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First Nations Development Institute Receives Grant from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to Support the Platform for Grassroots Native Organizations


February 2, 2017

LONGMONT, Colorado (February 1, 2017) – First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has received a generous $50,000 grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians near Highland, California, to enhance First Nations’ broad “Nurturing Native Givers and Giving Initiative” and, in particular, the pilot project that is part of that initiative. is an online fundraising platform for small, grassroots Native American 501(c)(3) organizations. It was created by First Nations with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and is dedicated to strengthening and improving the lives of Native children and families while raising awareness of the needs of the communities they serve. Consistent with Native American values of sharing and reciprocity, the goal of this unique initiative is to increase giving to philanthropic efforts in Native communities. aims to direct more investments to worthy nonprofits, and it features eight organizations that have developed successful and innovative projects that promote education and healthy lifestyles for kids, and secure families.

The San Manuel Band grant will be used to provide capacity-building training and technical assistance to the participants, including:

• College of Menominee Nation (Keshena, Wisconsin)

• Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

• Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

• Oyate Teca Project (Kyle, South Dakota)

• STAR School (Flagstaff, Arizona)

• Sust'ainable Molokai (Kaunakakai, Hawaii)

• Tewa Women United (Española, New Mexico)

• Zuni Youth Enrichment Project (Zuni, New Mexico)

After two years of participating in the project, these organizations have built increased awareness and have grown their fundraising capacity, but still need assistance to further develop sustainable and comprehensive fundraising capabilities. The San Manuel Band grant will build on current efforts and provide the participating organizations with specific webinars and one-on-one training or coaching on numerous topics dealing with fundraising, planning, donor retention, and giving policies and practices.

"We're honored to partner with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to further expand and sustain the Native nonprofits involved with our initiative,” said Michael E. Roberts, First Nations President & CEO. "Together, the San Manuel Band, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and First Nations are actively supporting the development and betterment of Native children, their families and tribal communities, all of which strengthens Indian Country overall."


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