What's New In The Community: June 2015
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Drummer awarded for philanthropic work

Tiwahe Foundation President and CEO, Kelly Drummer was awarded the Louis T. Delgado Distinguished Grantmaker Award at the Native Americans in Philanthropy’s 25th Anniversary Celebration – 2015 Native Philanthropy Institute at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, MN on May 6.

Kelly Drummer (Oglala Lakota) has over 17 years of experience working with both nonprofit organizations and community foundations. Prior to joining the Tiwahe Foundation, she served as the director of development and communications at New Foundations, a supportive housing community in St. Paul. She began her involvement with the Tiwahe Foundation in 2007 and previously served as its Board Chair. In this capacity, she helped lead the foundation through a strategic planning and branding process.

Drummer holds a Masters in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University and her B.A. from the University of Minnesota in cultural anthropology. She served as a mentor to young Native leaders throughout the past 20 years and has a particular interest in engaging Native leaders in fundraising and philanthropy.

The Louis T. Delgado Distinguished Grantmaker Award represents Kelly Drummer and her work in the philanthropic sector. She continues to be a bridge for the Native American community and mainstream philanthropy. Drummer is a member of the first cohort (2006-2007) of the Circle of Leaders Program at Native Americans in Philanthropy.

The nominee for the Louis T. Delgado Distinguished Grantmaker Award must fulfill the criteria of understanding and advancing the role of philanthropy between Native communities and mainstream philanthropy.

The Tiwahe Foundation is an independent; American Indian led community foundation that provides permanency for the American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund (AIFEP) and leadership development initiatives.

The Bush Foundation announces its 2015 Community Innovation Grantees

30 organizations will receive nearly $5 million through the Bush Foundation's 2015 Community Innovation Grant program. Funds support problem-solving efforts across a range of issue areas including domestic violence prevention, food sovereignty and watershed preservation.

“This year’s Community Innovation Grant recipients represent a growing network of organizations that are truly advocating for social change. It’s impressive to see the depth and breadth of thoughtful and responsive processes these organizations have proposed, and I know the Foundation is pleased to support such collaborative work,” Molly Matheson Gruen, Bush Foundation Community Innovation Director said.

The Community Innovation Grant program was established in 2013 for community stakeholders to find breakthrough solutions to complex challenges. Projects receiving Community Innovation Grant support will inspire collaborative problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions.

The following tribal and Native American organizations were awarded a community innovation grant.

White Earth Land Recovery Project, Callaway, Minn., will focus on strengthening resources, education and support in seed stewardship practices by developing a regional Indigenous Seed Keepers Network. Seed keeping is an essential yet overlooked aspect of a decolonized food system, and the Network will equip new and existing Native seed keepers with the knowledge they need to save, breed and exchange their own seeds. The project received $200,000 for a 37-month term.

The Native American Advocacy Program, Herrick, S.D., established the Mato Tasunka Wakinyan Okolakiciye (Bear Horse Thunder Youth Society) to promote Lakota culture to youth on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. Selected members of the youth-driven Society will learn about cultural tourism, beekeeping and medicinal herbs social enterprises through an 18-month apprenticeship. The organization received $162,283 for a 19-month term.

The Wanbli Wiconi Tipi Rosebud Sioux Detention Center, Rosebud, S.D., will examine the intersections between healthy eating, job skills training and at-risk youth development by developing a business plan model for a youth-run hydroponic farm. The Work 2 Wellness initiative hopes to improve Tribal health practices, stimulate the local economy and give disadvantaged youth an opportunity to learn about farming. The detention center received $198,076 for a 13-month term.

On Pine Ridge, 30 percent of people are practicing artists and 40 percent of households rely on traditional arts for income. However, most of the artists live in poverty, are isolated from opportunities to promote their art and cannot afford to travel. Known for its dedication to fostering the artist community and the economic development of Pine Ridge, First Peoples Fund will organize an operational plan to introduce a fully-equipped mobile arts unit that will support artists across the reservation. The organization received $200,000 for a 13-month term.

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