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First Nations Development Institute Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/15/2014: First Nations Development Institute

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 07/14/2014: FIRST NATIONS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

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Also Known As: FNDI
Physical Address: Longmont, CO 80501 1101
EIN: 54-1254491
Web URL: www.firstnations.org 
NTEE Category: S Community Improvement, Capacity Building
S05 Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
S Community Improvement, Capacity Building
S32 Rural
T Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking
T31 Community Foundations
Year Founded: 1980 
Ruling Year: 1984 
How This Organization Is Funded: Kresge Foundation - $1,098,721
Kalliopeia Foundation - $500,000
FINRA Investor Education Foundation - $233,639


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Mission Statement

Through a three-pronged strategy of education, advocacy, and capitalization, First Nations Development Institute is working to restore Native control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own - be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources - and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities.

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

Total Revenue $3,519,623
Total Expenses $4,240,361

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Mr. Michael E. E. Roberts

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Mike Roberts (Tlingit) is the President of First Nations Development Institute. Prior to his return to First Nations, Mike operated his own consulting firm, Camus Consulting in Denver, Colorado that provided private equity investment advice to angel investors. Mike's past includes 5 years in venture capital. Most recently, Mike provided due diligence, financial analysis, strategic planning and monitoring, and investment recommendations to the Principals and Investment Directors of Meritage Private Equity Fund, a telecommunications-focused, private equity firm with $340 million under management.

Leadership Statement:

Over 30 years ago, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) was founded on the belief that Indian Country faces a unique challenge - unlike any other impoverished community in the nation, the problem faced by Native communities is not ownership of assets but rather the question of who controls Native assets. American Indians have historically possessed substantial assets; however, those assets have also been historically controlled by non-Indians and not for the benefit of Indian people. Many of these assets are in the form of natural resources – water, coal, land, natural gas, oil, etc. For Native peoples, natural resources often hold not only monetary value but also significant cultural and traditional value. In our role of supporting American Indians in asset management, at First Nations we recognize that we must also support the traditional and cultural values of Native people when working to develop Native economies. First Nations believes that only solutions provided by Native people, for Native people, through the control of their assets, and crafted by their own development strategies, within the values of their own cultures, will succeed. In the face of enormous odds created by the history of asset stripping and attempted destruction of tribal societies, tribes are now working hard to regain control of their assets and relearning how to manage them, especially their land and natural resources. And at First Nations, our goal is to support tribes and Native communities in this work. We do this through a multi-faceted approach that involves training, technical assistance, grant support, the development of innovative models and specialized tools, as well as ongoing research and advocacy. Thanks in large part to you, and others like you who support our work, Native people are continuing to make huge strides in rediscovering self-sustaining economies and healthy communities. Michael E. Roberts, President

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Program: Financial & Investor Education (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$1,389,291
Category:
Educational Programs
Population Served:
Native Americans/American Indians
None
None

Program Description:

First Nations Development Institute, and its subsidiary, First Nations Oweesta Corporation (a community development financial institution), work in partnership with Native American tribes and communities throughout the U.S. to assist them in designing and administering financial and investor education programs. Our projects range from helping individuals and families understand the basics of financial management - opening and maintaining a bank account and using credit wisely - to helping individuals understand financial markets and a variety of financial instruments for borrowing and saving.

Program Long-Term Success:

With a significant portion of the Native American population unbanked or underbanked, it is no wonder that those in Native communities lack sufficient levels of financial literacy. First Nations' vision includes a future in which Native Americans can adequately access finance and financial services and have the skills and knowledge to manage their financial affairs, credit and investments to secure their families' futures.

Program Short-Term Success:

In the short term, First Nations will pilot culturally-appropriate financial education curricula and experiential learning, including online components, for Native American high school students, helping them on a lifelong path toward saving and positive financial management. First Nations also is training experts in tribal communities on how to implement our basic financial education curriculum and investor education curriculum, so that they may educate tribal members directly.

