Potlatch Fund and the Future of Philanthropy

Something exciting happened to philanthropy last year because of COVID-19. Across the country, a number of prominent, large foundations began publicly adopting the tenets of trust-based philanthropy and community-based philanthropy, guided by the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Partly they did this in order to get emergency funding quickly to community organizations “on the ground” that were responding to the many crises brought on or worsened by the pandemic. In trust-based philanthropy, the power dynamics between funders and grantee partners shift and have the potential to transform relationships. The result is a process that’s more personal and less transactional, more trusting and less suspicious, and more about sharing power than maintaining the status quo. Community-based philanthropy allows communities to

Announcing New Resiliency Fund

 Potlatch Fund Resiliency Fund BRING US YOUR DREAMS Applications open June 21st, 2021. Dream with us. It’s a new day. Time to breathe deeper and to stand strong in our resilience. Time to gather and ignite new dreams. Time to light up our visions across our cultures. Time to lift up our hopes across our communities. Potlatch Fund invites you to help lead us forward. For our communities. For our cultures. For our relations. It’s time. Do you have a dream, a great idea, for serving your Indigenous community? We want to know. Is there a project or community program we can help fund? Are you a Native artist with passion, voice, vision? Are you called to be a

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: https://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

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

Potlatch Fund Announces 2020 Critical Response Grants Recipients (Round 3)

Dear Friends, Recently the Potlatch Fund Board of Directors met to award 42 Critical Response Grants to individuals and organizations serving Native communities across the Pacific Northwest during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. From the beginning of the pandemic, Potlatch Fund has been strategizing the best ways to meet the most urgent needs of our communities. The decision was made early on to pause our regular grantmaking programs and to free up funds from both those programs and our general operating funds in order to get support to our Native communities as fast as possible. We were careful to honor the original intention of our grantmaking programs by supporting Native artists, Native language preservationists, and Native youth-led programs. At the same

Potlatch Fund Announces 2020 Community Building Grant Recipients

Potlatch Fund Announces 2020 Community Building Grant Recipients Dear Friends, Now more than ever, our Community Building Grants are vital to supporting individuals and organizations as they seek to nurture a sense of community among Native people. We have all had to adjust to new ways of doing things because of COVID-19, and these new realities have left some of our Native relatives feeling isolated and cut off from normal opportunities for fellowship, sharing, laughter, and healing. We have appreciated the opportunities technology has provided for us to stay connected, realizing at the same time that a computer screen is no long-term substitute for being together. As our states begin opening back up to more normal activities, we at Potlatch

Critical Response Grants – Emergency 2020 COVID-19 Relief Funding (Round 2)

Critical Response Grants – Emergency COVID-19 Relief Funding: Potlatch Fund is committed to supporting our communities in Northwest Indian Country in the best way possible during the ongoing crisis presented by COVID-19, as normal routines are upended and new needs emerge on an almost daily basis. To that end, we focused our second round of emergency funding on current grantees and surveyed them to find out what needs were the most urgent in their communities. They are the ones on the ground in their communities, and we wanted to hear what they had to say. Two things became clear to us during these conversations. First, that the overwhelming need during this time of upheaval is for flexible, unrestricted funding. And second,

Announcing: Healthy Pathways for Native Youth Grantees 2020

Announcing: Healthy Pathways for Native Youth Grantees 2020 At Potlatch Fund, we have been discussing—along with many of our nonprofit foundation partners—how best to support our grantees during the rapidly evolving crisis presented by COVID-19. One thing was immediately apparent when we began talking. Many of the projects already approved for funding through our Healthy Pathways for Native Youth (HPNY) grants were plunged into uncertain territory by the virus. Could the canoe journeys still happen if they weren’t scheduled until later in the summer? What about the overnight camps, learning retreats, and daytime cultural activities? No one knows for sure, and the information about the virus changes daily. Our collective uncertainty binds us together. At the same time, these are