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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.

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!)

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a mentor (aka Key) to individual participants in the Four Directions program of Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA), I have had the privilege to experience and to offer the much needed services and programmatic functions provided by PWNA to Indian Country. By encouraging and offering support to native american participants whom are professionals in their chosen filed, it is nice to be a part of a program like this to aid in developing culturally sensitive capacity in Indian Country. As a young professional many years ago starting out in the practice of law it would have been such a blessing to have had a resource like PWNA's Four Directions program to draw upon if and when I needed access to a resource or to hear an encouraging word from an experienced individual who could offer advice in a supportive yet challenging setting. The idea of mentoring and providing guidance is not a new one in native communities and I feel that by having the privilege to be apart of the PWNA's Four Directions program I continue to honor and pay respect to my heritage and hopefully to make a better tomorrow for all of Indian Country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It started out as "National Relief" which was shared with me through another department several years ago here at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, where they were conducting outreach and noticed that they were providing incentives to their consumers. Since then, I have been working with "Partnership With Native Americans" for all incentives and the incentives provided a token of appreciation to our consumers throughout all outreach that we have conducted in the Tuba City Service Unit. Our consumers greatly appreciated the items received and at times request for more especially out on the Navajo Reservation and surrounding areas that we service.
I truly thank you "Partnership With Native Americans" for all the services that they provide.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are a local business that has been partners with Partnership with Native Americans for a few years now. As a service provider to the organization, we see the people they serve and the help they provide those people. It's truly admirable to observe the staff and their interactions with the attendees. Their compassion and professionalism is second to none.
We've gotten the opportunity to tour the warehouse and attend their Open House events. The resources they have available to them, which in turn, becomes resources to the Native American community, is fantastic. The Open Houses are very inspirational and awe-inspiring, all the while being packed with fun activities for everyone.
When visiting the offices and warehouse, I dare you to not feel amazed and humbled by what this organization provides to its extremely proud Native American community. You will walk away wishing there was more you could do to support their cause.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with PWNA for a few years now. They are a very professional organization and do a great deal of good for those whom they serve. I sometimes wonder what the lives of those people they serve would be like if PWNA were not there filling in the gaps and serving them in the professional manner that they do.

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.