November 13, 2022

Native Americans in Philanthropy creates tribal nations pledge, fund

Native Americans in Philanthropy in Washington, D.C., has announced the launch of a pledge and fund that will enable philanthropy to directly invest in Native American tribes that are conserving and protecting ancestral lands and waterways in the United States. 

The Christensen Fund provided a seed donation of $1 million and pledged 25 percent of its U.S. charitable giving to tribal-led conservation efforts. Native Americans in Philanthropy will convene tribal leaders and inter-tribal organizations to advise the fund and pledge, partner with existing Native-led funding organizations to help distribute funds, and coordinate with government organizations. In its first major action, the Tribal Nations Conservation Pledge and Funding Collaborative partnered with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to fully fund the non-federal matching requirement for all successful tribal applications to its soon-to-be released allocation of $91 million from the White House’s America the Beautiful Challenge. 

“Many global philanthropic investments in Indigenous conservation efforts neglect U.S. based tribes,” said Native Americans in Philanthropy CEO Erik Stegman. “Despite underfunding, tribes consistently demonstrate that they are the best stewards of their lands and waterways, using Indigenous ecological knowledge and their unique legal and political relationship with the U.S. government.”

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