Native Voices Rising - Common Counsel Foundation

Native Voices Rising (NVR) is a research and re-granting project of Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy that is designed to strengthen philanthropic support for grassroots groups led by and for Native communities, including American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. NVR launched in mid-2013, with the publication of a report and website.

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 to develop leadership, and take collective action to win progressive social change to apply. Potential grantees can find more information and apply at

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.


Native Voices Rising provides a mechanism for donors to invest in organizations led by and composed of Native people who are united in building power to win progressive social change. Furthermore, NVR employs a community-led grantmaking approach with Native community members serving on regional committees that make grant recommendations.
Purposes of the collaboration include:

  • Profiling Native-led community organizing and advocacy by identifying strong groups and highlighting issues of importance to them,
  • Educating funders and deepening the contextual understanding of native community engagement within the philanthropic sector,
  • Developing new funding support for Native-led social change groups that are engaging community members in taking collective action to improve their lives, including by impacting the rules that govern them,
  • Providing the opportunity for funders to invest in Native-led organizing and advocacy efforts through a re-granting pool that conducts the due diligence on applicants on behalf of its funding partners, and
  • Modeling a community-driven approach to funding that creates more power from the community within the grant making process.

Please Visit the Native Voices Rising website to learn more.