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 art central to problem solving. 


Make education more relevant for all students. 

Nation Building

Strengthen tribal governance. 

Social Business Ventures

Help people do good through business. 

We do not accept unsolicited proposals for funding through our strategic initiatives. However, there may be occasions when we issue a call for proposals. Sign up for our email newsletter or follow us on us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date. 

If there is a person or organization in your network working on issues that align with our initiatives, let us know. 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 issues that are important in their communities. These investments are awarded through a competitive application process, 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.