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NOVEMBER 19, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIVE VOICES RISING SUPPORTS COVID-19 RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY BY AWARDING $1.5 MILLION TO NATIVE-LED NONPROFITS

Oakland, Calif. – Native Voices Rising (NVR), a collaborative partnership between Native Americans in Philanthropy and Common Counsel Foundation, is pleased to announce $1,500,000 of grant awards to 89 Native-led groups (with nearly half of funds going to new grant partners) empowering American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities across the United States to advance Native-led, community-defined solutions both on and off the reservation. A full list of this year’s grant awards can be found at www.NativeVoicesRising.org.

Native Voices Rising welcomed 38 new grant partners this cycle. These new partners received grants ranging from $10,000-$30,000, with an average grant size of $19,342. NVR’s returning grant partners each received $15,000, augmenting previous awards made in Spring 2020.

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. Between the spring and fall cycles in 2020, $2 million in funding was awarded to over 85 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.

“In addition to increasing funding to Native-led organizations, one of the most important parts of our mission with Native Voices Rising is to create a movement of funders who want to empower Native community members and leaders to make those funding decisions,” said Erik Stegman (Carry the Kettle Nakoda), Executive Director of Native Americans in Philanthropy. “We know our relatives across the country are the best experts about the needs and investment opportunities in their own communities.”

As in previous years, Native Voices Rising grant partners are working on an array of issues including the promotion of Indigenous worldview, Native sovereignty, environmental and water justice, economic development, reproductive justice, civic engagement, voting rights, and more. Groups were selected based on several characteristics, including having: Native leadership; membership of Native people, typically multi-generational; incorporation of Native community-centered values; and, organizing or advocacy programs that amplify Native voices to win positive change in policy or corporate accountability.

“We have always known that Native Voices Rising is unique. When it started, there was a dearth of philanthropic initiatives putting decision-making into the hands of Native leaders,” says Peggy Saika, Executive Director of Common Counsel Foundation. “In surpassing the million-dollar mark, Native Voices Rising has shown what is possible when you trust the lived experiences of Native communities. This pandemic has been disastrous, but it is not new to Native communities. We take a lot of inspiration from the resilience and accountability we daily see across Native communities.”

The collaborative approach of Native Voices Rising’s grantmaking provides a clear path for donors, including foundations who haven’t previously made grants to this community, to directly invest in organizations led by Native people focusing on structural change. Since its inception, the fund has awarded nearly $3.5M to Native-led efforts throughout the country. 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, with applications being reviewed by Native youth leaders. NVR’s guiding light will be increasing to $10 million per year in grants awarded by 2025.    

Interested donors are encouraged to learn about and contribute to the activist-led grantmaking by visiting www.NativeVoicesRising.org or emailing allistair@commoncounsel.org.


July 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Native Voices Rising – 2020 Grant Period is Now Open!
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The Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy are pleased to announce that the Native Voices Rising (NVR) Fall 2020 grant pool is now open for both donors and potential applicants. NVR is now accepting grant applications. We encourage applications from Native-led groups that have a membership base in the community, work to develop leadership, and take collective action to win progressive social change.

NVR grants awards will average about $25,000 of general support funds, with an expected grant range size of $20,000 to $30,000, to strengthen Native-led organizations in the United States that are improving the lives of their community members. Since inception, NVR has awarded a total of nearly $2M of funding to grassroots, Native-led organizations that are involved in organizing and advocacy. To date, Native Voices Rising has supported over 100 grant partners who are collectively engaging thousands of community members across the country. They focus on a wide range of critical issues, from human and civil rights, to reproductive justice, to environmental health, and sacred sites protection. Including specifically the protection of land, water, and the recognition of Native sovereignty.

Potential grant partners can find application and eligibility guidelines here. More information on how to apply can be found at www.NativeVoicesRising.org.

The application deadline is August 27, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.
Applications can be accessed on the online grant portal.