Program Success Monitored by:

We track the numbers of our financial education and investor education curricula downloaded/disseminated, the numbers of individuals trained to present the curricula and the numbers of high school students trained through our pilot programs. Qualitatively, we collect testimonials and interviews to try to discern the effect our trainings and materials are having on individuals' change in knowledge and, when possible, change in behavior. This qualitative data will also help capture information on the outcomes we are hoping to produce (e.g., increased family economic security and decreased poverty for Native American youth).

Program Success Examples:

Our financial literacy curriculum and investor education curriculum have positioned First Nations as an expert in Native American financial education in tribal communities nationwide. Since 2001, First Nations' financial literacy training has directly reached over 100 tribal communities, trained 860+ trainers, and distributed 23,000+ copies of Participant's Guides and 3,779 copies of Instructor's Guides of our Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families financial education curriculum. (The curriculum is now taught as a for-credit college course at over 15 tribal colleges, and used by over 100 organizations serving people in over 100 communities.) This curriculum helps individuals to learn basic budgeting techniques, how to use savings and checking accounts and how to understand credit. In 2005, First Nations produced an investor education curriculum (Building Native Communities, Investing for the Future) that covers both why to invest and how to invest. Over 2,490 copies of the participants' workbook have been distributed. With our suite of financial education curricula, First Nations has become a leader in developing culturally appropriate financial programs serving a variety of partners in a variety of settings.

Program: Native American Foods and Health (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$2,155,893
Category:
Agricultural Economics & Farm Management
Population Served:
Native Americans/American Indians
None
None

Program Description:

First Nations Development Institute's work in food systems is at the intersection between food systems/food security and economic development. We support tribes and Native communities as they strengthen food systems in their communities, improve health and nutrition and build food security. First Nations increases the control over Native agriculture and food systems by providing financial and technical support, including training materials, to projects that address the agriculture and food sectors in Native communities.

Program Long-Term Success:

Native American communities struggle with nutrition-related and life-threatening diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease -- which often are directly related to a dependence on unhealthy and imported foods, poverty and lack of physical activity. One key way to improve Native Americans' health and nutrition is to strengthen local food systems, while also supporting local food producers and the local economy. Long-term, Native communities that regain control of their food systems and agricultural assets will contribute to addressing Native diet-related diseases, promoting economic development and preserving Native cultures and traditions.

Program Short-Term Success:

In the short-term, First Nations will: provide financial and technical support to pilot and model community-based projects that address the agriculture and healthy food sectors in Native communities; promote an agri-entrepreneurship tribal college curriculum; and nurture a nationally-active network of food systems activists. Those supported will include community garden projects, fisheries, food banks

Program Success Monitored by:

In working with our grassroots partners, First Nations' holistic evaluation process will capture lessons learned, best practices and models that may be replicable in other communities, as well as examine these projects' effect in their communities on meeting hunger and nutrition needs. We also will assess, based on direct feedback from the partners, the result of First Nations' technical assistance to and training of our partners on their effectiveness and efficiency. First Nations will be able to leverage this learning in its future program incarnations and share this learning with others interested in models with potential for adaptation and/or replication in other communities that serve low-income and culturally-specific communities.

Program Success Examples:

Because of First Nations' assistance, there are more Native organizations and tribes strengthening their food-focused initiatives. From Alaska to Hawaii, from Oregon to Maine, Native communities assisted by First Nations are increasing production of vegetables, fruits, fish and meat (including bison), creating local jobs and positively impacting their economy and healthy options. For many, these ventures are vehicles for positively engaging Native youth with tribal elders and re-invigorating tribal culturally-based food traditions, creating an incalculable value-added benefit to the community.

