Native Americans & Philanthropy

Indigenous Community Leadership in Response to COVID-19: A Call to Action for the Philanthropic Sector

by Erik Stegman; Joseph Ironhawk Little

Dec 21, 2020

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been severe in tribal communities. As cases of infection increased over the last several months, particularly on tribal reservations in the Southwest, the public became even more aware of the grave community infrastructure inadequacies across Indigenous communities. These include challenges to small business and employment, lack of access to healthcare and supplies, and inadequate access to food and housing.

This report analyzes philanthropic investments in response funds led by Indigenous people and communities, shares the perspectives of community leaders who organized these efforts, and provides key actions for the philanthropic sector to invest in a thriving and sustainable future for Indigenous communities.