We also invite those interested in donating to support Native-led change to join the pooled funding of Native Voices Rising. By investing in Native Voices Rising, donors shift power to Native community leaders by way of NVR’s participatory grantmaking process and become part of a learning community aiming to increase knowledge and visibility of Native communities. Tax-deductible contributions can be made online at www.NativeVoicesRising.org or by contacting Common Counsel Foundation staff.
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Contact:
Kelli Wilson Begay, Native Americans in Philanthropy
communications@nativephilanthropy.org

Allistair Mallillin, Common Counsel Foundation
allistair@commoncounsel.org

April 20, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIVE VOICES RISING RESPONDS TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC BY DEPLOYING $500,000 IN GRANT AWARDS TO 51 NATIVE-LED NONPROFITS

Oakland, Calif. – Established through a collaborative partnership between Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) and Common Counsel Foundation (CCF), Native Voices Rising (NVR) is an innovative fund supporting Native-led grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts. In the face of growing need amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and lack of funding for Native-led nonprofits, Native Voices Rising is pleased to announce the disbursal of $500,000 to 51 Native-led groups empowering American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities across the United States to advance Native-led, community-defined solutions both on and off the reservation. A full list of the groups supported with these recent grant awards can be found at www.NativeVoicesRising.org

“What our communities need right now are immediate, responsive, and flexible resources. We’re proud of the trusted relationships we’ve built with all of these organizations through our partnership with Common Counsel Foundation,” states Erik Stegman, NAP Executive Director. To help organizations respond to the COVID-19 crisis, both organizations are foregoing any administrative costs for the first half of 2020. This means that 100 percent of funds received are moved directly to grant partners. Additionally, NVR is continuing to double down on its ambitious goal of disbursing at least $1M in grant awards to support Native-led groups in the 2021 grantmaking cycle. 

“Native Voices Rising was started because of the lack of investment in Native communities, and this pandemic is highlighting the impact of that,” says Peggy Saika, Interim CEO of Common Counsel Foundation. “But Native Voices Rising is providing a responsive and impactful proof of concept centering the lived experiences of Native communities practicing resilience and accountability every day. That is how we can move towards long-term change.”

Grant partners of NVR are working tirelessly to support vulnerable Native communities throughout the country. While responding to immediate needs, Native communities are also leading the path forward with practices of resilience, solidarity, and reciprocity. Beyond immediate responses, grant partners are working on an array of issues including the promotion of Indigenous worldview, Native sovereignty, environmental and water justice, economic development, cultural practices, civic engagement, voting rights, and more. Groups were selected based on several characteristics, including having: Native leadership; membership of Native people, typically multi-generational; incorporation of Native community-centered values; and organizing or advocacy programs that amplify Native voices to win positive change in policy or corporate accountability.

To further support grant partners in these unprecedented times, Native Voices Rising is continuing its capacity-building program for grant partners to advance and bolster the work of groups on the ground both for now and in the years to come. 

NVR remains a pioneering proof of concept for centering Native wisdom in philanthropy, relying on Native organizers and community leaders to make grant decisions benefiting Native communities. The collaborative and unique approach of Native Voices Rising’s grantmaking provides a mechanism for donors, including foundations who haven’t previously made grants to this community, to directly invest in organizations led by Native people focusing on structural change. Since its inception, the fund has awarded over $2M to Native-led efforts throughout the country. If you are inspired and want to support or learn more about Native Voices Rising’s activist-led grantmaking, please visit www.NativeVoicesRising.org or email info@commoncounsel.org.

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Common Counsel Foundation is a public foundation that has advanced progressive social change since 1988. Common Counsel advances equity and environmental health through a combination of grant making and strategic philanthropic advising for donors, collaborative pooled grant making initiatives, and projects focused on organizational development and leadership training/sustainability. More information is available at www.commoncounsel.org.

