Nation Building Initiative

Strengthen Tribal Governance

A responsive and effective government is essential to achieve significant, sustainable solutions to a nation’s challenges. We promote and support efforts by the tribal governments of the 23 Native nations we serve to strengthen their governance and advance the aspirations of their people.

The goal of our Nation Building initiative is to support tribal governance models in our region that will inspire nations around the world working to exercise self-determination for the good of their people. To that end we make a handful of big investments each year to promote, strengthen and support tribal governance.

We also offer Ecosystem grants which provide general operating support to organizations that help create an environment for our efforts to be successful.

Learn more about the Nation Building team's initiatives from their August 2017 Information Session

About Our Investments

We work year-round — in consultation with community stakeholders, issue experts, our Board of Directors and others — to identify and develop promising investment opportunities.

After an extensive due diligence process, we make direct investments to support efforts that are best positioned to help accomplish our goals. These are typically significant, multi-year commitments to develop a promising idea or fund an existing program.

We do not accept unsolicited proposals for funding through our strategic initiatives. There will be occasions when we issue a call for proposals, however. The best way to learn about these opportunities is to sign up to receive Foundation news or follow us on us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

Organizations can apply for our Ecosystem grants, which help sustain organizations that create unique and significant value for our grantees, Fellows, Rebuilders and others. These grants provide as much as $200,000 over two years in general operating support for organizations that:

  • Provide critical data and analysis 
  • Spread great ideas and build capacity 
  • Advance public awareness and policy
  • Build and support leadership networks

Learn more about Ecosystem grants.

Other Opportunitites

Nation Building leaders and organizations also receive funding through our grant and fellowship programs:

Community Innovation Program

Leadership Program