SOURCE: First Nations Development Institute

First Nations Development Institute

December 16, 2015 08:00 ET

Help Native Grassroots Organizations Meet the Challenge

LONGMONT, CO--(Marketwired - December 16, 2015) - We have incredible news that will help Native children and families during this season of giving! A generous donor has announced that they will match contributions for each organization featured on up to $500 through Dec. 31, 2015.

Created by and for Native people, this giving platform exists to raise awareness of the remarkable initiatives making a real difference in the lives of Native children and families. All of the participating organizations are small, community-based nonprofits that rely on grants and generous donations to do good work in their communities. was initiative by First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) because it recognizes that Native American youth are the very future of our communities. Ensuring their well-being is crucial to the prosperity of Native communities. In addition, a goal of this online giving platform is to help democratize philanthropy and address the lack of funding directed to Native initiatives and nonprofits, particularly at the grassroots level. According to the Foundation Center's 2011 report, Foundation Funding for Native American Issues and Peoples, the overall foundation funding directed to Native communities declined from 0.5% in 2000 to 0.3% in 2009.

During this season of giving will you please help them meet their matching-gift challenge?

If you make a donation to any of the organizations through the fundraising platform, it will be matched by another generous donor -- dollar for dollar -- up until we hit a total of $500 in gifts for each of the eight organizations. That's a $4,000 match! What a great way to double the impact of your gift to any one or more of these organizations.

And, of course, your gift to us is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Beyond that, your gift will have even more power! That's because each of the organizations is eligible for additional incentives that will help further their missions. A generous donor has pledged to award a prize of $1,000 to the participating organization that raises the most funds through the website by the end of the year, plus a $1,000 prize to the organization that raises the largest number of individual gifts through (regardless of the total dollar amount).

Please give today or soon, because the match and the prize opportunities will end at midnight on Dec. 31. A gift to a grassroots Native initiative on will allow them to greatly increase their reach and effectiveness in their communities.

About is a project of First Nations Development Institute. is dedicated to strengthening and improving the lives of Native children and families while raising awareness of the needs of the communities we serve. Consistent with Native American values of sharing and reciprocity, the goal of this unique initiative is to increase giving to philanthropic efforts in Native communities. aims to direct more investments to worthy nonprofits such as those featured on the site. The featured nonprofits have developed successful and innovative projects that promote educated kids, healthy kids and secure families.

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Contact Information

    Eileen Egan
    First Nations Associate Director of Development & Senior Program Officer
    (303) 859-1238