Funding in Indigenous Communities
Because the foundation’s staff and board believe that indigenous peoples have important cultural traditions that should be shared with people around the world, it is pursuing creative ways to promote the values and visions of indigenous communities and projects from which it has learned over the years. Lannan believes that supporting indigenous communities has profound implications for the future of all cultures and ecosystems.
In December of 1999 Lannan Foundation released the results of an 18-month long retrospective review of the first four years of grant-making in the Indigenous Communities Program. Funding in Indigenous Communities is intended to be used as both an internal organizational learning process and tool, and as an external learning report that can be shared with grantees, colleagues, friends, policy-makers, and a wide variety of donors. The foundation embarked upon this review to evaluate its progress in assisting Native peoples to renew their own institutions and traditions.
The methodology of this review was based upon listening, and more specifically, it was designed to encourage the telling of stories and to hear what kinds of questions, issues, actions, results, relationships, and dreams are important to Native American, Native Hawai’ian, and Alaska Native communities. The foundation also sought out new ideas and strategies about how the Indigenous Communities Program can be more helpful and effective in offering financial and technical assistance to rural indigenous communities.