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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

157 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PWNA has been a trustworthy and reliable partner to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Department of Language and Culture. Through the support of PWNA and their staff expertise of community engagement, we come closer to our overall quest to preserve and perpetuate our indigenous language, culture, history and traditions. Over the course of our cooperative partnership, we have worked together to bring experiential learning opportunities through the Huyapo Bwaa'ame Project or Our Desert Foods, to tribal members of the Yaqui Tribe focusing on the transmission of traditional knowledge of our relationship to our environment and the healing qualities of these natural foods strengthening the food sovereignty of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. We are appreciative and are grateful to PWNA for their support, expertise and understanding of the unique needs of Native Communities, we look forward to continuing our collaborative work with PWNA for meaningful projects in our community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was recently at a dinner where we had the opportunity to hear from Native American students who would have never gone to college, but for the financial AND emotional support offered by Partnership with Native Americans - very inspirational! This is a trustworthy organization that understands the human piece of giving support and encouraging success. They are an amazing nonprofit that reminds us we need to do more for our first Americans - the Native Americans. From education to basic needs, like water and sustainable food programs, the people who work for and with PWNA are committed, respectful and effective. It's fulfilling to be part of their initiatives!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with NRC has been extremely positive. I believe the cause is important, and I donate to NRC because this organization is specifically focused on helping bring services to improve the quality of life for Native Americans. In my conversations with NRC staff, it is clear that they are genuinely concerned and dedicated to the welfare of Native Americans. They visit the reservations, get to know the needs of the communities and offer innovative programs to help. They have successfully partnered with great organizations to make a positive difference for elders as well as young children and students. Without their programs, many would go without the basic needs for life - water, heat, food, transportation . . . things many Americans take for granted. I am proud to be a supporter and urge others to contribute to this worthy organization so they can continue to serve Native American communities around the United States.
-Melinda

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIVE AMERICANS serves as a resource for The Salvation Army throughout the country. Mark Ford, Director of Partnerships, has presented at several Salvation Army/VOAD seminars and conferences, educating participants about PWNA as well as about Native American history and culture. Our partnership is an invaluable educational resource in order to prepare for and respond to disasters affecting tribal lands. Thank you for being a partner! J. Berglund, Territorial Emergency Services Director, USA Western Territory, The Salvation Army

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Partnership with Native American collaborates with the Tohono O'odham Nation by sharing the New Baby program. The rural reservation population increases yearly with approximately 200 births. Services from New Baby encourage the participating mother to get to prenatal education, post partum education to meet with public health nurses(PHN), and scheduled professional healthcare provider appointments that enhance their quality of life. New Baby participants learn that meeting minimum requirements for healthcare education/classes and completion of the New Baby program card- noting 6 completed visits will place them in a position to receive incentives after the baby's delivery.Wonderful gifts;welcoming baby with receiving items nicely packaged in a diaper bag, A baby stroller that folds for easy carriage, a bathtub jam packed with baby use items will be given follow up to baby's first vaccine appointment being completed. These gifts are generally magic for this rural population. Increased attendance to scheduled Doctor visits and also keeping the community educations and appointments is observable with the prompting of the New Baby program gifts. The highlight of my workweek is a day meeting the prenatal clients in a PHN education for pregnancy health and a demonstration of the usefulness of the New Baby items they can 'work' toward ! Benefits from Partnership with Native American charity can be a lifetime of planning for good healthcare practices just because New Baby" gave a good start!

Donor

Rating: 5

PWNA is an amazing service to Native people and Native Communities as a whole. Leadership, Nutrition and Sustainability programs that promote culture, history and support future generations are at the core of their services. Having seen it in action from the inside, I can absolutely give them 5 stars.

Ramon Begay

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Partnership With Native Americans has assisted our parents and school with incentives throughout the school year. Our attendance has grown at our monthly Title I Parent Advisory Committee meetings. Our parents appreciate and look forward to receiving these incentives. Our Tséhootsooí Diné Bi’Ólta’ students look forward to school supplies, TOM shoes and snow boots, and Christmas stockings. I am excited for PWNA incentives and appreciate what our school receives. PWNA staff is very friendly and helpful. I appreciate their service to our school and Navajo Reservation. Thank you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

My organization is passionate about ensuring equitable access to our programs and services, and PWNA has been a valued partner in helping our community of practice develop new - and deepen existing - relationships with Tribal Nations. We are excited and fortunate to team with them in getting the word out about our respective offerings and joint efforts!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Partnership with Native Americans benefits my programs by proving incentives for youths and community members living in an underserved area. It makes my day to see the smiles  on kid’s faces when they receive their reward(s)…. Thanks PWNA!!
PWNA has enabled me to open new doors with their 4 Direction Program. I am currently enhancing my professional career; this was due to my PWNA advisor who is assisting me to reach my goals. It’s a very Cool Journey.
PWNA T3 program has provided me with teaching tools to implement. The indigenous cooking sessions were “off the hook” hands down! The teachings I learned makes me to live a healthier lifestyle. Amazing organization!

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

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!