SOURCE: First Nations Development Institute

November 16, 2016 09:00 ET

Fidelity Charitable® Grants $150,000 to First Nations Development Institute for Capacity-Building

LONGMONT, CO--(Marketwired - November 16, 2016) - First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today announced it has received a $150,000 grant from the Fidelity® Charitable Gift Fund (Fidelity Charitable®) to be used for First Nations' capacity-building needs in the areas of accounting, human resources, information technology, grantmaking and fundraising. The grant was made possible through the generosity of The Trustees' Philanthropy Fund of Fidelity Charitable®, an independent 501(c)(3) public charity with a donor-advised fund program.

First Nations will use the funding to expand its professional staff-development efforts, upgrade the organization's computer hardware and software -- including its accounting and financial systems to improve efficiency -- and diversify its national fundraising efforts for long-term sustainability.

"We sincerely thank Fidelity Charitable® for this generous investment in First Nations' own infrastructure needs," said Michael E. Roberts, First Nations President & CEO. "Often, as we seek funding and provide grants to Native American grassroots projects across Indian Country, our own organizational needs are overlooked or neglected. Going forward, this investment will allow us to even better serve our constituents in Native communities all over the U.S."

About First Nations Development Institute
For 36 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American 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 American communities. First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit

About Fidelity Charitable®
Fidelity Charitable® is an independent public charity that has helped donors support more than 219,000 nonprofit organizations with more than $23 billion in grants. Established in 1991, Fidelity® Charitable launched the first national donor-advised fund program. The mission of the organization is to further the American tradition of philanthropy by providing programs that make charitable giving simple, effective, and accessible. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • Program Contact:
    Raymond Foxworth
    First Nations Vice President of Grantmaking, Development & Communications
    (303) 774-7836 x207

    Media Contact:
    Randy Blauvelt
    First Nations Senior Communications Officer
    (303) 774-7836 x213