Tiwahe Press Release
September 26th, 2017
Dear Friends of the Tiwahe Foundation:
Announcing the departure of The Tiwahe Foundation President and CEO, Kelly Drummer.
After over a decade of service, Kelly Drummer leaves The Tiwahe Foundation in a strong, highly influential position.
It is with deep gratitude and some sadness that the Board of Directors of the Tiwahe Foundation announces that Kelly Drummer will leave her position as President and CEO effective December 31, 2017. Under her leadership, The Tiwahe Foundation has been recognized for its innovation in grant-making, its donor centric approach and its exemplary fund management. Tiwahe, which means family in Dakota, has recently gained new heights as a national model for philanthropy. Tiwahe has become an influential independent community foundation serving American Indian communities today.
The Tiwahe Foundation was built on the success of the American Indian Family Empowerment Program; a vision of Markell Brooks and collaboration of the Marbrook, Westcliff and Grotto Foundations. Along with community members, Kelly Drummer helped guide the process through which that program was transformed into an independent American Indian led community foundation in 2009. She served on the founding board for two years and was then appointed as Tiwahe’s first President and CEO.
During Kelly’s tenure, the Tiwahe Foundation launched a $6 million endowment campaign to ensure the future of Tiwahe’s robust grant making and to provide a stable financial base for future growth in service of American Indian communities. She was instrumental in creating a partnership with other Minnesota foundations and helped develop the Oyate Network to connect leaders across Minnesota living in urban, rural and tribal communities. Oyate provides access to broad networks and will leverage available real-time resources of ideas, individuals, networks, and small project grants that impact American Indians.
Kelly Drummer states, “I’ve been lucky to work with an exemplary board of directors who embody our mission and drive its culture of philanthropy. I’m truly honored to hold strong relationships with our deeply committed donors who believe in our vision of a permanent resource for American Indians. I look forward to how our Oyate Network will continue to grow and develop networks for positive change across our communities.”
Tiwahe Board of Directors chairwoman Jackie Dionne states, “The board is grateful for Kelly’s inspired and determined leadership; she leaves the foundation in a strong place for her successor. Kelly is kind, compassionate and has a love for the community that shows every day in her work and personal life. We know Kelly will bring these same values to all her future endeavors and she will have many more amazing accomplishments.”
The Tiwahe Board of Directors will be conducting a comprehensive search for its new President and CEO and has contracted with search firm Ballinger & Leafblad to facilitate this process. More details about the search will be communicated via Tiwahe’s e-newsletter and online at www.tiwahefoundation.org
Please join us on November 30, 2017 at our Circle of Giving event to honor Kelly and her work with Tiwahe Foundation. For more information and tickets visit our website at www.tiwahefoundation.org/tiwahe-events
Migwetch and Pidamaya
The Tiwahe Foundation Board of Directors
Jackie Dionne, Chair *
Kathy Denman-Wilke, Vice-Chair *
Paul Meyer, Treasurer
Amanda Norman, Secretary, Chair, Endowment Campaign *
Dave Bice, Director
John Bobolink, Director *
John Fetzer, Director *
Monica Flores, Director
Wakinyan Lapointe, Director *
Joe Regguinti, Director *
At-Large Search Committee Members
* Search Committee Member
Tiwahe Press Release
This full time position will assist in the development, grants and administrative functions of the Tiwahe Foundation. The Administrator will be responsible for assisting in the fundraising for operations and endowment, grants data management of the American Indian Family Empowerment Program and Oyate Network, communications, bookkeeping and other administrative tasks.
Overall Responsibility: Manage the administrative tasks for development, grantmaking, programs, communications and finance under the direction of the President and CEO of the Foundation.
CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Responsible for the management of donor information in the organization’s Etapestry database.
- Manage donor mailing and publications, including all development campaigns and appeals, event materials and correspondence and donor giving lists for various publications.
- Responsible for timely acknowledgment of all gifts made to the organization.
- Assist in planning and implementing fundraising and donor stewardship events.
- Assist in fundraising efforts conducted via social media
- Perform general administrative functions related to fund development.
- Participate in staff meetings, and other vital administrative, promotional, and organization-related meetings and activities.
