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,

Amber Schulz-Oliver, Board President Welcomes New Executive Director

Dear Friends, I don’t have to tell you that we are living in strange, unprecedented times. We all experience the COVID-19 crisis differently, and yet we are all in it together.  Daily, we are inspired by and grateful for all of the people risking their health and their lives to combat this disease. At Potlatch Fund, we are responding to COVID-19 by stepping up our support of the Native nonprofit organizations that are crucial to maintaining our way of life. I’ll share more about how we’ll be doing that later in this letter. But right now, I am elated to welcome Cleora Hill-Scott (Crow/ Sioux/ Pawnee) as the new, permanent Executive Director of Potlatch Fund.  We are fortunate to have a strong,

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

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update At Potlatch Fund, we are adapting to the new, temporary reality that COVID-19 requires of us. We’re practicing social distancing and working remotely. We’re meeting online. But we are still here for our community. Now more than ever, community will be the key to our long-term well-being. And we want to make sure that the communities and community leaders we serve do more than just survive during this crisis. We want to help them thrive. So we’re busy strategizing how to allocate funding where it will do the most good. We’re asking grantees, “What kind of relief do you need right now?” And we’re listening carefully and thoughtfully to their answers. We will share the details of how