Native Giving
Partnering with Native Communities
Throughout the Pacific Northwest, exceptional nonprofit groups are strengthening Native communities. Some provide much-needed loans to Native entrepreneurs and free technical training to Tribal leaders, while others focus on preserving and celebrating the rich Native heritage and cultures that are deeply rooted throughout the region. These groups fill a crucial gap by serving populations that often have limited access to traditional funding and other resources. The Foundation is working to make these groups stronger and even more effective.

For more than 15 years, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has partnered with key nonprofit organizations, investing more than $10 million dollars in organizations serving Tribal communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. In recent years, we have increased the percentage of giving dedicated to Tribal projects. Over our history, we have learned a great deal from our Native partners and are using this learning to guide future action. View our giving by the numbers.

The Foundation is honored to be recognized as the Potlatch Fund's Philanthropist of the Year for 2012. The Potlatch Fund's mission is to inspire and build upon the Native tradition of giving and to expand philanthropy within Tribal Nations and Native Communities in the Northwest. To learn more about their work, please visit them at

The Foundation has focused on supporting a range of programs that respond to our grantees' priorities. Like all communities, Native communities strive to respond to the need for vibrant art and culture, individual wellness, economic security for families, and healthy youth. We support all of these dimensions of a healthy community and look forward to joining with more funders as they do the same. Below are just a few examples of how our Tribal partners are strengthening their communities for future generations.
Fostering Culture
Promoting Native Voices and
Creating a Lifeline
Health and Wellness
Healing within the Community
Economic Self-Sufficiency
Empowering Native Entrepreneurs

Youth Engagement
Setting Youth up for Success
Leadership and Professional Development
Strengthening the Circle