Preston Singletary (Bentwood Box)

The Bentwood Box was a beautifully carved box made from wood that was steamed and bent into the shape of a box. The images on the box may represent the clan’s (or shaman’s) crests or supernatural beings that protected and helped them. Many boxes contained sacred or ceremonial objects of great value; the boxes were displayed at potlatches by the elite to demonstrate their great wealth and power in the social hierarchy. (www.prestonsingletary.com)

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Philanthropy

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.