Native Voices Rising, a grantmaking collaborative led by Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy, is designed to support organizing, advocacy and civic engagement in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. NVR provides general operating support grants that are intended to strengthen Native-led organizations that are improving the lives of their community members in the United States. Eligible organizations are rooted in a Native community, led by Native people, hold a vision for change that improves the lives of Native community members, engage the community to take action together and/or seek to affect the policies and rules that govern the community.
Through the data collected by the grant application (letter of inquiry), NVR will gather information about the needs of Native-led, community-based organizations to help inform the philanthropic sector. Grants may range from $5,000-15,000, with a typical grant size of $10,000. From 2013-2015, Native Voices Rising has funded 43 organizations for a total of $410,000. The availability of funds in future years will depend upon the success of ongoing fundraising efforts.
NVR is piloting a new model of grantmaking to Native communities, with Native decision-making at a regional level by grantmaking committees composed of selected Native community member volunteers. Each committee will be guided by NAP staff and will receive grantmaking training and technical assistance from Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy.
Special thanks to The Needmor Fund which has made a special contribution to Native Voices Rising to honor Louis Delgado and his many years of service to Native communities. Other supporters include the Carnegie Corporation, the C.J. and Mattie Lowery Fund of Common Counsel Foundation, the Hill Snowdon Foundation, the Needmor Fund, Open Society Foundations, and the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock.