Capacity Building Program

"From the business aspect of it, as an artist we are running our own businesses and Potlatch definitely helped me put that all into perspective." Toma Villa, Yakama (Native Arts Cohort)

"Potlach Fund has done a very good job of advocating for Natives and the work that we all do, and the people I have worked with in the cohort have become family." Gerri Smalls, Northern Cheyenne
(Nonprofit Management Cohort)

Our Model

Potlatch Fund has the unique experience of visiting nearly every Tribal and urban Native community in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana to provide training and technical assistance services under our Capacity Building Program. In 2014 the training program evolved into a cohort-based delivery model. The program is part of our ongoing efforts at increasing philanthropy in Northwest Indian Country through the education of philanthropic entities and Native-led nonprofits.

Please note that not all cohorts are offered every year mostly due to funding levels. In 2016, Potlatch Fund is offering cohort training and technical assistance in Nonprofit Management and Language Preservation.

What do we do?

In essence, the Capacity Building Program is about our people, empowering emerging leaders, and developing sound strategies in nonprofit management as well as fundraising and grant writing to increase organizational capacity of Native-led organizations. Our redesigned capacity building program helped a total of 51 individuals representing 35 Native-led nonprofit organizations, Native arts organizations, or individual Native artists to strengthen their knowledge, skills, and professional networks by participating in one of two 10-month learning cohorts.

We also offer Fee-for-Service trainngs focused on organizational development. The six curriculum areas are: Journey to Success Fundraising; Introduction to Financial Management; Nonprofit Governance; Nonprofit Startup; Media Management; and Language Preservation.