The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation is celebrating a “giving” milestone, since launching its grantmaking program four years ago. The foundation has distributed $4.08 million through 117 grants to Native-led nonprofits and tribal nations in 15 states.
The Foundation raised the $4 million in grant funding through the generosity and partnership of tribal nations, donors, sponsors and philanthropic foundations—and without any government support or dependence, Justin Huenemann, President and CEO of the NB3 Foundation, emphasized to Native Business Magazine. A completely Native-led organization, the NB3 Foundation supports only Native-led and tribal-run organizations and efforts.
“We are proud of how we are redefining giving and grant support, particularly with grass-roots, community led initiatives,” Huenemann told Native Business Magazine.
The NB3 Foundation‘s grantmaking supports community-driven efforts to improve the health and fitness of Native youth through various health prevention strategies. Community Partners (grantees) choose what works best in their communities and the Foundation helps support their capacity to implement.
Grants have supported: programs that plan or expand projects focused on children’s nutrition education, access to healthy foods, increased physical activity, culturally-based youth/community leadership development, healthy beverage consumption, promotion of breast feeding initiatives, and tribal and local policy development.
“I am thrilled with this important achievement. But there remains a great deal of work to do and resources to raise to ensure that Native American youth can live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives,” said Notah Begay III, founder and board member.
Huenemann added: “We remain committed to supporting local, Native-led solutions. We will continue to do our best to uplift the beauty, strengths and resilience of our youth and families and to provide resources that ensure their success.”