The Native Cultures Fund has been housed at HAF since 2002. NCF has it's founding in community, and a group of respected Native culture-bearers who desired providing supports to grassroots efforts to Native cultural revitalization, including sacred sites, traditional arts, and languages. All important pieces that form the basis of Indigenous identity and well being. They started by listening and learning to what was needed, largely in what is commonly referred to as northwestern California communities. In time NCF grew these supports to a majority of the state with the partnership of the James Irvine and the William H. and Flora Hewlett Foundations. In 2014, through a generous donor’s bequest, NCF established the Jack Montoya Memorial Fund that provides for grants supporting cultural revitalization and scholarships for California Native students.
Humboldt Area Foundation was established in 1972 by Vera Vietor with the donation of $2.4 million and her home in Bayside. Over the years we have distributed over $80 million in grants and scholarships while growing to over $126 million in assets. Vera’s vision and generosity has inspired thousands of community members to enrich the quality of education, health, the arts, the environment, animal welfare and many other causes in our region.
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