Since 2002, Potlatch Fund has distributed $3.5 million in grants to Northwest Native communities. We aim to continue expanding philanthropy across Indian Country through the following intiatives.
Potlatch builds bridges between Native communities and grantmaking foundations.
- We host "Funders' briefings" with foundation staff and Native leaders to learn from one another.
- We participate in philanthropic networks to communicate strategies to address the needs and opportunities in Indian Country
- We reach out to individual donors and private foundations without a history of giving to Native communities.
- We help tribal foundations attract additional money.
- We encourage the work of donors and foundations with established histories of providing grants to Native communities.
We look for long-term solutions to systemic challenges facing Northwest Indian people.
Our community-based, holistic approach focuses on root causes. The Potlatch Fund encourages efforts that:
- Evaluate the problems and needs of a community by also evaluating its existing assets.
- Promote community organizing, community building, and community celebration.
- Recognize that problem prevention is key to long-term problem solving.
We employ innovative strategies and culturally appropriate models.
In addition to seeking out new initiatives, we honor established programs, demonstrated leadership, and already-achieved accomplishments.