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

James Boyle
Laura Waterman-Wittstock

* Search Committee Member

Tiwahe Press Release

Foundation Administrator

Position Summary:

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:

Development

  • 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

Communications

  • 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

Administrative/Bookkeeping

  • 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
kdrummer@tiwahefoundation.org
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.

Tiwahe Press Release

American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grants Awarded

MINNEAPOLIS (February 9, 2017) Eleven 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 January 2017 grant round, the following individuals received awards:

Goal 2: Educational Achievement
Brittany Austin, Standing Rock, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Brittany is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Education.
Jolene Chestnut, White Earth, to support her education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Jolene is in her final year of the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance Program.
Akikwe Cornell, Sault Saint Marie, to support her education at the University of Minnesota. Akikwe is completing a doctoral program in the Department of American Studies.
Honor Lamont, Ogalala Sioux, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Honor is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Human Services.
Amber Leger, Leech Lake, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Amber is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Business Management.
Anne O’Keefe-Jackson, Lower Sioux, to support her education at Augsburg College. Anne is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration.
Jason Poitra, Turtle Mountain, to support his education at Dunwoody College of Technology. Jason is pursuing a one year welding certificate.
Samora Redding, White Earth, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Samora is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Human Services.
Sasina Samreth, White Earth, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Sasina is pursuing a certificate in Accounting.

Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency
David Bernie, Yankton Sioux, to bring Indigemojis, an Indigenous Sticket Emoji app, to the Android market. Indigemojis launched for iOS August of 2016 and includes categories such as Women Warriors, Francis Frybread, Indian Love, Pow Wow and Activism.
Benjamin Spears, Red Lake, to upgrade business equipment for Spears Tree Care. Benjamin has worked as a Certified Arborist for the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board for over a decade and runs his own business providing consultation and diagnosis, trimming, removal and disease control.

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New Board Members and Staff Appointed to Tiwahe Foundation

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (February 3, 2017) Tiwahe Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of three new board members: John Fetzer, Wakinyan LaPointe and Valerie Larsen, as well as a new staff member, Deanna StandingCloud. Their expertise and leadership will enhance our vision and lead the future work of the Foundation.

John Fetzer is an enrolled member of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation. A graduate of North Dakota State University, John has worked as a legislative aide and on the Bush Foundation’s Native Nations team. He currently works as a program officer at the Northwest Area Foundation. Born and raised in Bemidji, MN, John loves the outdoors, good food and traveling.

Wakinyan LaPointe is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. He has worked as a community youth worker in indigenized experiential learning and as an advocate of Indigenous Peoples’ human rights at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He is a senior undergraduate student of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Wakinyan’s vision in life to nourish the gifts of Indigenous Peoples.

Valerie Larsen is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Valerie is a founding member of the Tiwahe Foundation and is returning to help in perserving our humble beginnings. She gives back to the community by serving on the Native American Community Clinic Board and volunteering at the Women’s Correctional Facility at Shakopee, MN. Valerie holds a B.A. in Public Policy with an emphasis on Indian Child Welfare. She currently works as a Community Resource Specialist at MIGIZI Communications.

Deanna StandingCloud will be joining us as the Program and Community Network Director on February 1st. Deanna is a three-time American Indian Family Empowerment Grantee and currently in our Minnesota Alumni Network Weavers session. Deanna comes to Tiwahe with eight years of experience in programming at Minneapolis Public Schools Indian Education Program. Deanna is a leader and mentor to many Native girls and women in our community. We are honored to have her join the Tiwahe Foundation.

Our Mission

The Tiwahe Foundation is a resource for giving and strengthens American Indian communities by building capacity through leadership, culture, values and vision.

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American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grants Awarded by Tiwahe Foundation

MINNEAPOLIS (October 26, 2016) Nine 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 September 2016 grant round, the following individuals received awards:

Goal 2: Educational Achievement

Evelyn Castaway, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Evelyn is in her second year of study in the Law Enforcement program, pursuing an Associate’s Degree.
Kyle Hill, Ph.D., to support his education at Johns Hopkins University. Kyle will be attending the Fall Institute in Barcelona, Spain as part of the Master of Public Health program.
Nicole Koenig-Roy, to support her education at The Art Institutes International Minnesota. Nicole is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Business Management.
Shawn Ross, to support his education at Augsburg College. Shawn will graduate next spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Law and a minor in American Indian Studies.
Alicia Smith, to support her education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Alicia is in her second and final year of the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance Program.
Joyce Yellowhammer, to support her education at Anoka Ramsey Community College. Joyce is in her first year, pursuing an Associate in Arts degree and hopes to work in the field of criminal justice.

Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency

Janice Bad Moccasin, to finish final planning stages of a new equine therapy program, Horse Nation Coming-Dakota Horse Camps. The program’s goal is to revive Indigenous nature-based healing and personal development through Equine Therapy.
Anita Lovelace, to purchase a long-arm quilting machine. Anita has taught quilting classes and donated many star quilts to the community. She aims to increase her productivity of star quilts with the machine.
Rosy Simas, to support her dance and choreography business. Rosy has been in the dance field as a performer, choreographer, teacher, curator, lecturer, advocate and mentor to other Native artists and artists of color for over 20 years.

Our Mission

The Tiwahe Foundation is a resource for giving and strengthens American Indian communities by building capacity through leadership, culture, values and vision.

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American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grants Awarded by Tiwahe Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. MINNEAPOLIS (June 13, 2016) Ten grants were awarded to American Indian 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.  Over the past 20 years, the AIFEP fund has awarded nearly 800 individuals close to $1.5 million. 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. During the June 2016 grant round, the following individuals received awards:

Goal 1: Preserve and Renew Native Cultural Connections
Brian Heart, to support providing education of native culture at Little Earth community

Goal 2: Educational Achievement
Cassandra Buffalohead, to support her education at Augsburg College
Frances Butler, to support her education at Anoka Technical College
Andrea Cornelius, to support her education at Augsburg College
Heather House, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Lisa Lachner, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency
Korina Barry, to support completing a yoga teacher certification program
Patricia Columbus-Powers, to purchase materials to create first product line examples
Brook LaFloe, to support living costs relating to education at the Montessori Institute of San Diego
Jacqueline Pearl, to support creating a family owned and operated window cleaning business

Our Mission: The Tiwahe Foundation is a resource for giving and strengthens American Indian communities by building capacity through leadership, culture, values and vision.

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American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grants Awarded by Tiwahe Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. MINNEAPOLIS (February 22, 2016) Ten 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.  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 700 individuals close to $1.5 million. During the February 2016 grant round, the following individuals received awards:

Goal 1: Preserve and Renew Native Cultural Connections
Cheryl Feather, to support creating traditional regalia for her grandsons to wear while dancing in community powwows

Goal 2: Educational Achievement
Eli Buffalohead, to support his education at Augsburg College
Reva Lumbar, to support her education at Takoda Institute of Higher Education
Dylan O’Brien, to support his education at the University of Minnesota
Joy Rivera, to support her attendance and presentation at the “World Indigenous Cancer Conference” in Australia

Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency
James Cross, for transportation to remain volunteering in the community at Natives against Heroin talking circles and sweat lodge ceremonies for Native American men in Stillwater and Oak Park Heights prisons
Marissa Goodsky, to purchase masonry apprenticeship equipment and vehicle repairs
Leonard Hayes, to support his consulting business which provides facilitation and curriculum for the Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ support groups
Deidre Whiteman, for closing costs and down payment assistance on her first home
Dietrich Wilke, to purchase equipment needed to establish a media production business

Our Mission: The Tiwahe Foundation is a resource for giving and strengthens American Indian communities by building capacity through leadership, culture, values and vision.

New Board Members Appointed to Tiwahe Foundation

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (February 24, 2016) Tiwahe Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of four new board members: Monica Flores, Paul Meyer, Amanda Norman and Joseph Regguinti. Their expertise and leadership will enhance our vision and lead the future work of the Foundation.

Monica Flores is a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. Currently the Executive Director of Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund, Ms. Flores has many years of experience working in Native American communities and Tribal governments. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration and Certified Public Accountant certification. An alumni grantee, Ms. Flores enjoys teaching boxing and women’s empowerment classes.

Paul Meyer is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. He is the President and CEO of Meyer Contracting. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, he has vast experiences in starting and growing businesses. Mr. Meyer enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and coaching.

Amanda Norman is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. She is the Executive Director of the soon-to-be Thor Foundation, the corporate foundation arm of Thor Construction, Incorporated. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Morris and is currently pursuing a Masters in Education at Augsburg College. Ms. Norman enjoys the arts, travel and writing.

Joseph Regguinti is a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and served on the Leech Lake Local Indian Council from 2012-2015, acting as a liaison between urban Leech Lake citizens and the Tribal council. He currently works as the Father Project Coordinator at the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. He holds a degree in English and American Indian studies from Augsburg College. An alumni grantee, Mr. Regguinti enjoys harvesting wild rice, hunting and gathering of traditional foods and spending time with his son.

Our Mission: The Tiwahe Foundation is a resource for giving and strengthens American Indian communities by building capacity through leadership, culture, values and vision.