September 2016
NAP CONNECTIONS
Native Americans in Philanthropy's Monthly Newsletter
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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"). I am writing this message from the camp near Standing Rock Sioux reservation north of Cannonball, North Dakota objecting to the nearby construction of an oil pipeline by Dakota Access. The pipeline could pollute local drinking water and will continue to destroy sites of great historic, religious and cultural significance as it crosses ancestral lands of the Great Sioux Nation.

Native youth continue to innovate and demand justice, first articulating their outrage through Generation Indigenous and coordinating a 2,000 mile run to hold a rally in Washington, DC on August 6. This protest came together during the same time frame Native Americans in Philanthropy planned our White House Generation Indigenous event at the White House on August 26, at which many youth and nonprofit leaders articulated their support for the protection of water (see recaps of this amazing philanthropy event in our newsletter and the Save the Date to be a part of our White House national call on September 21 below).

Read the full CEO message here.

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

SAVE THE DATE: White House Call

On September 21st, 2016 at 1:00pm EST, we'll be hosting with the White House national call for philanthropy and nonprofits who want to commit to making meaningful investments to improve the lives of Native youth through policies and programs to mobilize and cultivate the next generation of Native leaders. Please watch your inbox and our website for registration information.  
  
White House Launch Spotlights Partnership for Native Youth
Compelling stories and powerful programs were lifted up at last week's White House launch of a new partnership by and for Native youth. Read the full Independent Sector blog here
 
Two Valley Nonprofits Selected to Participate in White House Gathering
Phoenix Indian Center, Inc. and United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. among 12 organizations selected nationally to provide storytelling on how they, through culture and skill building, improve the lives and opportunities for American Indian youth. Read more

Animas High senior Noah Hotchkiss speaks at White House conference
Student works with disabled Native American youth
When a car crash killed his stepmother, seriously injured his brother and sister and put him in a wheelchair at the age of 11, Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss could have given up. Instead, he adopted a path of pursuing his love of sports and using it to help other disabled Native American youth, a path that led him to the White House at the end of August. Read the full story here.

UNITY among nonprofits participating at White House gathering
Phoenix Indian Center, Inc. and United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. among 12 organizations selected nationally to provide storytelling on how they, through culture and skill building, improve the lives and opportunities for American Indian youth. Read more.

Lack of Funding for Native American Causes with Sarah Eagle Heart
"You might see data come out that includes every other ethnic group but Native Americans. And so we are just not represented well in mainstream America, and that translates to funding dollars within philanthropy, as well." Watch the full interview with NAP's CEO here.

 
 


MEMBER NEWS
Longmont-based First Nations nonprofit wins Kellogg grant
The Longmont-based nonprofit First Nations Development Institute received a $2.5  million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on Tuesday. The institute, along with Echo Hawk consulting, will use the grant to launch a two-year research and strategy setting effort to positively transform the image of Native Americans. Read more here.

Now Accepting Open Inquiries for Funding: Pathways to Financial Inclusion Initiative
You might be eligible for a new funding opportunity: the Pathways to Financial Inclusion Initiative, which is geared toward expanding existing efforts to build financial skills and flexible savings across our region, particularly among underserved communities. Learn more here.


Network of Minorities Urges Foundations to Look in the Mirror
Carly Hare says CHANGE Philanthropy is pushing grant makers to practice what they preach when it comes to race and social justice.
Read more on CHANGE Philanthropy here
PHILANTHROPY NEWS
Eastern Cherokees contribute $50K to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to support #NoDAPL fight
The tribal council agreed to send $50,000 to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, The Cherokee One Feather reported. The money will be used to support efforts to stop the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. Read the full story here.
 
Golf: Begay's tournament generates $100K in charitable proceeds
A grand slam, after all, should always represent a big hit. Last week's Notah Begay III event certainly was the case . Read more here.

Want to Fix U.S. Schools? Look to Native American Communities
Hidden in a corner of this city, amid a gleaming office park, strip malls, vacant lots, Interstate 40, and perhaps the city's nicest Starbucks, is a two-story school that holds one of the country's most promising educational models for Native American students.
Read the full blog here
EVENTS
AISES National Conference
November 10-12, 2016 | Minneapolis, MN
Registration is open now. 
 
December 1, 2016 | 6pm-9pm
Join us as we celebrate the work of Tiwahe Grantees and the importance of language, culture, education and giving in our community. Featuring special guest Billy Mills.

More events on our website !
RESOURCES
Fostering Stronger Cultural and Community Connections Improves Social and Educational Outcomes for Native Boys and Young Men
Efforts that foster stronger linkages between Native American boys and young men and their cultures and communities can help significantly improve the outcomes of their lives, including their social and educational attainment, according to a new report issued today by First Nations Development Institute (First Nations). Download the report here.
 
Futures For Children Legacy Fund
Futures For Children Legacy Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation is announcing an RFP for nonprofits to fund Native American youth leadership and mentorship programs. Learn more and apply here
 

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

  Mobile for Good by Heather Mansfield
  • Recognize the prominence of mobile communication and develop a strategic  mobile fundraising strategy.
  • Create a purposeful online plan that flexes with ever-changing technology, budget and donor preferences.
  • Design an effective website and high-yield emails that work on both mobile devices and computers.
  • Build a system that tracks, evaluates and reports campaign results.
CausePlanet Page to Practice™ blog features:

5 behaviors that help nonprofits build an innovative mindset
It's hard to believe that standing on a stage with fellow comedians is akin to brainstorming around...

Any doubts you may have that social networks aren't powerful or don't need to be a priority... 

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