Lack of Funding for Native American Causes with Sarah Eagle Heart - 6:21
"You might see data come out that includes every other ethnic group but Native Americans. And so we are just not represented well in mainstream America, and that translates to funding dollars within philanthropy, as well."
Posted Aug 03, 2016
Many organizations survive in part based upon philanthropic efforts. But not all communities benefit equally. Foundation funding to Native communities has been historically disproportionately low -- less than half a percent, though Native Americans are 1.7% (5.4 million) of the total US population. Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy discusses efforts to increase support though broader engagement of both Native and non-Native foundations. Eagle Heart commented, "There are a lot of misconceptions about Native Americans in mainstream America. I think that there are many organizations that aren't aware of the issues that we're facing, and they're also not aware of the history. And so, therefore -- there's also a lot of research that doesn't reflect Native Americans at all. So you might see data come out that includes every other ethnic group but Native Americans. And so we are just not represented well in mainstream America, and that translates to funding dollars within philanthropy, as well." Visit Native Americans in Philanthropy on the web, on Facebook or follow on Twitter.
Produced by: National Newsmakers Team
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