Native Americans in Philanthropy is the only nonprofit organization devoted to promoting equitable and effective philanthropy in Native communities. Established in 1989, NAP advances philanthropic practices grounded in Native values and traditions, and works to transform and influence the philanthropic sector to align with an Indigenous worldview. NAP continues to advocate for healing, equity, and justice in mainstream philanthropy by building and strengthening relationships with members, allies, influencers, and supporters. www.nativephilanthropy.org

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Contact:
Kelli Wilson Begay, Native Americans in Philanthropy
communications@nativephilanthropy.org

Allistair Mallillin, Common Counsel Foundation
allistair@commoncounsel.org

October 24, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIVE VOICES RISING ANNOUNCES 51 GRANTS TO SUPPORT NATIVE-LED ADVOCACY AND ORGANIZING THROUGHOUT COUNTRY

Oakland, Calif. – Native Voices Rising (NVR), a collaborative partnership between Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) and Common Counsel Foundation (CCF), is pleased to announce the granting of $500,000 to 51 Native-led groups empowering American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities across the United States to advance Native-led, community-defined solutions both on and off the reservation. NVR has more than doubled the initial funds disbursed in 2013. By 2021, Native Voices Rising has a vision of disbursing $1M in grant awards to support Native-led groups. A full list of this year’s grant awards can be found at www.NativeVoicesRising.org

Established in 2013, Native Voices Rising is an innovative, collaborative fund that supports Native-led grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts. It emphasizes Native wisdom and decision-making, and relies on Native community members to screen, review, score, and make grant recommendations, fostering more community-led grant making than is often the case in the philanthropic sector. NAP and CCF support the Native proposal reviewers with training and technical expertise to grow their skills in the craft of social justice grantmaking. To further support grant partners, Native Voices Rising is piloting a capacity-building program for grant partners to help their organizations become more efficient and impactful. 

“By moving resources into Indigenous communities, Native Voices Rising is working to restore a path to healing — making a lasting impact for generations to come,” states Edgar Villanueva, NAP Board Chair and author of Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance

As in previous years, Native Voices Rising grant partners are working on an array of issues including the promotion of Indigenous worldview, Native sovereignty, environmental and water justice, economic development, cultural practices, civic engagement, voting rights, and more. Groups were selected based on several characteristics, including having: Native leadership; membership of Native people, typically multi-generational; incorporation of Native community-centered values; and organizing or advocacy programs that amplify Native voices to win positive change in policy or corporate accountability.

“Native Voices Rising was started because of the inadequate response of institutional philanthropy to support Native communities,” says Carly Hare, current Trustee of Common Counsel Foundation. “Funding still pales in comparison to the need in Native communities, hovering at less than 1 percent of philanthropic dollars. But Native Voices Rising is providing a viable, impactful, and scalable proof of concept for philanthropy to invest in and lift up the lived experiences of Native communities fighting for change in their communities.”

The collaborative approach of Native Voices Rising’s grantmaking provides a mechanism for donors, including foundations who haven’t previously made grants to this community, to directly invest in organizations led by Native people focusing on structural change. Since its inception, the fund has awarded nearly $1.5M to Native-led efforts throughout the country. Interested donors are encouraged to learn about and contribute to the activist-led grantmaking by visiting www.NativeVoicesRising.org or emailing info@commoncounsel.org.

Common Counsel Foundation advances equity and environmental health through a combination of collaborative grant making and strategic philanthropic advising for client member funds and manages projects focused on organizational development, leadership training and sustainability and donor education. More information is available at www.commoncounsel.org.

Native Americans in Philanthropy is a membership circle of nonprofits, tribal communities, and foundations committed to the beliefs, traditions and gifts of Native peoples. NAP board and members hold a vision of healthy and sustainable communities enhanced by the Native spirit of generosity. This vision inspires and motivates member engagement through our mission to advance philanthropic practices grounded in Native values and traditions. For more information, see www.nativephilanthropy.org.

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Contact:
Vance Blackfox, Native Americans in Philanthropy
vblackfox@nativephilanthropy.org

Allistair Mallillin, Common Counsel Foundation
allistair@commoncounsel.org

December 12, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIVE VOICES RISING ANNOUNCES 54 GRANTS TO SUPPORT NATIVE-LED ADVOCACY AND ORGANIZING THROUGHOUT COUNTRY

Oakland, CA – Native Voices Rising (NVR), a collaborative partnership between Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) and Common Counsel Foundation (CCF), is pleased to announce the granting of $335,000 to 54 Native-led groups empowering American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities across the United States to advance Native-led, community-defined solutions both on and off the reservation. NVR has tripled the number of grants given to Native-led groups in the past three years. A full list of this year’s grant awards can be found at www.NativeVoicesRising.org.

