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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Foundations, Economic Development, Microfinance, Philanthropy, Rural Economic Development

Mission: Through a three-pronged strategy of education, advocacy, and capitalization, First Nations Development Institute is working to restore Native control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own - be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources - and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities.

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: Native american foods and health - first nations' work in food systems is at the intersection between food systems/food security and economic development. First nations supports tribes and native communities as they strengthen food systems in their communities, improve health and nutrition and build food security. First nations increases native control over native agriculture and food systems by providing financial and technical support, including training materials, to projects that address the agriculture and food sectors in native communities.

strengthening native american nonprofits - through grant support, technical assistance and training, first nations provides native communities with the tools and resources necessary to create new community-based nonprofit organizations and to strengthen the capacity of existing nonprofits. For 34 years, first nations has supported hundreds of model projects that revitalize native communities while integrating social empowerment and economic strategies. An essential component of first nations nonprofit capacity building strategy is the leadership entrepreneurial and apprenticeship development (lead) program that is identifying and training the next generation of native nonprofit leaders.

financial and investor education - first nations development institute and its wholly-owned subsidiary, first nations oweesta corporation (a community development financial institution), work in partnership with native american tribes and communities throughout the us to assist them in designing and administering financial and investor education programs. The projects range from helping individuals and families understand the basics of financial management - opening and maintaining a bank account and using credit wisely - to helping individuals understand financial markets and a variety of financial instruments for borrowing and saving.

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