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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Partnership With Native Americans (formerly National Relief Charities) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit committed to championing hope for a brighter future for Native Americans living on remote, isolated and impoverished reservations. PWNA maintains relations with more than 1,000 reservation partners focused on leading positive change within their tribal communities. A BBB-accredited charity, our mission is: Serving immediate needs. Supporting long-term solutions. Our vision is: Strong, self-sufficient Native American communities.

Results: PWNA is known among our reservation partners as a solid, steady resource that provides the right goods – the requested goods – in the right time and right way for tribal communities. We achieve 96% customer satisfaction, providing aid to areas most organizations cannot reach. In addition to delivering essential goods and services, PWNA is developing community leaders who can drive social change in their reservation communities. We are also challenging dependency and poverty by involving community members in the delivery of our services--simultaneously enhancing capacity while meeting diverse needs. Each year, 90-95% of our scholarship students complete the college year, and hundreds of thousands of Native Americans welcome relief from day-to-day symptoms of poverty. Our annual report, effectiveness report, partner and participant stories, and press coverage are published on our website at www.nativepartnership.org. Our BBB report is available at http://give.org/charity-reviews/national/human-services/partnership-with-native-americans-in-addison-tx-627. Our Charting Impact report is available at http://www.guidestar.org/report/chartingimpact/689015983/partnership-native-americans.pdf.

Target demographics: PWNA provides consistent aid and services for Native Americans with the highest needs in the U.S.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Collaborating with our reservation partners, we improve quality of life for 250,000 Native Americans each year, and yet there is more to do.

Geographic areas served: PWNA's scholarships are offered nationwide to tribally-enrolled Native Americans students. Our long-term solutions and our material goods and services for immediate relief span 60 reservations throughout the Southwest and Northern Plains regions of the U.S.

Programs: PWNA cares about quality of life and supports the self-determined goals of the tribes. Our programs (AIEF, ROAR, CIN, AIRC, SNRF, NAA, SWIRC and NRF) span education, animal welfare and Northern Plains and Southwest reservation aid. Specifically, our material services focus on nutrition, health, K-12 education, emergency relief, animal welfare, and holiday needs being addressed by our reservation partners within their tribal communities. Our long-term solutions support higher education, community investment projects, and capacity-building for local leaders and reservation communities. PWNA connects outside resources directly to the reservations through our distribution network and reservation partnerships.

Community Stories

124 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leupp Schools, Inc. (LSI) is a Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) funded-school located on the southwestern part of the Navajo Reservation along the Little Colorado River. The school serves approximately 200 students in grades K-12 including the Family and Children Education (FACE) Program. The vision of LSI is, “Building the Future, Keeping the Past.”In keeping with the school’s vision, LSI made plans to pursue a garden project on the school campus. During School Year 2015-2016, the high school students developed an action plan which they followed closely under the supervision and guidance of the high school math and science teachers. By the end of March 2016, the garden beds were completed and installed accordingly as planned. Before planting, a harvest blessing ceremony was performed by a local Navajo medicine man to ensure a successful harvest and to ensure the successful learning of our students.By the end of the first week in May 2016, the students finally planted flowers and vegetables in their respective garden beds. In the process of planting, unexpectantly, the campus beautification project emerged for the high school Botany Class. As a result, they placed three flower beds in front of the main school building and planted several rose bushes along the side of the main school building. The flowers are beginning to bloom and flourish, which truly adds beauty to the school campus.This has been an exciting year for our students, particularly for the high school students who were involved with the hands-on learning project including manual labor. To actually see the outcome of their workmanship was highly rewarding for them. Planting was also a positive learning experience for all students, which was enjoyable for them. Watering the garden is another learning experience for the students because the seeds that were planted are now beginning to show signs of growth. LSI is very grateful for the funding made possible through Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) of Phoenix, AZ for our harvest project. All of the materials, supplies and equipment needed for our harvest project were obtained with the PWNA funding. The project coordinator has been very supportive and extremely helpful in guiding us through the process. LSI now has a garden and we are now looking forward to harvest time. Thank you very much PWNA for your kind assistance and support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

By way of introduction my name is David Smith the principal at a BIE school on the Navajo Reservation. We have been partnering with the PWNA for 4 years. We have been able to invite community members, and parents to enjoy a holiday meal with there students at the school. The PWNA partnership has been instrumental in assisting us with holiday socks for students, which they really enjoy receiving and are excited to get a big sock, with useful items. We are isolated from major stores, so this service is great.