Established in 2013, Native Voices Rising is an innovative, collaborative fund that supports Native-led grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts. It emphasizes Native wisdom and decision-making, and relies on Native community members to screen, review, score and make grant recommendations, fostering more community-led grant making than is often the case in the philanthropic sector. NAP and CCF support the Native proposal reviewers with training and technical expertise to grow their skills in the craft of social justice grantmaking.

There is a growing need for innovative grant making approaches like Native Voices Rising. According to Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy, “As Native people and organizations continue to work to promote truth and healing, and in the wake of harsh threats to Native sovereignty, sacred spaces, water rights and the rights of Mother Earth – the need to lift-up community voices for equity, and amplify solutions grounded in our own Native traditions is perhaps greater than ever.

As in past cycles, Native Voices Rising grant partners are working on a broad array of issues including the promotion of Indigenous worldview, Native sovereignty, environmental and water justice, economic development, cultural practices, and civic engagement and voting rights – to name a few. Groups were selected based on several characteristics, including having: Native leadership; membership of Native people, typically multi-generational; incorporation of Native community-centered values; and organizing or advocacy programs that amplify Native voices to win positive change in policy or corporate accountability.

“Native Voices Rising was started because of the inadequate response of institutional philanthropy to the historic and ongoing harms experienced by Native communities,” says Ron Rowell, current Trustee and former CEO of Common Counsel Foundation. “For years, we have highlighted that less than 1 percent of philanthropic dollars support Native causes – and even less goes to Native-led efforts. While the funding still pales in comparison to the need, Native Voices Rising is providing a proof of concept for a philanthropic intervention that is centered around and lifts up the lived experiences of Native communities fighting for change in their communities.”

The collaborative approach of Native Voices Rising’s grantmaking provides a mechanism for donors, including foundations who haven’t previously made grants to this community, to directly invest in organizations led by Native people focusing on structural change. Since its inception, the fund has awarded nearly $1M to Native-led efforts throughout the country. Interested donors are encouraged to learn about and consider contributing to the activist-led grantmaking by visiting www.NativeVoicesRising.org or emailing info@commoncounsel.org.

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Common Counsel Foundation advances equity and environmental health through a combination of collaborative grant making and strategic philanthropic advising for client member funds and manages projects focused on organizational development, leadership training and sustainability and donor education. More information is available at www.commoncounsel.org.

Native Americans in Philanthropy is a membership circle of nonprofits, tribal communities, and foundations committed to the beliefs, traditions and gifts of Native peoples. NAP board and members hold a vision of healthy and sustainable communities enhanced by the Native spirit of generosity. This vision inspires and motivates member engagement through our mission to advance philanthropic practices grounded in Native values and traditions. For more information, see www.nativephilanthropy.org.


For Immediate Release

Native Voices Rising – 2018 Grant Period is Now Open!
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The Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy are pleased to announce that the 2018 Native Voices Rising (NVR) grant pool is now open for both donors and potential grantees. NVR is now accepting grant applications. We encourage all Native-led groups that have a membership base in the community, work to develop leadership, and take collective action to win progressive social change to apply.

NVR grants provide general operating support of $10,000 to strengthen Native-led organizations in the United States that are improving the lives of their community members. Since created, a total of nearly $650,000 has been awarded to over 45 grassroots Native community organizations that are involved in organizing and advocacy. Previous grantees are collectively engaging thousands of community members across ten states. They focus on a wide range of critical issues, from human and civil rights, to reproductive justice, to environmental health, and sacred sites protection. Including specifically the protection of land, water, and the recognition of Native sovereignty.

Potential grantees can find application and eligibility guidelines here. More information on how to apply can be found at www.NativeVoicesRising.org.

The application deadline is August 3, 2018.

A “How to Apply” Webinar will also be hosted on July 2nd at 11am PST. Please use this link to register for the webinar. The webinar will cover background on Native Voices Rising, important dates in the process, and how to apply using the on-line system – and answer any questions you bring to the session!

*NOTE: the July 2 webinar will be recorded, and made available for viewing at www.nativevoicesrising.org; by registering, you will receive an email when it’s been posted on the website.Afterwards, the recorded version of the webinar will be posted to the NVR website.

