May 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). It is a very exciting time for us at Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP). As we prepare for our Philanthropy Institute next week we welcomed new staff in the past few months, as well as Network Weavers!

In March, Ashley Wheeler permanently joined NAP as our Executive Assistant after serving as temporary administrative support for several months. Ashley brings to our team a strong background in office management and ecumenical advocacy.

We also welcomed four Network Weavers last month! Our Network Weavers serve as our grassroots connection to non-profits, tribal philanthropy and foundations in our regional areas. Their background includes program management and development, as well as experience working with non-profits and funders.
  • Network Weaver: Northern California Region- Morning Star Gali (Pit River Tribe) has been a friend of NAP since she attended our Circle of Leaders Academy in 2012-2013. Morning Star has most recently worked at Pit River Tribe's Historic Preservation Officer and has represented NAP in several spaces through her work on culture and environmental issues. Morning Star is based in McArthur, California.
  • Network Weaver: Southern California Region- Melissa Powless Chacon (Oneida) brings organizational development and fundraising experience working with non-profits and tribes in California for over a decade. Melissa is based in Aguanga, California.
  • Network Weaver: Midwest Region- Jason Wilson (Ojibwe) comes to us from Canada with deep experience in bridging strong relationships with business community and Native American communities in areas of community engagement, corporate social responsibility programs and sponsorship. Jason is based in Prior Lake, Minnesota.
  • Network Weaver: Southwest Region- Lucille EchoHawk (Pawnee) was a founder of NAP twenty-five years ago! Lucille's extensive philanthropic work includes American Indian/Alaska Native child welfare and education advocacy, as well as serving as a core leader in strategically advising and developing of native non-profits. Lucille is based in Arvada, Colorado.
Please help me in welcoming Ashley, Morning Star, Melissa, Jason and Lucille to the team at Native Americans in Philanthropy. We will also continue to seek Network Weavers for other regions, please stay tuned for those job opportunities.

Lastly, our very own Jennifer Fairbanks has been promoted from Communications Associate to Communications Specialist! Jennifer has worked for NAP for almost six years and continues to expand our communications strategy to our membership. Congratulations Jennifer! 

I am very grateful to have this wonderful team surrounding the rebirth of Native Americans in Philanthropy. Their broad experience philanthropy, advocacy and community partnership will support NAP in creating transformative systemic change. I look forward to creating innovative pathways celebrating native cultural wisdom in the months to come.

Wopila (deep gratitude), 
Sarah Eagle Heart 
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PS: Look for lots of exciting things from NAP in the summer and fall months including a webinar series for our members in partnership with CausePlanet and Art of Reciprocity (AoR) coming to the Midwest and Northwest regions. 

Meet our Regional Network Weavers!  
Native Americans in Philanthropy is excited to welcome onto the staff four Regional Network Weavers who will be helping in the work we do. The Weavers will facilitate the growth and connectivity of a regional network of organizations and individuals and promote relationships among new and potential members in the region, as well as to promote NAP programs and membership benefits, and support NAP regional offerings. Read their bios here !  

2016 NCRP Impact Awards Reception Recap
You know the feeling that washes over you when you hear something that moves you so much it gives you goosebumps?
I had that feeling last night during the 2016 NCRP Impact Awards reception held in honor of Consumer Health Foundation, Evelyn and  Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Patagonia and Sandler Foundation. More here.  

AISES is hiring!
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is hiring for two positions for  their Colorado office. Take a look at the job descriptions for Program & Development Officer and
Business and Program Development Coordinator.

Native early educator honored at White House during Teacher Appreciation Week
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During Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6), Lana Toya, the Jemez Walatowa Head Start director in Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, was honored by President Barack Obama during the National Teacher of the Year event at the White House. Read more here
Native Lives Matter goes beyond police brutality
Native Americans are more likely to be killed by police than any other ethnic group in the U.S., but the national dialogue about racial bias and criminal justice reform continues to exclude them. Read more here

Philanthropic Leadership Shouldn't Still Look Like the Country-Club Set
From Black Lives Matter and #OscarsSoWhite to Syrian refugees and giant border walls, our political and civic discourse of late has focused on who's included and who's excluded from key segments of society. Read more from the article here.

OVERTIME and OVERHEAD Rules Changing Soon: Action Requested by Nonprofits with Government Grants and Contracts
Policy changes coming out of Washington, DC, this spring and summer have the potential to affect the costs and operations of nonprofit organizations that have grants and contracts to provide services on behalf of governments at all levels. Take the survey here.

Application process, eligibility announced for $38 million Keepseagle grants distribution
Fast-track registration opens May 25, applications close June 24
Class counsel in the Keepseagle v. Vilsack settlement today announced details about the Native American Agricultural Fast Track Fund (NAAFTF), a one-time distribution of $38 million in settlement funds. Awards from this fund will be made on a competitive basis to non-profit organizations, tribal programs and educational institutions which provide agricultural, business, technical or advocacy services to existing and aspiring Native American farmers and ranchers. Learn more here . 
C-Suite Sessions: Colorado
Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm MDT
El Pomar Foundation, Colorado. You're invited to join senior charitable community leaders from across Colorado for an intensive one-day networking and knowledge-building program.

Philanthropy Practice in Native and Tribal Communities Webinar
Tuesday, May 24, 2:00pm EDT | 11:00am PDT
  • T. Lulani Arquette (Native Hawaiian), President and CEO, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
  • Susan Jenkins (Choctaw), Retired, Founding Executive Director, Cherokee Preservation Foundation
  • Diane Kaplan, President and CEO, Rasmuson Foundation
11th Annual Philanthropy Institute: REGISTER NOW!
May 25-27, 2016
Catamaran Resort & Spa in San Diego, CA
Raising Impact with Native Voices.

September 27 - 29, 2016.   
First Nations Development Institute will hold its 21st Annual First Nations L.E.A.D. Institute Conference at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino  in Tulsa, OK. 

More events on our website !
A Vision for the Urban Indian Community
Assessment of Assets and Opportunities of the King County Urban Indian Population
In June 2014, the United Way of King County published the report "A Vision for the Urban Indian Community: Assessment of Assets and Opportunities of the King County Urban Indian Population." Download the report 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.

  • Tackle one of the greatest obstacles of personal success: performing under pressure.
  • Explore the difference between stress and pressure and how each impacts our efforts differently.
  • Understand what makes people "choke" under pressure and learn 22 specific strategies to reduce pressure.
  • Adopt four attributes that can help immunize you over the long term from pressure that diminishes your success.

CausePlanet Page to Practice™ blog features:

It's the perfect time for Tom Ahern's "Making Money with Donor Newsletters"
There's never been a better time to enter our Get Smarter Give Away book drawing. Donor acquisition costs are at an all-time high and retention rates...
Jeff Brooks' How to Turn Your Words into Money is a book about what fundraising writing is not and what it should be. Brooks tells you exactly what to avoid...   

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