COOK NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES FOUNDATION

Creating Hope and Opportunity for the Next Generation of Native American leaders

aka Cook Native American Ministries Foundation (CNAMF)   |   Tempe, AZ   |  www.cooknam.org

Mission

Th mission of Cook Native American Ministries Foundation (CNAMF) mission is to equip upcoming Native leaders to better serve their churches and communities.

Ruling year info

1946

CEO/Executive Director

Ms. Wendy Weston

Main address

1208 E. Broadway Road, Ste. 218

Tempe, AZ 85282 USA

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Formerly known as

Cook College and Theological School

EIN

86-0096776

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Private Grantmaking Foundations (T20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

While much progress has been made, American Indian/Alaska Native communities in our country continue to feel the impact of centuries of forced assimilation and colonization. Per captia, health, education and socio-econmic diparities affect a large percntage of American Indian/Alaska Native populations, especially youth under the age of 25. In reservation communities as well in urban centers, American Indian/Alaska Native people continue to be marginalized and often times overlooked or unnoticed. Offering gratitude to God and depnding on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we seek to be faithful to the call of Christ by working at the grassroots level in these American Indian communities as well as churches that serve these communities. We are committed to developing and implementng projects that cultivate leadership, community sustainability and educational opportunities among American Indian populations.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

CNAMF SEED Grant Program

CNAMF SEED Grant Program is the new program that CNAMF utilizes to create hope and opportunities for the next generation of Native American Leaders. We do this by offering grant funding to Tribal communities, churches, faith based, and other 501c3 organizations to develop programs and projects that meet our priority funding areas.

Population(s) Served
Tribal and indigenous religious groups
Interfaith groups

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of organizations applying for grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

CNAMF SEED Grant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

CNAMF SEED Grant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Multi-year grants were issued in 2018 and 2019. Final installment of those grants totaling $10,000 was paid out in 2020.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

CNAMF SEED Grant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of grants awarded reflects one year grants awards. In addition to the grant awards, installment payments were being distributed in 2018 and 2019 for multi-year grants from previous years.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Partner with and maintain effective relationships with Native communities by visitng them to learn about their value and belief systems so we can learn how to best serve in these commuities.
2. Develop and implement transformationa and long lasting programs that postiviely impact and advance Native communities.
3. Create educational programs and resources to enable and advance American Indian/Alaska Native to lead in their own churches and communities.
4. Demonstrate and maintain sound and transparent practices with financial matters to allow Cook Native American Ministries Foundation to cultivate and grow a firm base of contributors whose support \will allow us to support growth, opportunity and sustainability in American Indian/Alaska Native churches and communities.

1. Develop and maintain regular communication avenues with all grantees and be present to provide technical assistance through a variety of avenues, including but not limited to social media platform development, grant writing and reporting, conducting surveys to inform programs and services.
2. Develop and distribute an informational curriculum tailored to tribal communities and small churches that will allow them to learn the basics of grant writing, conceptualizing a specialized project, and seeking educational and professional development opportunities.

We have a full time Program Mananger who oversees the granting program and is working with outside consultants to develop curriculum materials that are user friendly and manageable for small church organizations or small tribal organizations.

Our organization also invites and supports volunteers who have expertise in the above described fields.

We have a national network that we are connected with and social media platforms allow us to have regular contact with events in those particular communities across the country.

We have awarded grants to small grassroots-based organizations and churches and have observed the growth and development of the described projects.

We are committed to maintaining the relationship with these organizations and to continue to assist them in their own organizational growth and development.

We remain committed to growing the numbers of successful projects and to experiencing positive change in tribal communities across the country.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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COOK NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 10/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms Sandra Pattea

Chairman of the Board

Term: 2020 - 2021


Board co-chair

Sharon Tom

Vice Chair of the Board

Term: 2018 - 2020

Sharon Tom

Tribal Affiliation: Navajo

Annette Stewart

Tribal Affiliation: Gila River Pima

Sandra Pattea

Tribal Affiliation: Navajo

Vance Home Gun

Tribal Affiliation: Confederated Salish / Kootenai

Rev. Dr. Steven Marsh

Theresa Price

Navajo/Hopi

Rev. Alvin Deer

Muskogee/Kiowa

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data