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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

143 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!

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!!

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

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.