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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs, Human Services, Youth Centers & Clubs

Mission: The ONE Spirit Mission is to assist the Lakota people in preserving and revitalizing the Lakota culture, language, and self-sufficiency while meeting the basic needs of Lakota families, children, and elders. We strive to cultivate an intercultural relationship that recognizes that we are all related and that American Indians are an equal and valued part of our society.

Results: Food delivered monthly to the homes of 3000 people on the reservation, transitioning to food pantries in each district. Lakota employed in wood and food delivery programs supported by One Spirit. Allen Youth Center built this year for the Lakota community. Fundraising now for youth centers to be built in every area of the reservation. 700 children and elders in sponsorship program.

Target demographics: The 40,000 people on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1500 per month in food program20 children regularly in the safe house150 homes heated through the wood program700 children and elders served through the sponsorship program500 people benefitted from the Okini program

Geographic areas served: Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota

Programs: Sponsorship, food, heat, youth programs

Community Stories

138 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I get asked by many people how to help the residents of Pine Ridge South Dakota. There are many groups that send help to the area but only One Spirit has been recognized and authorized to work on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

One Spirit uses many sources to gather funds and 90 percent of gathered donations go to many excellent assistance programs. The largest being food distribution for any residents, help for heat during the brutal winter months, They built a new youth recreational center in Allen, Running camps and cultural camps during the summer months. They also sponsor families that need items.

I have worked with One Spirit a few times, documenting activities, and also assisting with food distribution. One Spirit is the only organization that I trust to provide services to anyone who has a need or request.

1 Tricia30

Donor

Rating: 5

One Spirit provides services and goods for people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. They rely on volunteers, which enables them to utilize 90 % of proceeds for programs. They have recently been accepted by Guidestar. Their programs range from providing heating supplies to families / individuals during HARSH South Dakota winters, to their recently completed Allen Community Center which provides much needed programs for youth and families. I wish they would get more visibility as a model nonprofit, one that provides much with relatively little resources. If you have not heard of them, that is because they don't have the marketing budget they need + deserve. Take a minute to research them + spread the word ...... in the way SO MANY nonprofits grew.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the things I look at when I decide to make a donation to any charity is the percent of money that actually goes to the intended recipients. Because One Spirit is an all-volunteer group, they are able to give 90% of all donations directly to the Lakota people through their programs. The other 10% is administrative costs such as a CPA for book keeping, paying Lakota helpers, etc. That's pretty amazing for any non-profit! So, I feel good knowing my donations are making a difference and making a difference is really what it's all about.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What I love about One Spirit is that I get to send things directly to the family that needs them. No middle man, no cut for them, no run around. I feel like what little I can give DOES make a difference because it directly touches other people's lives. I will continue to support all their causes until the Lakota people are once again self sufficient.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm an admin for a Native American facebook group and learned of One Spirit through the searches I was doing for material to post on the group site. The more I saw of the wonderful programs offered through this non-profit the more I understood the need of the people of Pine Ridge Reservation. In my opinion, there is no other non-profit that equals this agency. I believe them to be totally trustworthy and recommend them to as many as I can to try to help get the word out. I am not affiliated with the agency in any way, nor do I profit in any way from highlighting their efforts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

One Spirit was brought to my attention through a blog I read, written by a young Lakota man. He recommended One Spirit as an upstanding organization that actually does what it says and impacts the lives of the people on the reservation. As I researched One Spirit myself and visited their website I was impressed with all of the various ways they provide to make donations - direct sponsorship, monthly or one-time donations through paypal, and the okini list. I was also impressed with the fact that money and contributions go directly to the people who need it and not into an administrator's wallet.

I have donated several times through pay pal and the raffles/contests that pop up and will continue to support them any way I can. It's a cause and an organization I feel good about supporting.

1 Lori112

Volunteer

Rating: 5

South Dakota reservations have the highest poverty level in the United States. It's shameful and unnecessary. I believe all people have the right to human dignity that includes a roof over your head and food on your table. One Spirit helps give dignity to the most impoverished yet honorable and proud deserving people.

1 digitsgirl

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have supported this group over the years because I know all of the contributions go to help the people. The volunteers are very dedicated people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I started supporting this group several years ago by sponsoring a family. The amazing thing was they didn't want money, they just wanted me to supply basics to three young boys. I now support the group with donations for food and/or wood for heat. They give you a list of exactly what will be delivered to these needy families. They are well organized and have only the welfare of the Lakota people in their hearts. This is the one group I would not hesitate to help or recommend.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I haven't donated much, but what I have donated was acknowledged and thanks were sent promptly by e-mail. I feel appreciated and I know my contributions make a positive difference. I'm so glad this organization exists because I know there is a big need for their services.

