Native Americans in Philanthropy and International Funders for Indigenous Peoples Minnesota Meeting
Wednesday, March 30th · Part 1: 8:30am – 1:00pm and Part 2: 1:30pm – 3:30pm — 3:30pm
Join Native Americans in Philanthropy and International Funders for Indigenous Peoples for a pre-Funding Forward meeting that will focus on impact investment in Indigenous communities and youth-driven strategies to invest in Two Spirit programs through cultural reclamation.
Part 1: Impact Investment in Indigenous Communities and Beyond
Part 1 from 8:30am to 1:00pm will introduce the fundamentals and present a spectrum of impact investing. We will introduce a regenerative investing framework and how impact-investing practices need to be modified and or refined to work meaningfully with Indigenous communities and other marginalized communities. We will explore the experience through case studies from the Swift Foundation and others and look at a range of strategies that gives greater coherency across the endowment and leverages all resources, both grants + investments. We will share lessons learned and innovative strategies of leading foundations, investors and community experience. Lastly, we will create an exercise designed to give people experience thinking about impact, measuring impact and experimenting with how investing could create greater benefits in the realm of philanthropy.
Part 2: Youth-Driven Strategies to Invest in Two Spirit Programs: Empowerment Through Cultural Reclamation
Part 2 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm on Youth-Driven Approaches and Two Spirit Identity will focus on why Native American youth suffer from some of the most severe challenges and disparities in the country, including the lowest graduation rates of any ethnic group, and a suicide rate 2.5 times higher than the national rate. Among other reasons, these disparities are the result of decades of historical trauma and failed federal tribal policies. LGBT Native youth, many of whom identify as Two Spirit, face unique challenges and opportunities as they tackle these broader challenges in their urban and reservation tribal communities, while also working to reclaim their cultural identity as Two Spirit people. With a special emphasis on youth, this interactive session led by the Center for Native American Youth, Native Americans in Philanthropy, and other Two Spirit partners will explore what Two Spirit identity means and its implications for funding effective strategies to support this population.
Native Americans in Philanthropy
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples