Strategic Initiatives

One of the ways the Foundation works to make the region better for everyone is by investing in efforts to address specific priority issues. We manage these investments through our strategic initiatives. Each initiative has a goal that guides its work. And every year we make a handful of investments to help achieve that goal.

We have four strategic initiatives:


Make education more relevant for all students. 

Native Nation Building

Strengthen tribal governance. 

Community Creativity

Make art central to problem solving. 

Social Business Ventures

Help people do good through business. 

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 updates or follow us on us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

If there is a person or organization in your network working on issues that align with our initiatives, let us know. We do not accept unsolicited proposals for our strategic initiative investments, so this is a good way to make sure we know about people and organizations you see doing great things on these issues.

Other Funding Opportunities

Our Community Innovation and Leadership programs invest in people and organizations working on any issue that is important in their communities. These investments are awarded through a competitive application process that are open to all eligible people and organizations in the region.

Ecosystem grants are offered across all Foundation programs and strategic initiatives. These grants provide general operating support to organizations that help create an environment for our work to be successful.