NVR Youth Philanthropy Leadership Project

It’s time to center the voice and power of Native youth in the philanthropic sector and dramatically increase funding to Native youth-led movements and organizations. 

As part of its growing partnership with Common Counsel Foundation in the Native Voices Rising grantmaking collaborative, Native Americans in Philanthropy is developing a new platform for Native youth leadership in philanthropy.  In 2021, our goal is to significantly increase the number of Native youth-led and youth-serving organizations being funded in our Native Voices Rising community. To do this, will develop a new leadership team for the project composed of Native youth leaders from across the country who will develop their own participatory grantmaking strategy and help us advocate for tribal communities in the philanthropic sector. 

Through a new partnership with the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute, the Native youth leadership team will learn about the philanthropic sector, how it influences policy and power, and why their voice matters. They will also learn about how to develop effective and impactful grantmaking strategies together. Our partners will develop a curriculum and facilitation process for these young leaders grounded in culture and healing. We also plan to share what we learn from this approach with the philanthropic sector. In addition to awarding funds through a participatory grantmaking process to Native youth-serving organizations across the country, NAP, CNAY, and CCF will identify a range of opportunities through their philanthropic networks for this Native youth leadership team to organize roundtables and other events with funders to advocate for increased and more meaningful funding according to their priorities. We are grateful to the Ford Foundation, Andrus Family Fund, Fund for Shared Insight, and the California Endowment for their support of this urgent work. 

Since 2013, Native Americans in Philanthropy and the Common Counsel Foundation have partnered in a grantmaking collaborative designed to support organizing, advocacy, and civic engagement in tribal communities. In 2020, our collaborative will award $2 million in funding to over 80 Indigenous-led organizations across the country. Native Voices Rising establishes a mechanism for funders to invest in organizations led by Native people through a grantmaking vehicle whose decision makers are also members of Native communities. NVR grantee partners are also invited to be part of a learning and capacity building community that provides trainings and peer- to-peer support to build collective power. We’re excited to include this important new focus on Native youth leadership into our collaborative.