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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

149 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PWNA is a quality organization who provided support of our community garden project in San Carlos, Arizona for the Apache people. We are a new non-profit organization called Nalwoodi Denzhone community (NDC). PWNA recognized our vision of revitalization of the San Carlos Apache people and land, and they jumped right in to support our efforts. Our garden is now providing both education and fresh, healthy produce for many Apaches! We had a great experience working with Shane Burnette and look forward to further partnerships! Thanks PWNA!

Donor

Rating: 5

Partnership With Native Americans continues to be a shining star with their advocacy programs and investments dedicated to our nation's Native American communities. Year over year they have expanded the footprint of their outreach programs impacting more than 250,000 Native Americans .

I am proud to be affiliated with the initiatives set forth by this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Partnership with Native Americans has been helping our community and surrounding communities for years by donating items that families are in need of. We are currently apart of the Healthy Living Program, we do home visits with families that have new babies and educate them on infant nutrition and home safety. The items we get from PWNA help with morale, improved programming, consistent appointments and overall well being of the families we serve.
The staff are always polite, professional and eager to help. I have never had a bad experience. Thank you PWNA for your continued support of our programs. We very much appreciate you all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PWNA benefitted me personally through their 4D leadership develpment program, which I thought was a top-notch experience. My organization has also benefited through their grant program, which assisted us in getting our vegetable gardens set up for success. I know that several other organizations on the reservations in our area have also appreciated the services of PWNA.

The leadership has been caring and personable in all my interactions and I look forward to continuing our relationship moving forward.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great team. I was glad to be a part of their first leadership cohort, and I have since nominated several other folks to the program.

They have also helped our community with a variety of resources including training, materials, and support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Partnership With Native Americans has made a great impact on our clients. We are currently in the Healthy Living Program, and we have them exercise 3 times a week and their incentive at the end of the month are the items that are sent to us from PWNA. Products that are sent to us are of much use to our elderly clients and are very much appreciated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through all the hardship of health issues, we try to extend vital information to the elders of our community to take it and live it in their daily lives. To prolong their lives because elders are full of stories they can share into the next generation. PWNA has played a very important role in helping us promote these health related information by providing incentives for elders and the incentives draws interest to the information and/or presentations we provide at our local Senior Centers. Kudos! to everyone at PWNA and appreciate all the donors! Thank you.

Aaron Robert V.

Client Served

Rating: 4

PWNA has assisted the Tokata youth Center in providing resources and incentives to help improve the programming we are able to offer. I look forward to our continued partnership.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Paula Beasley, I am from the Navajo Nation in Sanders AZ. My dad started helping different ministries on the rez in 1996. I started helping him with the distribution and basically took over for him in 2009, when he got sick. We started with PWNA around that time, and they have been a tremendous help for our 11 ministries that we assist with. We have 3 ministries in Gallup, NM that help with the homeless and help with feeding them and clothing them, and we have 8 that help out various places on the rez. PWNA has been a huge asset with these ministries continuing. We have been very blessed to have PWNA as a part of out community. We are thankful for all that PWNA has done.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

We work with this organization to help in many areas, with a concentration in education. However, Partnership with Native Americans has gone above and beyond in working with us, giving us information, and having relevant services for those we serve. Their staff are helpful, engaging, and flexible. They have made the time to visit with us to see how they can improve and to meet with the folks who utilize their services. I have nothing but positives things to say about these guys!! You can tell these folks really care and work from the heart!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Partnerships With Native Americans is undeniably a GREAT Nonprofit! GREAT, in my opinion, is measured by the impact this organization has had on youth representing various tribal communities. Scholarships and community event support has had a direct and positive impact on Native students pursuing higher education at Arizona State University. Thank you!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PWNA has been a wonderful community partner! They support a variety of programs at the Sunrise House Family Resource Center! We are located in a remote location in Southern Arizona on the Tohono O'odham Nation however we are able to offer cooking classes, parenting classes and offer distribution days where we can provide community members with hygiene items, food items and support because of PWNA.