Donors that would like to join us in making a difference in Indian Country can contribute online at www.NativeVoicesRising.org or by contacting Common Counsel Foundation.
#NativeVoicesRising

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Contact:
Sarah Eagle Heart, Native Americans in Philanthropy
sarah@nativephilanthropy.org
Laura Livoti, Common Counsel Foundation
laura@commoncounsel.org
February 12, 2018
For Immediate Release

32 Native-Led Organizations Across The Nation Begin 2018 With “Native Voices Rising” Grants

Oakland, CA – Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) and Common Counsel Foundation (CCF) announce the granting of $232,000 to 32 Native-led groups empowering American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities across the United States to advance Native-led, community-defined solutions both on and off the reservation.

Established in 2013, Native Voices Rising is an innovative collaborative fund that supports Native-led grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts. It emphasizes Native wisdom and decision-making, and relies on Native community members to screen, review, score and make grant recommendations, thereby fostering more democracy in the deployment of the funds than is often the case in the philanthropic sector. Native Americans in Philanthropy and Common Counsel Foundation support the Native proposal reviewers with training and technical expertise to grow their skills in the craft of social justice grantmaking. According to Native Americans in Philanthropy CEO, Sarah Eagle Heart, “In the wake of the inspiring struggle at Standing Rock in 2016, and the harsh threats to Native sovereignty, sacred spaces, water rights, and the rights of Mother Earth – the need to lift-up community voices for equity, and amplify solutions grounded in our own Native traditions is perhaps greater than ever.”

The Native Voices Rising pooled fund provides a mechanism for donors, including foundations who haven’t previously made grants to this community, to directly invest in organizations led by Native people focusing on structural change. Momentum is growing: Native Voices Rising started in 2013 with two contributors and grew in 2017 to a collaborative fund with 19 contributors.

As in past cycles, Native Voices Rising grant partners shared several characteristics:

  • Native leadership
  • Membership of Native people, typically multi-generational
  • Incorporation of Native community-centered values
  • An organizing or advocacy program that amplifies Native voices to win positive change in policy or corporate accountability

Native Voices Rising funding is informed by the 2013 report “A Case For Funding Native-Led Change” which collected data and conducted in-depth research with Native-led groups on their vision for change, strategies and recommendations to grantmakers for stronger investments in the grassroots work being done in Indian Country. The full report and executive summary can be found at http://www.NativeVoicesRising.org.

Laura Livoti, CEO of Common Counsel Foundation, added that “Despite the historic harm suffered and current need for support experienced by Native communities, philanthropy has simply been unresponsive.” Indeed, research has shown that Native causes receive only a fraction of 1% of mainstream foundation dollars – and a smaller fraction of that fraction supports Native-led efforts that address root causes and issues and seek structural change. “Grassroots Native-led efforts need and are worthy of additional resources to facilitate their success in winning grounded solutions and change for their communities – while Native Voices Rising contributions represent only a drop in the bucket of what is needed, Native Voices Rising is proving to be a vehicle to enable philanthropy to do more. ”

A full list of the Native-led grassroots groups funded by this Native Voices Rising cycle can be found at www.NativeVoicesRising.org. Interested donors can learn more about contributing to the re-granting pool by contacting Common Counsel Foundation at info@commoncounsel.org.

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Common Counsel Foundation is celebrating its 30th year of advancing equity and environmental health through a combination of direct grant making and strategic philanthropic advising for client member funds and manages projects focused on organizational development, leadership training and sustainability and donor education. More information is available at www.commoncounsel.org.

Native Americans in Philanthropy is a membership circle of nonprofits, tribal communities, and foundations committed to the beliefs, traditions and gifts of Native peoples. NAP board and members hold a vision of healthy and sustainable communities enhanced by the Native spirit of generosity. This vision inspires and motivates member engagement through our mission to advance philanthropic practices grounded in Native values and traditions. For more information, see www.nativephilanthropy.org.


