Supporting Indigenous Communities
First Nations Development Institute
Established in 1984
Mission Statement: First Nations Development Institute’s mission is to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. We invest in and create innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities.
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Impacts & Achievements:
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CEO Salary: 2.39% of expenses
- First Nations Development Institute has issued over $35 million grants dedicated to boosting Native American communities.
- First Nations Development Institute has worked with communities in over 40 states.
- First Nations Development Institute has given grants to 1,648 projects in its 39-year history.
- 100% of First Nations Development Institute board members are Native American, working to give back to their communities.
How First Nations Development Institute is making a difference
Nourishing Native Foods and Health:
One of the key areas of focus for the First Nations Development Institute is combating the issue of access to healthy food for Native American children and families. To do so, the First Nations Development Institute supports tribes and Native communities in building sustainable and beneficial agricultural systems. This support is comprised of financial and technical support to projects pertaining to the food and agricultural sectors of Native communities. First Nations has provided grants and training materials for local partners to lead community-based sustainable food projects.
Strengthening Tribal & Community Institutions:
First Nations Development Institute has been dedicated to strengthening and revitalizing Native communities for more than 35 years through grant support, technical assistance and training. Integrating social empowerment and economic strategies, First Nations Development Institute provides Native American communities with the ability to create new community-centered organizations, or by strengthening the capacities of existing agencies or departments. Individual institutions include organizations centered around increasing community art projects, reducing domestic violence, and connecting “off-reservation” Native communities.
Achieving Native Financial Empowerment:
First Nations Development Institute works to increase investment levels and economic growth in Native communities by partnering with Native American tribes and U.S. communities to assist them with designing and administering financial and investor education programs. This program helps Native people learn how to save and invest from providing projects that range from helping people understand the basics of financial management to provide an overview of financial markets and investing.
Advancing Household & Community Asset-Building Strategies:
The First Nations Development Institute works to build the wealth of and empower Native American communities through partnerships with tribal colleges and community development financial institutions. The organization works to share information about household asset-building programs dedicated to increasing financial literacy, conducts research about financial issues in Native communities, and pushes to create increased financial stability for families and communities. To create systemic economic change, First Nations Development Institute also works with Native American communities to develop new businesses and services, and reclaim direct control of assets. First Nations Development Institute and its wholly-owned subsidiary, First Nations Oweesta Corporation, creates and upholds sustainable economic development by working with reservations and rural Indian communities to create and support community development financial institutions, and through entrepreneurship and business-development projects targeted at both the tribal (macro) and individual (micro) levels.
Investing in Native Youth:
First Nations Development Institute believes the future of Native communities is dependent on the health and well-being of Native youth and places an emphasis on investing in programs and projects that give youth a sense of belonging and tradition in the overall community. Programs include financial education initiatives, and most notably, the Native Youth and Culture Fund, which annually provides grant funds to numerous youth-related projects.