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Native Giving

First Nations Development Institute developed the Strengthening Native American Philanthropy (SNAP) initiative in 1995 to increase Native American and tribal participation in philanthropy, both as funders and grant recipients.

According to the 2000 Census, Native Americans account for 1.5 percent of the U.S. population. Yet, only 1/6th of one percent of national philanthropic dollars go to Native American communities or organizations.

With less than 1/6th of one percent of general philanthropic monies in the United States being accessed by Native American communities or enterprises, the overall goal of SNAP is to increase both awareness of and access to mainstream philanthropic monies by communities that need it most.

First Nations also believes that tribes and Native organizations can develop their own philanthropic models to protect Native assets and develop new assets.

Through a combination of education, outreach, and the regional Wisdom of the Giveaway conference series, First Nations has been sharing information about developing philanthropic models and sovereign approaches to charitable giving.


First Nations Development Institute
703 3rd Avenue, Suite B
Longmont, CO 80501
United States
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(303) 774-7836
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