Who We Fund

NDN’s geographic grantmaking focus is Turtle Island (also known as North America), which includes the post-colonial regions of the  United States and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as Canada and Mexico.

NDN Collective Who We Fund

NDN Foundation provides grants to Indigenous-led organizations, Tribes, groups, projects and individuals whose work, goals and intentions align with the NDN mission, values, core principles and strategies.  Indigenous-led is defined as 100% board of directors/decision makers, and 70% staff.  While national or International organizations may be supported, NDN prioritizes community-based solutions and community-based organizations, for it is community-based solutions and organizations that are most often under-funded, under-resourced, underinvested and underestimated.  NDN grantmaking is intended to honor and advance the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples.  This includes flexible, unrestricted and meaningful grant support.

NDN Collective defines Indigenous peoples as ethnic communities whose ancestry descends from the earliest, original inhabitants of a given region, in contrast to groups that have settled, occupied, and/or colonized the region more recently. The land on which we live and the natural resources on which we depend are inextricably linked to our identities, cultures, livelihoods, as well as our physical and spiritual well-being. The total estimated population of Indigenous peoples is approximately 370 million people worldwide (5% of the global population). We use Indigenous peoples with an “s” to recognize the diversity of individuals and groups that identify with the term, which has been distilled to a singular noun throughout history in an attempt to group our people together rather than recognize our differences and diversity. This is consistent with the UN Declaration on The Rights of Indigenous peoples. 

NDN’s geographic grantmaking focus is Turtle Island (also known as North America), which includes the post-colonial regions of the  United States and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as Canada and Mexico.  We honor the self-determination of Indigenous people of Turtle Island through all of our grantmaking.

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