Contact:
Carly Hare, Native Americans in Philanthropy
Media@NativeVoicesRising.Org
Cell: 720-299-0651
June 25, 2013
For Immediate Release
Native Voices Rising Reports on the State of Organizing and Advocacy in Native
America and Launches Native-led Re-granting Fund
Minneapolis, MN – Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) and Common Counsel Foundation (CCF) announce the launch of Native Voices Rising (NVR), a research and re-granting project designed to support grassroots groups led by and for Native communities in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.
Native Voices Rising establishes a mechanism for donors to invest in organizations led by Native people through a grantmaking vehicle whose decision makers are also members of Native communities. NVR funding is informed by its newly released report “A Case For Funding Native-Led Change,” which identified 146 non-profit social change organizations led by Native Americans to benefit Native communities. The report includes in-depth surveys with 49 of these organizations.
“This innovative project uniquely fills knowledge gaps within the philanthropic sector regarding the needs of Native communities and the strategies these communities employ to create change,” noted Native Americans in Philanthropy’s Executive Director, Carly Hare.
It is considered a truism, within philanthropic circles, that organizing in Native communities looks different than in non-Native communities. Native Voices Rising helps elucidate some of the characteristic frequently found among successful grassroots Native organizing efforts, including:
  • Leaders are embedded in the community
  • Strong relationships based on trust exist between all staff and community
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural protocols is engrained
  • Native values, like consensus decision-making are integrated into the organization
  • Membership and programs are multi-generational
  • Direct services might be offered in coordination with organizing, advocacy, leadership development or voter engagement strategies
“The range of strategies employed by the organizations surveyed varies between groups and across movements. Nonetheless, researchers identified the practice of informing and advocating for public policies through organized community action as a common strategy employed by the majority of survey respondents,” according to Louis Delgado, lead researcher, for the Native Voices Rising report.
The report provides a set of case studies highlighting the diversity of strategies that Native groups are utilizing to have positive impact in their communities — these include promoting laws to provide greater environmental protections; gaining management control over food resources; ensuring racial equity in government programs; extending broadband into rural communities; and guaranteeing full access to the vote.
The researchers identified five issue areas in which Native community groups are most active: environmental justice; subsistence in Alaska; Native engagement in the urban context; media; and voter engagement.“While the findings derive directly from the 49 organizationssurveyed, nearly all of the recommendationsfor enhancing the effectiveness of grantmaking strategies in Native America are relevant to any funder interested in supporting Native communities and organizations,” says Hare.
“It is worth underscoring that in Native communities direct services were considered by many groups to be essential to their community organizing and advocacy work,” she added.
“With only .3% of charitable funding dedicated to Native causes, as reported by the Foundation Center,” remarked Laura Livoti, CEO of Common Counsel Foundation, “we hope Native Voices Rising will catalyze increased support for this under-resourced community over the next decade.”
Moreover, the report revealed the imperative of providing support for strengthening Native organizationsin order to increase the likelihood that they are successful in raising funds. Forty-nine percent of the groups surveyed identified a lack of capacity as one of the key barriers to obtaining individual donor and grant money.
Native Voices Rising is a funding vehicle that will utilize Native-led grantmaking committees, composed of Native leaders and supported with staff expertise provided by the Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy. The first NVR grants will be disbursed in December 2013, with support from Open Society Foundations. Interested organizations are encouraged to apply at www.NativeVoicesRising.org. Letters of Intent are due August 15, 2013.
Interested donors are encouraged to contact Common Counsel Foundation to learn more about contributing to the re-granting pool. The full report or an executive summary can be found on Native Voices rising website, www.NativeVoicesRising.org
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Native Voices Rising is a project of Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy www.NativeVoicesRising.org.
Common Counsel Foundation is a 25-year old consortium of family foundations and donor advised funds that have joined together to grow the resources available for progressive organizations and social movements. Through CCF’s strategic philanthropic services, the Foundation prioritizes support for community-based organizations led by low-income people or people of color to advance equity and environmental sustainability. More information is available at www.commoncounsel.org

Native Americans in Philanthropy  is a membership circle of nonprofits, tribal communities, and foundations committed to the beliefs, traditions and gifts of Native peoples. Native Americans in Philanthropy board and members hold a vision of healthy and sustainable communities enhanced by the Native spirit of generosity. This vision inspires and motivates member engagement through our mission to advance philanthropic practices grounded in native values and traditions. For more information, www.nativephilanthropy.org.