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
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
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,
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
The Potlatch Fund Board and Staff raise our hands to our sponsors, supporters, donors, guests, volunteers, and all those that embraced the spirit of Potlatch at our 18th Annual Virtual Gala this year. We also wish to express our deep gratitude and admiration to the gifted performers and presenters that made this virtual event truly magical. If you didn’t get a chance to attend the event you can still participate by donating here: https://zurl.co/GEjp Also, stay tuned for information about an encore watch-party viewing event. #PF2020Gala #RezCarpet DONATE HERE Support Indigenous Artists! All Proceeds from the Silent Auction will help support the 2021 Native Arts Grant Cycle. This year’s annual Potlatch Fund Gala Silent Auction is virtual. The Potlatch
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
SE-AH-DOM EDMO 2020 SPIRIT OF RECIPROCITY Award Recipient The Spirit of Reciprocity Award was established by Potlatch Fund to recognize emerging leaders from the local community who have demonstrated significant promise of leadership, participation, and accomplishment within Northwest Indian Country. This year’s winner of the award is Se-ah-dom Edmo of Portland, Oregon. Se-ah-dom (Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce and Yakama) is currently the executive director of MRG Foundation and a founder of the Northwest Justice Funders Collective, a group of eight foundations including Potlatch Fund that intentionally fund communities of color, LGBTQ+ people, women, immigrants, and refugees, and grassroots groups working for justice. Se-ah-dom comes from a background of advocacy and organizing work on behalf of tribes and LBGTQ justice. She is
Quileute Language Preservation Project James Jaime has a passion for preserving the Quileute language. He grew up in La Push, Washington, and watched over the years as the number of fluent Quileute language speakers decreased from 2,000 to just one, while at the same time the tribe’s population more than doubled. With help, James began cataloging and indexing materials and resources. And although the Quileute language is now considered “extinct” by some, James isn’t going to let it die. With help from Potlatch Fund, he participated in a Language Cohort with 14 other members, an experience he says gave him the energy and hope to persevere in his quest. Today, James and his team have produced four out of six
Núun ken’ witnéewit – Our Way of Weaving. Using natural materials gathered from the land. Celeste Whitewolf practiced law for 20 years until a diagnosis of breast cancer changed the direction of her life. Since then, she’s founded an organization to help other Native people and their caregivers thrive through cancer, and seven years ago she decided to become a weaver. Celeste’s journey embodies the spirit of generosity and reciprocity we celebrate here at Potlatch Fund. Join us for our 18th Annual Gala on November 7 to support Native Artists like Celeste in her journey to preserve and renew the traditional Native art of weaving through her project “Núun ken’ witnéewit – Our Way of Weaving.” REGISTER FOR THE 2020
Potlatch Fund and the community comes together virtually for a night of Indigenous Resilience; Colonial Resistance at the 2020 Potlatch Fund Annual Gala on Saturday, November 7, at 5p.m. PDT.
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