Indigenous Impact Challenge: Year-End Giving

As 2021 comes to a close and many of you are looking for where to direct your year-end giving, we ask that you consider Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA). Native communities, especially those geographically isolated, face disparities that most Americans do not. Some 23% of American Indian households experience food insecurity, and 29% live below the poverty line. Whether families are suffering with the loss of loved ones to COVID-19 or hunger and poverty, your support is needed more than ever before. PWNA’s Indigenous Impact Challenge is making it possible for donors to bring joy back to tribal citizens and communities.

The Indigenous Impact Challenge is a broad effort to raise support for Native American Elders and others struggling on the reservations across the Northern Plains and Southwest. Thanks to a special group of generous PWNA benefactors, every gift to honor and help Native Americans by Dec. 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. This means that your donation will make twice the difference if you act this year.

PWNA and its programs offer many ways to make a difference:  

  • Southwest Reservation Aid (SWRA) and Northern Plains Reservation Aid (NPRA):
    • Deliver staple foods and Thanksgiving meals to senior centers
    • Support “Train the Trainer” classes that educate on foraging, food preservation and healthy cooking with local food sources and Indigenous recipes that pre-date diabetes
    • Help Elders through the winter with emergency boxes filled with nutritious food and other essentials
    • Bring winter warmth through firewood and winter fuel vouchers that cut the cost of propane and electric bills for Elders
    • Remember Elders and children with practical gifts during the holidays
  • The American Indian Education Fund (AIEF) program:
    • Distributes backpacks and school supplies
    • Provides undergraduate and graduate scholarships and mentoring
    • Sends care packages to college students, as well as a holiday gift for their young family members
  • The Reservation Animal Rescue (RAR) program:
    • Subsidizes low-cost spay and neutering services
    • Supports partners treating strays for diseases that could be passed on to humans
    • Supplies essentials such as blankets, collars, leashes, and cleaning supplies

Through generous donations, this year PWNA has helped our reservation partners deliver more than 500,000 pounds of food to Elders, provide nearly 1,000 winter emergency boxes, distribute school supplies to over 15,000 students and supply over 16,000 pounds of pet food and supplies. With your help, PWNA can do so much more! We accept donations year-round, but the Indigenous Impact Challenge ends at the end of the day, December 31. Your donations are even tax-deductible – donate here. We thank you for your consideration and support this holiday season.

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