SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. — The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation celebrates an important “giving” milestone. Since starting its grantmaking program four years ago, the NB3 Foundation has provided $4.08 million through 117 grants to Native-led nonprofits and tribal nations in 15 states (AK, AZ, CA, HI, KS, MN, MT, ND, NM, NY, OK, OR, SD, WA, WI).
“I am thrilled with this important achievement. But there remains a great deal of work to do and resources to raise to ensure that Native American youth can live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives,” said Notah Begay III, founder, and board member.
The NB3 Foundation has raised every penny through the generosity and partnership of tribal nations, donors, sponsors, and philanthropic foundations. During these four years, the Foundation has not accepted or received any government funding.
NB3 Foundation‘s grantmaking supports community-driven efforts to improve the health and fitness of Native youth through various health prevention strategies. Community Partners (grantees) choose what works best in their communities and the Foundation helps support their capacity to implement.
Grants have supported: programs that plan or expand projects focused on children’s nutrition education, access to healthy foods, increased physical activity, culturally-based youth/community leadership development, healthy beverage consumption, promotion of breastfeeding initiatives, and tribal and local policy development.
“We remain committed to supporting local, Native-led solutions,” said Justin Huenemann, President and CEO. “We will continue to do our best to uplift the beauty, strengths, and resilience of our youth and families and to provide resources that ensure their success.”