Grant Partner Spotlight: Marlene R. Simla

Checking in with Yakama Tribal elder, MARLENE R. SIMLA At Potlatch Fund, the hard realities of the pandemic remind us of how important it is to support our culture keepers, many of whom are elders, not only with funding but also with care and attention. We decided to check in with a few of our elder grant partners, to see how they’re doing during the pandemic. While we are well aware of the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, we also pause to acknowledge with deep respect the resiliency of our Native relatives. We are pleased to introduce respected storyteller and elder Marlene R. Simla (Yakama) of Toppenish, Washington. Marlene is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, born and raised on

Native Professionals Night: Healing With Our Elders

Native Professionals Night: Healing With Our Elders A Potlatch Fund One Fire Storytellers Series with Special Guests Glen and Yvette Pinkham Register here: https://bit.ly/2OeavCQ This event is on Zoom and the Zoom link will be sent out prior to the event. We invite our community to Native Professionals Night – Healing With Our Elders with Glen and Yvette Pinkham. As the one-year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic comes into view, Potlatch Fund presents a community event for Native professionals to come together in a healing way. With COVID-19 creating so many barriers to coming together, we recognize the need to visit with elders and each other in a cultural and spiritual way. Join us for this hour and

2021 Grants – Upcoming grant opportunities are soon to be announced.

2021 Grants – Upcoming grant opportunities are soon to be announced. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Potlatch Fund is continuing to find new ways to safeguard our community’s culture keepers. Many of our regular grant programs are closed in lieu of emergency Covid-19 grants. To hear about our upcoming, soon to be announced grants focused on helping Native communities during the COVID-19 pandemic follow our social feeds and emails below. Social accounts: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PotlatchFund Twitter: https://twitter.com/PotlatchFund Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/potlatchfund/ Email/newsletter signup form: Facebook: http://www.potlatchfund.org/contact/ (Scroll to the bottom of the page)  

Helping Native Communities Thrive During COVID-19: 2020 Critical Response Grants (Round 1)

Helping Native Communities Thrive During COVID-19: Critical Response Grants From the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Potlatch Fund looked for the best way to support Native individuals and communities with emergency funding. By talking to current grant partners—the ones on the ground in their communities—we discovered the need for flexible, unrestricted funding in mostly rural and less populated communities within our service area. While we focused first on Native communities in Idaho, Oregon, and Montana, we were able to make additional grants to individuals and organizations in Washington as additional funding became available. We are pleased to announce the next round of Critical Response Grants to the following individuals and organizations: Individuals: Alyssa London of Bothell, WA Marlene Spencer Simla

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2021 Two Local Native American Organizations Receive Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Funding To Boost COVID-19 Relief Efforts in Struggling Pacific NW Communities SEATTLE, February 1, 2021 – Potlatch Fund and Na’ah Illahee Fund—two Seattle-based nonprofit organizations serving Indigenous communities across the Pacific Northwest with programs and funding—are pleased to announce new funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation which will help both organizations provide vital support to Native communities during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Both Potlatch Fund and Na’ah Illahee Fund have disbursed emergency funding to individuals and communities since the COVID-19 pandemic began last March. For Potlatch Fund, this funding took the form of Critical Response Grants after staff members reached out

Close the gap

Dear Friends of Potlatch Fund, We were honored to hold meaningful space with our community during our 2020 Fundraising Gala last month. To be honest, we weren’t sure how well a virtual gala would work. And although we missed seeing all of you in person, we were grateful that so many of you showed up to celebrate and support the important work Potlatch Fund and its grant partners do every day in our communities. As a community, we were lifted up by the stories of Potlatch Fund grant recipients who are preserving Native ways for future generations. We were entertained by a rich diversity of Native artists. We heard encouraging messages from Potlatch Fund leaders. Altogether, it was an inspiring

Gala Wrap Up from Dustin Monroe

A MESSAGE FROM: Dustin Monroe Vice-President Potlatch Fund Board of Directors Gala Committee Chair Dear Friends, My heart is filled with gratitude for all of you who joined Potlatch Fund for our 18th Annual Gala. Along with so many other organizations this year, Potlatch Fund transitioned this event to be online to keep our loved ones and communities safe from COVID-19. Serving as the Chair of the Gala Committee and the Potlatch Board Vice-President, I knew we had our work cut out for us. We weren’t sure how our community would respond to a virtual event. Our strength as a community comes from those times; we can greet one another face-to-face and gather to share our cultures and stories. We miss those opportunities,

Grant Partner Check In

We are reaching out to  invite grant recipient partners to support our efforts to ensure that Potlatch Fund is staying connected and informed about the needs in our Northwest Native Communities. The next few months will be critical as we approach colder seasons and we anticipate the COVID-19 pandemic to continue well into 2021. Check your email for the meeting link. Please Join Us! Date: Friday, November 20th, 2020 12:00 PM (PST) Add to Calendar 6:00 PM (PST) Add to Calendar Over this past year we have been responding to COVID-19 by stepping up our grantmaking support of Tribal departments, Native nonprofit organizations, and Native Artists – all of which are crucial to maintaining our way of life. We are

A Celebration of: Indigenous Resilience. Colonial Resistance

Native communities know about philanthropy. “Philanthropy in Indian Country is more important than ever, to reclaim what is lost and to build our communities,” says Potlatch Board President Amber Schulz-Oliver. “Whether you call it give-away or potlatch, we have always practiced systems to be able to redistribute wealth.” Join us for our 18th Annual Gala on November 7 to find out how Potlatch Fund has been affirming and advancing the Native traditions of giving and generosity at a time when Native communities are grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Register here. While the pandemic has highlighted deep inequities in how Native communities are funded by traditional philanthropy, it has also provided an opportunity for Potlatch Fund to further advance a model