The staff is amazing and helpful, the systems they have in place are efficient and help us provide vital services to families in need. A simple thank you doesn't seem sufficient but we are very thankful for the amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit experience was a lifesaver for me. I am the daughter of a single mother. Financial aid was not enough for me to be able to attend college so Partnership with Native Americans made it possible for me to fulfill my lifelong dream.....to be able to go to college and obtain a degree in social work. Without the help of this nonprofit organization, my mother would not been able to do it on her own. The organization made sure I had everything I needed to make my first year in college a successful one. I am forever grateful for all that the Partnership for Native Americans has done for me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would like to share my wonderful experience with T3 Program with PWNA. This opportunity increased my knowledge in Native Foods and culinary skills to allow me to cook healthier for my family. Both the Chefs Lois and Walter were amazing and they were very helpful on understanding the use of fresh garden grown ingredients and healthy living and also the best use of specific vegetables for cooking would be better for my family. This training gave me a kick start on healthy lifestyle choices and self-improvement. Thank you PWNA

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I participated in the PWNA 4 Directions Development Program, which helped me improve my leadership skills personally and professionally. My place of employment also uses PWNA to assist our families with many different items that help to make their lives a little easier.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PWNA has been an essential part of our transition programs at our university. We offer a transition program to new incoming students. Due the to the help we received from PWNA we were able to help American Indian students successfully transition into college by removing some tough financial barriers. We were also able to familiarize these students with the resources they have available to them on campus. The options they have for assisting students go beyond the traditional funding, but could also include items to help students living on campus. In the past, PWNA has also helped with emergency funding opportunities which is always needed. The PWNA are knowledgeable and friendly to work with! We look forward to continuing our partnership with PWNA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a collaborative volunteer with Partnerships With Native Americans in Rapid City, SD, we were able to continue our support for Native students at our small Rapid City, SD engineering school - SD Mines. Incoming freshman and transfer students from area reservations and cities come to school and our Office of Multicultural Affairs gives them tools they need to navigate the campus climate. Partnerships With Native Americans allowed us to supply them with first semester books, in our a 2.5 day orientation, so crucial to their success and retention in an academically and culturally challenging environment. Many years PWNA has also supplied our graduating Native Americans with gift bag sundries to give them a head start with essential items going forward on their career paths. They have also allowed members of our American Indian Science and Engineering Chapter (AISES), to fulfill many of their community and leadership outreach skills by volunteering during their donating drives to assist reservations during the Christmas holidays. Collaborations with PWNA have truly impacted the lives of our Native American students and youth, giving them essential lifeway assistance as well as for our Multicultural Affairs Pre-Orientation in the Fall at SD Mines, a" leg-up" in their college path and professional journeys. We truly appreciate such strong community collaborations.

Advisor

Rating: 4

National Relief has helped with our parenting program. It is very hard to keep participants in the parenting program, with the household gifts they receive after completing each parenting module, they keep coming to class. Once they graduate from the program, Family Focus is then assisting them in keeping the family intact. By using the items that the National Relief supply, Family Focus uses supplies for incentives for in home care plans to keep families together.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PWNA has provided many incentives for the GRHC community. By providing these incentives, this encourages community members to get health screenings and receive health education within their homes or at community events. By having this partnership with PWNA it has assisted in increasing awareness with many different health issues the community continues to face. Each individual that receives PWNA incentives are very grateful which helps boost their moral. Partnering with PWNA is a win, win relationship. Starting a partnership with PWNA will assist with getting awareness out into your community. We would like to thank PWNA for all of the services they provide for the GRHC community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PWNA has been instrumental in providing incentives to help people help themselves. After decades of oppression, discrimination, and learned helplessness the people on our reservation are reluctant to leave their homes and participate in most activities, trainings and opportunities.

In addition the staff and workshops are positive role models who offer encouragement and support whenever we meet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We had the honor of meeting Rapael Tapia one day. He stopped by our office on the Hopi Reservation. I work for the Hopi Special Diabetes Program as a Diabetes Educator and he offered the services of Partnership with Native Americans for our upcoming events. I placed an order for personal care items for youth and was totally surprised at the amount of items we received. We were able to use them for the Diabetes Expo, NB3Fit youth event, So-oh, Qua-ah Day event for elders, and a Farmer's Market event. Thank you for your support of our community initiatives, the participants were very grateful for the item they received. Askwali! (thankyou!)