Wells Fargo Foundation provides nearly $13 million to Native nonprofits
RENO, Nev. — The Wells Fargo Foundation announced recently it awarded nearly $13 million to nonprofits supporting American Indian and Alaska Native communities last year.
According to Wells Fargo, the funding “will help increase homeownership, energy sovereignty and workforce development on tribal lands; promote development of native owned small businesses; and help build capacity for nonprofits to better serve their clients in Indian Country.”
The grants are the first phase of the Wells Fargo Foundation’s five-year, $50 million philanthropic commitment announced in 2017 to address economic, social and environmental needs of Native communities.
The $13 million in grants doled out in 2018 went to 25 organizations and range from $50,000 to $5 million and fall into four focus areas: helping tribal members succeed financially; advancing tribal homeownership; advancing energy sovereignty; and capacity building for Native nonprofits.
The following organizations received funding in 2018: ffiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corp.; Americans for Indian Opportunity; American Indian Chamber of Commerce Education Fund; American Indian College Fund; American Indian Engineering and Science Society; American Indian Graduate Center; American Indian Higher Education Consortium; Cook Inlet Lending Center; Enterprise Community Partners; First Nations Oweesta; GRID Alternatives’ Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund; Housing Assistance Council; Indian Land Tenure Foundation; Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Minnesota Housing Partnership; Native American Finance Officers Association; National American Indian Housing Council; National Congress of American Indians Fund; National Indian Council on Aging; Native Americans in Philanthropy; Neighborhood Reinvestment; Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition; ONABEN; Operation Tiny Home; and Prosperity Now.
Nonprofits serving individuals, families and businesses in Indian Country who wish to be considered for a grant under the foundation’s commitment should contact AIANPhilanthropy@wellsfargo.com to determine eligibility.
Stacey Montooth, a member of the Walker River Paiute Nation who works currently as Public Relations and Community Information Officer for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, will start her new role Sept. 1.