Funding for Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support

Although indigenous issues cut across many program areas, including culture, education, health, and sustainable development, most funders that currently support indigenous communities do so through their environmental, human rights, and international development programs. Based on more than two dozen interviews with grantmakers, a survey, and a literature review, this report finds that funders employ a variety of strategies, including direct giving, intermediaries, long-term investments and indigenous control of philanthropic resources to support indigenous communities. It outlines program and operational strategies as well as tools for partnering with indigenous communities.

Publication date: November 2015

​Jen Bokoff

Director of Stakeholder Engagement

Foundation Center

Jen Bokoff is the director of stakeholder engagement at Foundation Center. She develops partnerships and projects that build knowledge and strategy for grantmakers. She likes asking "so what?" to push Foundation Center's data-driven work to be as valuable and actionable as it can be to social sector changemakers. She also runs GrantCraft, a free service that taps the practical wisdom of funders to improve the collective knowledge of the philanthropy field. In her role, Jen regularly speaks at conferences and facilitates workshops with funders, and connects people to resources, ideas, and one another. A graduate of Tufts University, Jen studied community health and sociology. She serves on the Alumni Council as the chair of the development committee and also serves on an advisory committee for The Moth’s education programs. In her spare time, she is an amateur comedic improviser, avid Brooklyn nerd, and second base woman on Foundation Center's winning-in-spirit softball team.

Jennifer Tierney

Editorial Consultant

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
    Knowledge Management: Capture and apply knowledge to promote learning and improvement.