Program: Native American Business Development (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$397,956
Category:
Community Economic Development
Population Served:
Native Americans/American Indians
None
None

Program Description:

The Policy Department uses a strategic approach to First Nations’ advocacy work, with the goal of restoring control to tribes and Native communities over the assets they own. By now, Indians are fully aware that asset ownership is not enough; tribes and individuals must be in control in order to benefit from, preserve and grow their assets. Our Policy Department identifies and implements initiatives and programs aimed at restoring Native control and culturally compatible stewardship of tribe and individual assets. To inform our policy work, our efforts have been directed at assisting tribes and tribal organizations with identification, control and growth of their assets.

Program Long-Term Success:

The three-legged stool that forms the underpinnings to healthy economies - the government sector, the for-profit sector and the non-profit sector - is listing heavily in Indian Country because two of the legs are underdeveloped. Most reservation economies today remain dominated by the government sector - federal and tribal government. Noticeably missing, in most instances, is a robust for-profit/entrepreneurial sector and an accompanying nonprofit sector. Long-term, First Nations hopes to unleash entrepreneurship in American Indian reservation communities by nurturing an enabling environment for growth of institutions that support small- and medium-sized Native-owned businesses on reservations. This move, in turn, will create new wealth opportunities for and increase the assets of tribal community members. We hope to accomplish this by overcoming the lack of access to capital, lack of individual experience with money or business management, lack of entrepreneurship education, lack of access to technical assistance at a business center, and overall lack of an entrepreneurial culture.

Program Short-Term Success:

In the short term, First Nations will support the establishment, development and stabilization of Native American Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in Native communities, because these institutions provide access to debt capital for reservation residents, offer entrepreneurial training and technical assistance, as well as debt capital to emerging reservation-based businesses. First Nations and its wholly-owned subsidiary, First Nations Oweesta Corporation, support Native entrepreneurship in a multi-faceted manner, through CDFIs and through innovative and linked program models that will provide resources to Native families through effective financial education, bundled services (such as saving tax refunds through savings bonds) and tools for asset development in order to create pathways out of poverty. Upcoming, First Nations also will pilot in two Native communities (in Washington and Wisconsin) a partnership between a tribal college and a CDFI to provide business- and entrepreneurship-focused training for tribal college students. Students completing the training will be encouraged and eligible for business

Program Success Monitored by:

We monitor the number of Native CDFIs assisted and how - but also quantify our impact at the community level. Quarterly, the CDFI to which First Nations makes capitalization loans provide key impact data regarding jobs created/retained, number of housing units built, amount of leverage our investment has helped attract, etc. This data is our main indicator of wealth creation at the local level and is a key element of our impact assessment process. We also track and assess our project work that supports Native entrepreneurship such as the model development mentioned above.

Program Success Examples:

First Nations celebrated the certification by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 2012 and 2013 of six Native CDFIs, bringing the nation's total to 68. Currently, additional groups are actively working toward creating a CDFI. In 2010, First Nations Oweesta Corporation completed a 10-Year Impact Survey that examined trends and growth in the Native community development and CDFI field. The survey revealed that as a direct result of lending and development services offered in Native communities, strides are be¬ing made in the area of asset building and wealth creation for Native people. According to those surveyed, since 2000: *648 full-time jobs and 121 part-time jobs have been created; *602 Native people have become homeowners; *251 Native businesses have been established; *50 home improvement projects have been completed; and *1,396 Native adults and 240 Native youth have reached other financial goals.

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Budget:
$1,448,376
Category:
Capacity Building
Population Served:
Native Americans/American Indians
None
None

Program Description:

Through grant support, technical assistance and training, First Nations Development Institute provides Native communities with the tools and resources necessary to create new community-based nonprofit organizations and to strengthen the capacity of existing nonprofits. For more than 30 years, First Nations has supported hundreds of model projects that revitalize Native communities, while integrating social empowerment and economic strategies. An essential component of First Nations nonprofit capacity building strategy is our Leadership, Entrepreneurial, and Apprenticeship Development (LEAD) program that is identifying and training the next generation of Native nonprofit leaders.

