Dear Friends:

The gift of giving and receiving are intertwined.  You cannot have one without the other.  To be a part of a Tiwahe (Family) is one of our most sacred ties.  The journey of the Tiwahe Foundation has been one of dreams, vision, love, self- determination and community leadership.  It has taken each and every one of us to be a part of this effort and we value your gifts you bring to the Foundation and our community.

Our one of a kind grantmaking program has had tremendous impact on the individuals we fund and the greater community.  Over the past year we have honored 30 individuals in their pursuits in educational attainment, small businesses and cultural activities that included filmmakers, elders, lawyers, entrepreneurs, musicians, youth workers, artists, college graduates and community leaders. We are in awe of the leadership and accomplishments of our grantees and how they continue to give back to our community and Tiwahe Foundation.

In 2010, we had one major donor to the Tiwahe Foundation.  Today we have over 450 donors to Tiwahe and we have raised $3.4 million toward our Seventh Generation Endowment Campaign to secure our American Indian Family Empowerment Fund grants.  Our success over the past 6 years to establish an American Indian community foundation is due to people like you that are committed to our innovative grants to individuals and belief in the creation of a permanent resource in philanthropy.

We hope you will consider a gift and continue to invest in future grantees and leaders in our communities.  Your gift will be matched by the Northwest Area Foundation.  Your support means so much to our small, developing foundation.

It would be an honor if you would join us this year with a contribution.

Pilamayaye,

Kelly Drummer
President and CEO