The Future of Philanthropy at Potlatch Fund

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

Nimiipuu Nurtures Emerging Environmental Leaders

When the Nimiipuu launched the canoe they’d built on the Snake River in 2017, it was the first tribal canoe on their ancestral waters in 113 years. More widely known as the Nez Perce Tribe of Lapwai, Idaho, the Nimiipuu have long been active stewards of their traditional homelands, working to protect the health of the environment by sponsoring educational summits and workshops, partnering with other environmental organizations, and advocating for the removal of the four lower Snake River dams. Building and launching a tribal canoe was a natural continuation of this mission, entwined with the vision of a free-flowing river and access to traditional lands for fishing, hunting and gathering food, according to Julian Matthews, coordinator for Nimiipuu Protecting

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: 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

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