Our donors took an expansive approach during Black History Month in supporting multiple communities under the BIPOC umbrella. At the direction of a donor from Florida, for example, the Gay & Lesbian Fund made donations to the First Nations Development Institute and the Native American Heritage Association.
The First Nations Development Institute improves economic conditions for Native Americans through technical assistance and training, advocacy and policy, and direct financial grants in six key areas:
- Achieving Native Financial Empowerment
- Investing in Native Youth
- Strengthening Tribal and Community Institutions
- Advancing Household and Community Asset-Building Strategies
- Nourishing Native Foods and Health
- Stewarding Native Lands
The Native American Heritage Association is committed to fighting hunger on the Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River, and Rosebud Reservations in South Dakota.
All of us at the Fund are honored to complete these gifts, and appreciate the opportunity to extend ever outward an understanding of the substantive, positive impact LGBTQ Vermonters and their allies have on other communities across our nation.