The healthy living program has been great in adding to our parent meetings and participation the parents have enjoyed every thing they have been given and is an incentive to come to the trainings and meetings.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jemez Senior Program has worked with Partnership with Native Americans (PWNA) for a few years now and it has been great. PWNA Services that the Senior Program has utilized are: Food, Healthy Living, Community Event, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Home modification (handicap ramp installation), Winter food boxes, and Bulk. Our community members benefit significantly from the partnership because the Senior Program does not have the luxury to provide the additional assistance to the Elders without the help of PWNA. We also appreciate all the donors who contribute to PWNA because they help make our communities a better place to live, "ta-ka-nopah"-Thank You! The staff at PWNA are courteous, helpful and caring which makes our partnership easy and smooth. The drivers who deliver our goods are always friendly. The warehouse workers make sure our goods are quality. "Ta-ka-nopah"-Thank you PWNA!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Summit School District in northeastern South Dakota has worked with Partnerships With Native Americans as a collaborative partner since 2015. In just one year, PWNA has made many great community activities happen for our youth! From providing needed items for our children to start school on a positive note, providing items for our children to celebrate during the Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, and Easter holiday, and help advance the literacy program for our youth and adults, none of these events would have been possible without this great organization , its employees, and donors.
We have worked very closely with Eric L. and his staff in the Rapid City office and they have been nothing but magnificent! From the communication of ordering, to the truck drivers delivering, everyone is wonderful to work with and are always knowledgeable when you have questions. PWNA is one of those rare nonprofits which really reaches out and provides resources right to the people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a "reviewer" for the National Scholarship committee for the American Indian Education Foundation (AIEF) for the past 14 years. I have served on several national committees for Native American students and find that this committee is the most dedicated and thorough committee I have ever had the privilege to serve. The other committee members are dedicated Native and non-Native professionals who spend countless hours reviewing hundreds of student applications each year as volunteers. Our goal is to make as many Native students educational experiences as successful as possible. It warms our hearts when the selection process is completed and we can actually see the faces in photographs of the students who have been awarded. We remember these students throughout the years. It is an honor and privilege to serve on this committee. It has been one of the most rewarding activities I have been involved with as a Native educator in my 40 years of serving Native students. Thank you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I would like to personally say that I am very impressed with the PWNA. Freightquote has worked with Rick in AZ for over 10 years. Much respect Rick is always on top of each order and is one of the best in the business with coordinating schedules. Their business model is one of a kind for all involved. Friendly and Outstanding in his role. Always a pleasure to work with!!! Impressive Organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Partnership with Native Americans is an amazing organization that makes a tremendous impact on fellow native communities. I'm so grateful for PWNA and having the opportunity to be a volunteer for what they provide.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked with Mr. Rafael Tapia for many years. I recently learned of his involvement with Partnership with Native Americans. What a blessing this organization is to Indian Country, and the broader community. I toured their offices recently, I was overwhelmed with happiness for the work they are doing in the community. Providing basic needs for native communities with such grace and integrity.

This organization uplifts all of us. Any corporation thinking about joining this group, hurry! Run don't walk. You won't regret it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been working with PWNA for over 25 years,and they have helped hundreds of thousands native americans with food,books,cloths,medical,household supplies,and even planted 300 fruit trees in a community 20 years ago.100% goes to the clients,they are great,people the Manager in Phoenix,Mr. Miller is a real stad up gentl;eman that cares a lot about the people and the company,sp if you are looking for a worth while donation,please this is the one,it really helps those in need
Sincerely
Larry erickson

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my experience, PWNA is managed very professionally -- resulting in great services and efficiency in their relief and development efforts. They are not just meeting the immediate needs of the people, but they are also developing long-term solutions to support the initiatives of their partners on the reservations. I've worked with PWNA for several years helping them to collect the products they need to serve the people in their care, and I've been continually impressed by them throughout that time. The organization is well put together, and the individuals truly care about the people they serve.