MCF Member Briefing: Indigenous Voices and Practices

Thursday, July 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CDT

Join MCF for a member briefing on the report, Indigenous Voices and Practices: Recommendations for Grantmaking to Native-led Organizations. In October, 2019, The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation convened twenty-three Native American executive leaders from established Native-led and Native youth serving organizations from across the country. The purpose was to develop collective recommendations on how grantmaking should be implemented to strengthen Native youth health and communities as defined and desired by Indigenous communities themselves.

The report highlights six guiding recommendations developed to assist funders in their efforts to create meaningful and lasting relationships with Indigenous communities and the organizations that serve them.

  1. Commit to a long-term, stated investment policy and action plan for Indigenous youth and communities.
  2. Invest in the self-determined success of Indigenous communities.
  3. Begin and sustain relationships built on mutual respect and community engagement.
  4. Co-create processes that are mutually beneficial and meaningful with maximum benefit.
  5. Value, prioritize, and respect Indigenous knowledge and practice.
  6. Let the partner/community set the evaluation framework.

During the MCF member briefing, we will gain insight into the report’s recommendations and we’ll discuss implementation strategies from the perspective of a grantmaker and a community stakeholder. Read the report online. This is an MCF-members only event. Call-in details will be in your confirmation email.


  • Justin Kii Huenemann, President and CEO, Notah Begay III Foundation
  • LeAnn Littlewolf, Economic Development Director, American Indian Community Housing Organization
  • Erik Torch, Director of Grantmaking, Northland Foundation
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