March 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). As we enter spring, Native Americans in Philanthropy  (NAP) has been focused on Philanthropy Institute "Raising Impact with Native Voices" on May 25-27, 2016 in San Diego, CA on focusing on Impact, Advocacy, Civic Engagement and Economic Development.

This conference will be quite different from our previous endeavors, in that it is entirely focused on the intersections of philanthropy focusing on an issue driven framework for impact investing. We are inviting funders, tribal philanthropy and tribal leaders to hear about the work of our Native community partners, as well as tying it into the work our Native funder partners to leverage resources and collective partnerships.

We have confirmed speakers:
In addition to this work, we are also hosting gatherings of working groups and networks:
  • Generation Indigenous - sharing the collective work of philanthropic sector on the White House Initiative Generation Indigenous (Gen-I).
  • Native Elected Officials - working group of Native elected officials (including state, city and tribally elected), who will also learn about the current work at the intersection of public policy and philanthropy.
  • Tribal Philanthropy - A facilitated dialog with decision-makers in tribal giving programs to discuss tribal philanthropy trends, challenges and opportunities.
  • Native Program Officers - More information to come.
Lastly, our Program Manager Kathy Forliti has moved on from Native Americans in Philanthropy as of February 29. Kathy has served in a variety of capacities at NAP over the past six years including: intern, administrative assistant, program associate and program manager. We thank Kathy for service to NAP membership and wish her all the best in the future.

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

First Peoples Fund Community Spirit Awards
First Peoples Fund has opened nominations for the  2017 Community Spirit Awards, and we want to hear from you. Nominate an artist today.

Growing an Endowment Toward the Art of Reciprocity: Exploring the Tiwahe Foundation
With a focus on cultural revitalization, educational advancement, and entrepreneurial efforts, Tiwahe empowers American Indian individuals to make choices about what their community most needs. Read the full Pollen article here.

NACF Call for Entries
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is calling for entries for the annual  NACF National Artist Fellowship. Visit for more info. 
Groundbreaking Conference Planned to Expand Health Policy Advocacy in Indian Country
"Fertile Ground II" is an outcome of recent historic philanthropic roundtable on Indian nutrition
The American Heart Association and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community are co-sponsoring a major convening to explore opportunities to advance policy work relating to nutrition, food access and other work to improve health outcomes in Indian Country. Scheduled for May 2-4, 2016, in Minneapolis. Learn more here.
Your Living Legacy
March 9, 2016
9:00am - 4:00pm
Black Bear Casino Hotel, 1785 MN-210, Carlton, MN
Please join us with LeMoine LaPointe in powerful community - based gatherings to cultivate a shared vision on building a healthy and sustainable Native community. Through on-going conversations, participants will harvest community gifts to design a map for a transformational foundation of trust and confidence that incorporates Native traditions and positive innovation that will be supported and uplifted by community action.

Join us for two partner events on March 30th in Minnesota!
We invite you to join us along with International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP), Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and the Center for Native American Youth for our FUNDERS MINNESOTA REGIONAL MEETING to be held at the Radisson Blu hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 30th from 8:30 am to 3:30pm. We plan to highlight two important issues in two sessions that will share donor strategies of success for both Impact Investment and Native American LGBTQ issues. You can register for one or both events for free including breakfast and lunch. This is a pre-conference event to the Funding Forward Conference.

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

More events on our website !
Acting Assistant Secretary Roberts Announces Launch of the Indian Affairs 2016 Student Leadership Summer Institute for Native Students
Find out more about this paid 10-week summer internship program with the agency that begins in early June here.
The Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies is hiring a Program Associate
Read more about the job and apply here.
NativeNewsOnline.Net Advertising Sales Representatives needed
Now seeking experienced advertising sales representatives.
Email: for more information and to send us your resume.
Healthy Food America Job Opportunities
Learn about several opportunities 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.

  • Learn why storytelling is the new currency for building trust, inspiring others and leveraging buy-in.
  • Foster better group decision making and other forms of partnerships with six kinds of stories.
  • Boost recognition and recall by connecting with your listeners through personal narratives.
  • Diminish fact-and-figures fatigue by enriching your message with stories that move and motivate.
CausePlanet Page to Practice™ blog features:

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"The big secret of philanthropy is now out. Philanthropy is fun. It is joyful. It is fulfilling. It will make your life feel worthwhile...   

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