Disaster Philanthropy and Native Americans: Practical Tips for Funding On and Off Reservations



Native Americans are a richly diverse and growing population, but as an ethnicity, they are disproportionately affected by disasters. This reality is true for those who live on reservations and in urban areas. And yet, Native Americans are greatly underfunded by philanthropy: From 2002 to 2016, large U.S. foundations gave, on average, 0.4% of total annual giving explicitly for Native American communities and causes

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) hosted a webinar to explore how funders can increase their funding to Native causes and groups after a disaster. The speakers will discuss different ways of being in relationship with Indigenous communities to build the trust needed for a respectful and authentic funder-grantee relationship.

Dr. John Cooper, Assistant Vice President for Public Partnership & Outreach at Texas A&M University and CDP Advisory Council Chair, will moderate the discussion.


This webinar was co-sponsored by United Philanthropy ForumThe Funders NetworkNative Americans in PhilanthropyGiving CompassCHANGE PhilanthropyPhilanthropy New York and Council on Foundations.

Automatic closed captioning will be available via Zoom during the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted on this page. We will email the link to the fully captioned recording to everyone who registered.

Please see the slide deck and watch the webinar recording to learn more.