Large Foundations' Grantmaking to Native America

Published in: GIA Reader, Vol 17, No 2 (Summer 2006)

Sarah Hicks and Miriam Jorgense

September2005, 17 pages. The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 617-495-1480

PDF available at The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development

September 2005, 17 pages. The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 617-495-1480

PDF available at The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development

An extension of the Native Americans in Philanthropy studies in the early nineties of large foundations' contributions to Native American causes, this report uses IRS data to present giving trends from 1989 through 2002. Included are a table of the top 25 foundations that give to Native American causes (Ford, Kellogg, Lilly, Robert Wood Johnson, and Northwest Area Foundation are the top five), program areas (the top five are educa-tion, arts and culture, community development, health, and environment), and other comparison tables. It concludes with a set of recommendations for foundations, nonprofits serving Native Americans, and tribal governments for increasing support.