1 Inlakesh B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love sponsoring children through One Spirit! It has been very rewarding and a positive experience for the whole family. We feel like we are making a difference in one families life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to One Spirit as well as contributing through their Okini program. I know that my contributions make a difference in part because of their transparency in their emails, postings on social networks and such. If there was every a non-profit making a difference, One Spirit is it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've talked to Jena Baker several times, always a pleasant conversation and to the point. What great honesty and pride I hear in her voice when she speaks of One Spirit mission to help her people. I help out personally a couple times a year with donations. But all throughout the year I help by posting their site information and start food drives and such. This is a very good organization with nothing but 100% commitment to help the people of Pine Ridge.

1 Rianne d.

Donor

Rating: 5

This group helps people so much and i'm happy to be a small part in it!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was in a sad place when I first learned of One Spirit. My parents had died and cleaning out their house, I had a great deal of extra sewing supplies. Then I read that One Spirit needed sewing supply donations for the Grandmothers on the reservation to make quilts. It seemed like fate! I had studied the legendary Lakota because my degrees are in Anthropology and always loved our Native cultures, but One Spirit has shown me the living people. Since then I have donated several times to the Food program and I am always wondering how else I can help. One Spirit keeps us up to date with the activities of the Lakota and I love seeing the beauty and charm of the children, the activism of the women and the power of the Marathon Runners. The USA has sacrificed our First People in the name of progress but I see the Lakota taking charge of their own power and working hard to make things right for themselves. I support One Spirit because through this organization, the Lakota give as much to me as I can to them, maybe more, because always they inspire me to strive to be a better person. They're great Americans and we should all support them! Thank you for this opportunity to review their excellent efforts.

Lynda13

Donor

Rating: 5

My family works closely with jeri baker and Bamm brewer on the wood program to heat homes smd the crazy horse ride.

1 Lisa358

Donor

Rating: 5

ONE Spirit is the most uplifting organization I've encountered. The work they do is such a blessing to those they do it for and directly benefits those in need not just physically, but spiritually/emotionally/mentally. ONE Spirit took the time to establish a relationship with our family and continues to take the time to maintain it. ONE Spirit will always hold a special place in our hearts, as will the wonderful People they care for in so very many ways.

1 Shannon69

Donor

Rating: 5

I am new to One Spirit but all the people have been wonderful. I sponsor and I make monetary donations when able. I have told many friends about the organization and many have begun to work with them as well.

1 Ed Chandler

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a retired Mohawk Metis elder, that attends Powwows in the Northeast as a vendor to raise money for One Spirit. 100% of the money that I generate goes to One Spirit, to purchase food, for the families, at Pine Ridge Reservation, in South Dakota. This organization is very transparent about where the money is spent and is dedicated to making the Lakota self sufficient.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for One Spirit, for over 5 years. I'm a vendor at Native American Powwows, and donate the gross earnings from each powwow that I vend at, in southeastern New England. Not one person at One Spirit earns a salary. Each and everyone of us volunteer, because we believe in the organization. We can see first hand the victories that we achieve, against the poverty on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota. I too am Indian (Mohawk) and it feels mighty good to help my brothers and sisters of the Lakota Tribe.

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1 Roger N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been donating to One Spirit for five years. I have chose One Spirit as one of my primary donations, a monthly bank withdrawal contribution due to the value of the work and the reliability of the commitment. thank you, One Spirit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about One Spirit froma group that does evaluations of non-profits serving Native Americans in South Dakota. They give One Spirit a stamp of approval for the same reasons I support it: they are local,so they know who it is they are helping. They provide assistance in the form of food deliveries, wood for fuel, and sponsorship coordination for the most vulnerable individuals and families on the Pine Ridge rez,elders, diabetics, children. They work with a lot of volunteers and their overhead is very low. They provide some employment for Natives on Pine Ridge to cut and deliver wood, load and unload food. They work closely with others on the rez who are helping in other ways, a safe house and a youth program.

Michele43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the group that keeps the broken promises for the people of Pine Ridge. They make human connections between volunteers/donors and families in need. They live their beliefs every day in every way. Nutrition, heat, basic supplies, and caring are delivered from one to another.