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.
AB264 was just one of eight Tribal-related bills that have either been signed into law this session, or were adopted by the Legislature and await Sisolak’s approval, highlighting one of the most successful legislative sessions in the history of Nevada in terms of Native American affairs.