As Native people, we measure wealth not in possessions, but in generosity. We know first-hand the needs of Native communities. We honor, enrich, share and protect Tribal culture and traditions. We know first-hand the needs of Native communities. Through a focus on Youth Development, Community Building, Language Preservation & Education, Native Arts, and Native Student Success, we’re building a richer future for all that we serve.
Our grant-making program focuses on Youth Development, Community Building, Language Preservation & Education, Native Arts, and Native Student Success. We also provide training around financial management, board governance, strategic planning, media management, and nonprofit development for past grantees.
Potlatch builds bridges between Native communities and grantmaking foundations.
- We host “Funders’ briefings” with foundation staff and Native leaders to learn from one another.
- We participate in philanthropic networks to communicate strategies to address the needs and opportunities in Indian Country
- We reach out to individual donors and private foundations without a history of giving to Native communities.
- We help tribal foundations attract additional money.
- We encourage the work of donors and foundations with established histories of providing grants to Native communities.
We look for long-term solutions to systemic challenges facing Northwest Indian people.
Our community-based, holistic approach focuses on root causes. The Potlatch Fund encourages efforts that:
- Evaluate the problems and needs of a community by also evaluating its existing assets.
- Promote community organizing, community building, and community celebration.
- Recognize that problem prevention is key to long-term problem-solving.
We employ innovative strategies and culturally appropriate models.
In addition to seeking out new initiatives, we honor established programs, demonstrated leadership, and already-achieved accomplishments.