Native Americans & Philanthropy

Honoring and Resourcing Native Communities to Lead the Climate Fight

Feb 1, 2022

Native Peoples have experienced environmental racism and devastation for generations but contribute the least to climate change. Indigenous communities are often the most negatively impacted by environmental destruction. Native leaders are fighting on the frontlines for environmental justice. Indigenous practices offer healing and sustainable alternatives to land and resource exploitation. But funding to Indigenous-led organizations is not equitable. This report outlines the complex problems facing Native communities and specifically the challenges for Indigenous-led organizations addressing climate change. We share in this report ways for funders to develop and deepen relationships with Native-led nonprofits and to support their community organizing and advocacy efforts.