Ford Foundation to Support Ongoing Work of Generation Indigenous Response Fund

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Ford Foundation to Support Ongoing Work of Generation Indigenous Response Fund

Native Americans in Philanthropy is proud to announce that it has received a $450,000 grant from Ford Foundation to support the Generation Indigenous Response Fund (#GenIndigenous Fund), a pooled fund housed at The Minneapolis Foundation that supports Native youth organizing by Native-led non-profit organizations.

The Generation Indigenous Initiative was launched by President Obama after listening to Native youth on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in 2014. It focused on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to reach their full potential. After the Administration changed, this network of Native Youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the private sector continued to stand in solidarity for Native youth, each creating opportunities for Native youth by promoting Native youth voices in tribal, state and national dialogues, supporting advocacy, changing policy and cultivating a new generation of Native leaders.Native Americans in Philanthropy’s #GenIndigenous Fund was inspired by the President’s drive to respond to the extreme disparities experienced by Native communities.

“I was honored to be at the White House to help organize the last Generation Indigenous convening under the Obama Administration. I am so pleased to now work at Native Americans in Philanthropy who shares a passionate vision to support Native youth and Native youth-serving programs, opening doors, sometimes kicking open doors, to create opportunities for Native youth to have their voices heard, their leadership strengthened and to lead solutions for their communities,” Gina Jackson (Western Shoshone), Program Director for Native Americans in Philanthropy.

Taking the lead in the philanthropic sector, Native Americans in Philanthropy launched the #GenIndigenous Fund in partnership with The Minneapolis Foundation in 2016 to support Native youth leading advocacy especially in land, water and sovereignty protection...

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