Large Foundations' Grantmaking to Native America

Sarah Hicks (Alutiiq) and Miriam Jorgensen, Ph.D. Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development

This report presents key findings from a study of large foundations' giving to Native American causes and concerns. It addresses the real dollar value of grantmaking from 1989-2002, top donors and top recipients, and the general purposes to which grants are targeted. The pamphlet concludes with a discussion of what the data imply (and in particular, what action they ought to motivate) for foundations, Native-serving nonprofits, and tribal governments.

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