Fresh Produce teaches traditional farming practices and reclaims food sovereignty while building a successful business. Learn more here.  
 
PHILANTHROPY NEWS
Council on Foundations and Foundation Center Release First-Ever Report on International Giving by U.S. Community Foundations
A first-of-its kind analysis of international grantmaking by large U.S. community foundations was released today by the Council on Foundations and Foundation Center. Local Communities with Global Reach: International Giving by U.S. Community Foundations shows that international grantmaking is becoming more common among U.S. community foundations, which traditionally make grants in locally-bound geographic communities. Read more and access the report here.

New Report Finds Little Change in Proportions of Women and Minorities on Foundation Staffs
Despite concerted efforts by the field to advance more diverse, inclusive, and equitable recruitment and retention practices, the proportions of women and racial/ethnic minorities on foundation staff and at the most senior levels of leadership has changed very little over the past five and 10 years, finds a new report from the Council on Foundations. Learn more here.

Grotto Foundation, Inc. Awards 30 Grants Totaling $813,807
Grotto Foundation, Inc. approved $813,807 in grants to 26 nonprofits serving Minnesota and surrounding states during its most recent fiscal year. Starting in 2016, Grotto Foundation began reevaluating their funding priorities. Prior to then, Grotto Foundation had actively supported Early Childhood Development programs for nearly a decade and Native language revitalization efforts for over 15 years. Learn more about their grantees here

Cannon Ball raises funds for new Youth Sports Complex
Located near the banks of the Missouri River in Cannon Ball is a small, deteriorating basketball court. "(The court) definitely needs work," said Zy'aeria Johnson, 15, who attends high school in Florida but spends her summers in Cannon Ball with her mother, Alisa White Eagle. Read the full story and learn how to donate here.
EVENTS
National Funder Strategy Call
Webinar | August 8 @ 1pm EST
Join NAP and guest Geneva Wiki from The California Endowment on Native youth organizing. Email jfairbanks@nativephilanthropy.org for registration. 
 
UNITY Summit
New Orleans, LA | September 18-22
#UNITY2017 Investing in Movements for Equity will highlight how philanthropy can align its investments along the themes of Resistance, Protection, and Empowerment.

SAVE THE DATE: Northern California Funder Tour
Del Norte County, CA | October 5-7
Join NAP and The California Endowment in Northern California as we explore stories of hope and power building. Watch nativephilanthropy.org for registration.

Our Common Future
Detroit, MI | October 25-27, 2017
In 2017, Independent Sector is proud to partner with the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Michigan Nonprofit Association for an incredible event that will harness the creativity, inspiration, and energy of the entire charitable sector.
 
 
More events on our website !
RESOURCES
Apply for Nike Community Impact Fund Grant!
This Gen-I Native Opportunities Weekly (NOW) message shares information about the Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF) Grants! Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF) is offering annual grants of $5,000-$10,000 to eligible organizations that give Native youth positive experiences through physical activity, sport and play to help unleash their potential. Learn more and apply here.

Bay Area Based, US Southwest Focused, Co-sponsored by The Christensen Fund and Confluence Philanthropy
The PRI Program Fellow, supporting a pilot program at the Christensen Fund, will offer an early- to mid-career professional with strong Indigenous connections a unique opportunity to a) deeply learn about philanthropy thru extensive hands-on Program Related Investment (PRI) capital deployment experience, to b) help develop funder (PRI) networks focused on Native America with an emphasis on the US Southwest, and to c) support Christensen and Confluence Philanthropy in this work. Learn how to apply here