Tiwahe Foundation is Hiring a Foundation Administrator

Position Description

Summary: Seeking energetic, self-motivated individual for a full-time salaried position that supports the Tiwahe President/CEO and Program & Community Network Director in development, grants and administrative functions of the foundation. This position requires strong customer service skills and is responsible for development support, grants data management, communications, bookkeeping and various administrative tasks. A value and passion for working with American Indian people, community and leadership is required. Foundation Administrator works under the direction of the President and CEO of the Foundation.

Core Duties:


  • Manage donor information in the organization’s E-tapestry database
  • Manage donor mailing lists and publications, including development campaigns & appeals, event materials and correspondence through various publications, web and Constant Contact.
  •  Timely acknowledgment of gifts made to the organization
  •  Assist in planning/implementing fundraising and donor stewardship events
  •  Assist in fundraising efforts conducted via social media
  •  General administrative functions related to fund development
  •  Participate in staff, administrative, promotional, and organization meetings and activities
  • Assist Development Committee


  • Maintain grant records and files in FileMaker Pro database
  • Track grant inquiries, proposals and reports (Oyate and AIFEP)
  • Generate reports, responses to inquiries and grant histories, as requested
  • Communicate externally with grantees and applicants
  • Schedule payments for grant dispersements
  • Assure compliance with IRS and foundation-specific regulations for assigned grants
  • Create and maintain grant files that meet legal, auditing and foundation requirements
  • Assist Grants Committee

Program Support/Communications

  • Undertakes special projects, as assigned
  • Assist with coordinating program meetings
  • Draft routine correspondence
  • Assist with new program grant initiatives implemented by the foundation
  • Updates to the website and social media
  • Monthly E-Newsletter content and creation
  • Reports, Applications, Annual Event Invitations
  • Collect stories for publication and e-media
  • Co-develop communication strategy with Board of Directors and Committees


  • Compile and prepare Board of Directors meeting materials
  • Compile and prepare Board of Directors and Board Committee minutes
  • Assist with Board/Committee meetings, retreats, etc.


  • 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
  • Preparation for Audit and year-end financials
  • Preparation for Budget planning


  • Ability to effectively communicate the mission and vision of the Tiwahe Foundation
  • Knowledge or experience working with the Twin Cities American Indian community
  • Understanding of the principles of philanthropy
  • Professional experience in fund development, programs, grantmaking and general bookkeeping
  • Data base management experience
  • Excellent writing skills, demonstrating accuracy, creativity, and persuasiveness
  • Ability to create positive working relationships, internally and externally
  • Ability to collaborate and work as a member of a team
  • Ability to work independently, when required
  • Excellent attention to detail and self-motivated
  • Strong organizational skills in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Understanding of basic bookkeeping for accounts receivable and payable
  • Experience with on-line and social media communications


  • Bachelors degree preferred
  • Familiarity with donor, grants database management and bookkeeping: Etapestry, Filemaker Pro and Quickbooks systems or comparable
  • 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 April 20, 2018 to:
Nevada Littlewolf, President and CEO
2801 21st Avenue South #132F
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Tiwahe Foundation Announces New President and CEO, Nevada Littlewolf


MINNEAPOLIS, MN (February 15, 2018)

After an extensive and national search, the Tiwahe Foundation Board of Directors are excited to announce the hiring of President and CEO, Nevada Littlewolf, effective March 1, 2018.  Prior to joining the Tiwahe Foundation, Nevada served as the Executive Director of Rural American Indigenous Leadership (RAIL), an organization she founded in 2012 to support and grow women’s leadership in rural Minnesota.  She has been an elected leader on the Virginia, Minnesota City Council since 2008. Nevada has developed culturally-specific leadership training with several national training organizations including The White House Project and Wellstone Action.  Her leadership is evident across multiple platforms in the state. She has an Associate of Arts Degree from Mesabi College, a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota Duluth and is a 2016 Bush Fellow.

“We welcome Nevada’s experience in non-profit leadership, her extensive knowledge of rural Minnesota and her powerful, grassroots leadership and national presence. Nevada is a trusted leader and we look forward to working with Nevada on a strategic planning process that will build upon our success and continue to catalyze the ground-breaking work of our outgoing President/CEO Kelly Drummer and the remarkable founders of The Tiwahe Foundation.” said Amanda Norman, Chair of the Tiwahe Foundation Board of Directors.

“I understand firsthand the importance of indigenous voices in decision-making spaces. I am passionate about growing resources and building opportunities for indigenous people. From philanthropy to working in the courts with the Indian Child Welfare Act to affecting policy changes in the political arena, I have spent my life working as a leader, advocate and champion. I am so excited to bring all that I have to build upon and grow Tiwahe Foundation’s vision for indigenous leaders in Minnesota.” said, Littlewolf.

Nevada Littlewolf is an active community leader across the state of Minnesota.  She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of The Northland Foundation, Board Secretary of ClearWay Minnesota and as a Board member of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.  Governor Dayton appointed Nevada as a non-attorney member of the Sixth Judicial District Judicial Selection Commission in 2009. She continues to provide valuable input around the selection and appointment of new Judges who reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. She also serves on Governor Dayton’s Minnesota Tribal Youth Gathering Planning Team.

About Tiwahe Foundation: The Tiwahe Foundation is an independent; American Indian led community foundation and is a resource for giving and strengthens American Indian communities by building capacity through leadership, culture, values and vision.