- Assist the Endowment/Development committee on tasks for prospect solicitation, correspondence, meeting planning, notes
Grant Making and Programs
- Maintain AIFEP Grants records and files in FileMaker Pro database
- Tracks incoming AIFEP/Oyate grant inquiries and proposals
- Ensures final reports are submitted by grantees
- Drafts routine correspondence
- Assist with preparation of AIFEP Grants Committee materials
- Assure compliance with IRS and foundation-specific regulations for assigned grants
- Creates grant files that meet legal, auditing and foundation requirements
- Schedule reporting requirements and payments for new grants
- Provide reports, responses to inquiries and grants histories as requested
- Communicates externally with grantees and applicants
- Undertakes special projects as assigned
- Meeting coordination of the Oyate Network
- Assist with other program grant initiatives implemented by the foundation
- Oyate Network project grants administration
- Updates to the website and social media outlets
- Development and writing of the Monthly E-Newsletter
- Grant Application, Annual Reports, event invitations project management coordination
- Assist with obtaining stories of both Grantees and Donors to Tiwahe Foundation
- Assist with communications to committees and Board of Directors
- Assist in preparing board of directors materials
- Prepare Board and Board committee minutes for all meetings
- Prepare accounts receivable and payable according to financial coding in Quickbooks
- Timely payment of all invoices and grants and deposits of receivables
- Maintain files and records for financial information
- Assist with board committee meetings, retreats, etc.
- Preparation for Audit and end of the year financials
- Preparation for Budget planning
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
- Ability to accurately and effectively communicate the mission and vision of the Foundation
- Knowledge of and/or experience working with the Twin Cities American Indian community.
- Understands the principles of philanthropy.
- Professional experience in fund development, programs. Grantmaking and general bookkeeping
- Fundraising and Grants data base management experience.
- Excellent writing skills, demonstrating accuracy, creativity, and persuasiveness
- Demonstrated ability to create positive working relationships with staff of the organization, as well as with contacts and associates outside of the organization.
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work successfully as a member of a team.
- Excellent attention to detail and follow-through.
- Ability to work calmly and professionally in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
- Dependability, initiative, strong organizational skills, and the ability to work independent of constant supervision.
- Understanding of basic bookkeeping for accounts receivable and payable
- Experience in on-line and social media communications
MINIMUM EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
- Bachelors degree preferred
- Familiarity with donor, grants database management and bookkeeping
- Experience with Etapestry, Filemaker Pro and Quickbooks is a plus
- Familiarity with philanthropy, leadership programs, operations and volunteer management
- Experience working in Native American communities
Position is open until filled. Salary DOE. Qualified candidates please send a resume and cover letter detailing experience and interest in the position by October 23, 2017 to:
Kelly Drummer, President and CEO
2801 21st Avenue South #132F
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Tiwahe Press Release
American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grants Awarded
MINNEAPOLIS (June 8, 2017) Twelve grants were awarded to Native American individuals in the Twin Cities through Tiwahe Foundation’s American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund (AIFEP). These grants are made in partnership with the Two Feathers Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation. AIFEP strives to reverse the social, educational and economic challenges facing American Indians by investing in human capital, skills and cultural strengths through three priority areas: cultural connections, educational achievement and economic self-sufficiency. Over the past 20 years, the AIFEP fund has awarded over 800 individuals close to $1.5 million. During the May 2017 grant round, the following individuals received awards:
Goal 1: Preserving and Renewing Native Cultural Connections
Natasha Galvez-Tirado, Leech Lake Ojibwe, for supplies to create and design regalia for her family.
Alesha Goodwin, White Earth Ojibwe, for materials to create cultural crafts and to launch drum making workshops in the Little Earth community.
Donavan Mountain, Red Lake Ojibwe, to purchase a laptop as a tool for learning and teaching the Ojibwe language.
Goal 2: Educational Achievement
Ira Buffalohead, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, to support his education at Augsburg College. Ira is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.
Raine Cloud, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, to support her education at the University of Minnesota. Raine is pursuing a Dakota Language Teaching Certification.
Jessica Lackey, Cherokee Nation, to support her education at the University of Minnesota. Jessica is conducting research for her Ph.D. in Natural Resources Science and Management.
Tasheena Lachapelle, White Earth Ojibwe, to support her education at Augsburg College. Tasheena is pursuing a Master’s degree in Leadership Studies.
Rachel Nelson, Yurok, to support her education at Metro State University. Rachel is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management with a minor in Project Management.
Isaiah Simon, Cheyenne River Lakota, to support his education at Augsburg College. Isaiah is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Medicine.
Victoria Swain, Turtle Mountain Ojibwe, to support her education at Augsburg College. Victoria is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.
Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency
Victoria Johnson, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, to support the launch of an Indigenous Lotus yoga pilot program for Native youth in the Twin Cities area.
John Other Medicine, Crow Tribe, to support upgrading equipment for his business, Sacred Visions Photography LLC.