ONE Spirit

Rating: 4.96 stars   90 reviews 3,961

Issues: Human Services, Immigration

Location: PO Box 3209 Rapid City SD 57709 USA

Mission: The ONE Spirit Mission is to assist the Lakota people in preserving and revitalizing the Lakota culture, language, and self-sufficiency while meeting the basic needs of Lakota families, children, and elders. We strive to cultivate an intercultural relationship that recognizes that we are all related and that American Indians are an equal and valued part of our society.
Results: Food delivered monthly to the homes of 1500 people on the reservation. Lakota employed in wood and home repair programs supported by One Spirit. Safe house built this year for youth. Fundraising now for youth centers to be built in every area of the reservation. 700 children and elders in sponsorship program.
Target demographics: The 40,000 people on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1500 per month in food program 20 children regularly in the safe house 150 homes heated through the wood program 700 children and elders served through the sponsorship program 500 people benefitted from the Okini program
Geographic areas served: Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
Programs: Sponsorship, food, heat, youth programs
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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570-460-6567
www.nativeprogress.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

One Spirit was brought to my attention through a blog I read, written by a young Lakota man. He recommended One Spirit as an upstanding organization that actually does what it says and impacts the lives of the people on the reservation. As I researched One Spirit myself and visited their website I was impressed with all of the various ways they provide to make donations - direct sponsorship, monthly or one-time donations through paypal, and the okini list. I was also impressed with the fact that money and contributions go directly to the people who need it and not into an administrator's wallet.

I have donated several times through pay pal and the raffles/contests that pop up and will continue to support them any way I can. It's a cause and an organization I feel good about supporting.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None that I've come across so far.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

South Dakota reservations have the highest poverty level in the United States. It's shameful and unnecessary. I believe all people have the right to human dignity that includes a roof over your head and food on your table. One Spirit helps give dignity to the most impoverished yet honorable and proud deserving people.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a higher profile

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have supported this group over the years because I know all of the contributions go to help the people. The volunteers are very dedicated people.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are no changes.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I started supporting this group several years ago by sponsoring a family. The amazing thing was they didn't want money, they just wanted me to supply basics to three young boys. I now support the group with donations for food and/or wood for heat. They give you a list of exactly what will be delivered to these needy families. They are well organized and have only the welfare of the Lakota people in their hearts. This is the one group I would not hesitate to help or recommend.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I haven't donated much, but what I have donated was acknowledged and thanks were sent promptly by e-mail. I feel appreciated and I know my contributions make a positive difference. I'm so glad this organization exists because I know there is a big need for their services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move myself to South Dakota so I could volunteer

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

We love sponsoring children through One Spirit! It has been very rewarding and a positive experience for the whole family. We feel like we are making a difference in one families life.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a donor to One Spirit as well as contributing through their Okini program. I know that my contributions make a difference in part because of their transparency in their emails, postings on social networks and such. If there was every a non-profit making a difference, One Spirit is it!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've talked to Jena Baker several times, always a pleasant conversation and to the point. What great honesty and pride I hear in her voice when she speaks of One Spirit mission to help her people. I help out personally a couple times a year with donations. But all throughout the year I help by posting their site information and start food drives and such. This is a very good organization with nothing but 100% commitment to help the people of Pine Ridge.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Like to get enough donations so they can build more than one greenhouse and more than three food banks.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

This group helps people so much and i'm happy to be a small part in it!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was in a sad place when I first learned of One Spirit. My parents had died and cleaning out their house, I had a great deal of extra sewing supplies. Then I read that One Spirit needed sewing supply donations for the Grandmothers on the reservation to make quilts. It seemed like fate! I had studied the legendary Lakota because my degrees are in Anthropology and always loved our Native cultures, but One Spirit has shown me the living people. Since then I have donated several times to the Food program and I am always wondering how else I can help. One Spirit keeps us up to date with the activities of the Lakota and I love seeing the beauty and charm of the children, the activism of the women and the power of the Marathon Runners. The USA has sacrificed our First People in the name of progress but I see the Lakota taking charge of their own power and working hard to make things right for themselves. I support One Spirit because through this organization, the Lakota give as much to me as I can to them, maybe more, because always they inspire me to strive to be a better person. They're great Americans and we should all support them! Thank you for this opportunity to review their excellent efforts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Like to see them earn some Federal grants to further improve things on the Reservation, so the kids can have computers and playgrounds and the adults can have current technology and opportunities for career advancement. Also money for additional infrastructure on the reservation like solar on people's homes, especially solar heating for those awful winters. this could also be a training opportunity for the men.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family works closely with jeri baker and Bamm brewer on the wood program to heat homes smd the crazy horse ride.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them reach more audiences to help them attract more funding.

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Definitely

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Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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