Potlatch Fund Programs
Potlatch Fund’s work has been recognized nationally with the 2005 Sweetgrass Award (First Nations Development Institute) and the 2008 National Leadership in Action Award (WK Kellogg Foundation).
Through a multi-pronged strategy of education, advocacy and re-granting; Potlatch Fund is working to revitalize Native communities. Our three core goals are to:
- Provide capacity building and leadership development services to Tribes and Native nonprofits.
- Educate the nonNative and funding communities about the needs, issues and structures that exist within Indian Country.
- Run grants programs that further Potlatch Fund’s mission through the support of new, emerging and exciting initiatives.
Potlatch Fund is focused on promoting diversity and addressing inequality by educating foundations about Tribal communities, introducing them to Native nonprofits, and holding funder briefings specific to Indian Country. At the same time we work with Tribes to improve their giving practices and increase their own giving to Native projects and their own communities. Concurrently Tribes are realizing that they cannot fill all the gaps in their community, and thus we work with Native individuals both on reservations and in metropolitan areas to start, fund, and manage Native nonprofits.
We work with Tribal leadership, Native communities, nonprofit leaders and Native artists to bring the idea that - with the help of the money that comes from mainstream philanthropy - they can create their own destinies. We do this through teaching about philanthropy, fundraising and grant writing. We also train groups about financial management, governance, strategic planning, media management and how to start up a nonprofit.
Potlatch Fund also runs several grant programs (see below).
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Potlatch Fund began extending grants to Tribal communities and Native nonprofits in 2005, and for 2013 Potlatch Fund will grant over $300,000 – a record amount for our organization. Through our grant programs: InterTribal Canoe Journey, Community Building, Native Arts, and Language Preservation & Education Fund, we are able to serve large numbers of individuals.
Building out our support of individual donors is crucial to support our work. In an effort to increase the scope of our reach we have been actively cultivating our online presence, which is both environmentally friendly and cost effective. Individuals, like you, can help Potlatch Fund strengthen Native communities through contributions of your time, talent and treasure. Learn more about our mission, and how to get involved, on our website at www.potlatchfund.org
. You may also offer financial assistance by using the ‘DONATE NOW” button above.
In the spirit of the potlatch, we raise our hands up to you!