Program Long-Term Success:

Nonprofit organizations in every community perform services that government and for-profit businesses cannot. This role is especially critical in Native American communities that suffer from the highest unemployment, poorest housing conditions, highest poverty levels and poorest health of any group in the country (including other minorities). The typical nonprofit serving Native causes and concerns is smaller, less well-established and struggling to increase its organizational capacity - and lacks significant access to philanthropic funding because less than one percent of foundation funding is allocated to Native Americans. First Nations strives to fill the gaps of funding and capacity building to ensure that Native nonprofit organizations and their projects are sustainable over time. We envision a future in which Native American communities will access the tools and resources necessary to create new community-based and Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and the capacity of existing nonprofits is strengthened

Program Short-Term Success:

Through grant support, technical assistance and training, First Nations Development Institute will build the capacity and sustainability of dozens of Native American nonprofit organizations annually in the areas of: Financial Management; Marketing/Revenue Development; Program Development/Management/Evaluation; Leadership Development/Human Capacity; and Community Engagement. Due to the rural remoteness and cultural specificity of the Native communities served, this assistance is available through few others. We also will link these nonprofits with the philanthropic world to "level the playing field" a bit and assist them with leveraging funding that they otherwise would not be able to access on their own. Third, First Nations will work with Native American-controlled emerging philanthropic funds in their quest to create their own assets that will empower and revitalize their communities.

Program Success Monitored by:

First Nations monitors progress through tracking the number of Native nonprofit organizations assisted and the depth and breadth of our assistance, but also through direct feedback from our nonprofit partners and how this assistance has benefited their effectiveness in serving their community. Overall, we are tracking trends related to newly established and stabilized Native nonprofit organizations as well as Native-controlled community funds

Program Success Examples:

First Nations' assistance has won us accolades from those whom we assist: "From the beginning, First Nations helped us plan for and then create the [Hopi Education] Endowment Fund. First Nations helped us think about the "vehicles" we could use to create an endowed fund and protect our financial assets in order to be able to support the education of our youth…In the past six years, we have attended many conferences and technical assistance workshops sponsored by First Nations…Their work has made a very important contribution to helping the growth and success of Native grantmaking institutions." - LuAnn Leonard, Executive Director, Hopi Education Endowment Fund "From the time our grant proposal was submitted until this date, I have learned a lot. The words I now hear myself repeating are self-reliant, self-sustaining and community development. I am looking forward to working with my people to begin attaining this status for our community through implementation of the grant we received. I am excited about the collaborative efforts we've made with other organizations thus far… With continuing support from First Nations, we can learn to overcome the stigmatism [sic] of the past to become strong, self-sufficient and self-reliant people. You all have done tremendous work in developing guidelines that are based on the needs of Native People who live on reservations. Community Development will transpire if it is built on this type of foundation and I am looking forward to see our people come together to make this happen in our community." - Madeline Sahneyah, Elder/Youth Coordinator, The Village of Tewa (Arizona) First Nations is now bringing its success in rural communities to selected urban Indian communities to help build their organizational and programmatic capacity.
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The work of First Nations Development Institute has: *Stimulated a concentration by Native American communities on financial education. First Nations’ culturally appropriate financial literacy and investor education curricula have positioned our organization as a leader in Native American financial education in tribal communities nationwide. *Brought a focus on locally-strong and nationally-networked food systems as a way to shore up Native economies, family and children’s health, elimination of hunger and food insecurity, and preservation of Native cultures and traditions. First Nations’ Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI) strengthens Native food systems so that food security in Indian Country will be enhanced and the health and nutrition of Native Americans will be improved. *As a result of First Nations’ work in the field of organizational capacity building, many Native organizations have secured their IRS 501(c)(3) status; developed and implemented strategic plans; leveraged government and private funding; stabilized organizational systems; engaged community stakeholders and initiated new programs to serve myriad community needs.
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