Press Release: Report Shows Declines in Large Foundation Giving to Native Americans

First Nations Report Highlights Declines in Large Foundations Giving to Native Americans

Annual giving by large foundations to Native causes declined by a hefty 29%, a $35 million drop.

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“It’s disheartening and a little maddening,” said Michael Roberts, President & CEO of First Nations, “that during the Great Recession, grantmaking to Indian causes by large philanthropy was cut in half – that as Indians, we bore the burden of philanthropy’s decreased giving. And although the markets have returned and foundation portfolios have recovered, grantmaking to Indian causes has not returned to previous levels and we continue to lose ground.”