Native Voices Rising Supports COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery by Awarding $1.5 Million to Native-led Nonprofits

NAP and CCF are pleased to announce $1.5m of grant awards to 89 Native-led groups (with nearly half of funds going to new grant partners).

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

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NOVEMBER 19, 2020

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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

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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

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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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