For too long, philanthropy in tribal communities has been driven by a desire to fix problems and define communities by their needs and deficits, not their strengths.

This charity approach to philanthropy is not only misguided, but also traps tribal communities in a false narrative they do not define for themselves and can often harm communities. Indigenous communities are comprised of rich cultures and nations and we are so much more than a perpetual crisis.

In our recent report, we showcase how Indigenous communities relied on their own strengths to spring to action, invite philanthropy to change their approach, and invest their resources quickly to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are “5 Ways Philanthropy Can Better Invest in Indian Country”:

  1. Invest in Indigenous-led organizations and initiatives
  2. Maximize general operating support
  3. Diversify vehicles for investment
  4. Invest in Indigenous community strengths and leadership—not their deficits
  5.  Invest in tribal policy advocacy and tribal leadership

Read the full article about investing in Native American communities at Native Americans in Philanthropy.