(Jan. 18, 2013) — The Headwaters Foundation for Justice announced today new partnerships with two Native American philanthropies, the national Honor the Earth Campaign and the Two Feathers Endowment, an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. Serving as an intermediary, Headwaters will further the goals of these respective partners in different ways.
Honor the Earth is a Native-led organization, established in 1993 by Winona LaDuke and Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. As a unique national Native initiative, Honor the Earth works to a) raise public awareness and b) raise and direct funds to grassroots Native environmental groups. Starting this year, the Headwaters Foundation will be managing the distribution of grant funds for Honor the Earth, as a donor advised fund of the Foundation. The Honor the Earth grant program is rooted in the key principles of Native-directed grantmaking and indigenous wisdom, which is a powerful tool to create enduring, systemic change and must be recognized as a legitimate and strategic component of Native organizing models.
With a $70,000 grant from the Two Feathers Endowment, Headwaters will invest half of the grant in future grants through the Fund of the Sacred Circle Endowment, support capacity building efforts around language revitalization programs in Native-led grantee organizations, and enable Headwaters to implement a multi-year giving strategy to strengthen native-led nonprofits, with grants to Dakota Wicohan, Phillips Indian Educators, and Migizi Communications. Headwaters' Fund of the Sacred Circle supports the work of Native urban, rural and tribal groups to address systemic issues affecting American Indian communities. Focus areas include language and cultural revitalization, land and environmental restoration, sovereignty and treaty rights and self-determination and civil rights. Established in 1999, the Fund of the Sacred Circle is directed by Native community leaders who make funding decisions. Since the fund began making grants in 2001, it has awarded 61 grants totaling $575,000.
Headwaters' Fund of the Sacred Circle supports the work of Native urban, rural and tribal groups to address systemic issues affecting American Indian communities. The Headwaters Foundation for Justice is a catalyst for social, racial, economic and environmental justice. The Foundation was established in 1984 with the belief that the power of fundamental social change is in the hands of ordinary people. The Foundation distributes over $500,000 annually to groups working for social change. In its 28-year history, Headwaters has provided more than $9.3 million dollars in grants to the community. Through grantmaking and organizational assistance, Headwaters focuses on grassroots efforts, engaging and partnering with a committed community of donors and allies in its work.
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