About First Nations

The mission of First Nations Development Institute is to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. We invest in and create innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities.

With the support of individuals, foundations, corporate and tribal donors, First Nations Development Institute improves economic conditions for Native Americans through technical assistance & training, advocacy & policy, and direct financial grants in five key areas:

  • Achieving Native Financial Empowerment
  • Investing in Native Youth
  • Strengthening Tribal & Community Institutions
  • Advancing Household & Community Asset-Building Strategies
  • Nourishing Native Foods & Health

As the long-term ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic become clearer, First Nations continues to support Native cultures, economies, infrastructures, and food systems, the way we have for almost 40 years. Our work in the recovery stages of COVID-19 is more important than ever.

First Nations is the most highly-rated American Indian nonprofit in the nation. Indeed, for the eighth year in a row, First Nations has received the top 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator — only 4% of the nonprofits it rates achieve this highest distinction for eight consecutive years. Learn more financial information about First Nations.