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First Nations team members (left to right) Michael E. Roberts (Tlingit), Ime Salazar (Taos Pueblo/Santa Ana Pueblo) Kendall Tallmadge (Ho-Chunk), and Jona Charette (Northern Cheyenne/Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa).


First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has once again received the highest rating of four stars from charity watchdog agency Charity Navigator, making it the sixth year in a row that First Nations has achieved this distinction. Only 5 percent of all the charities rated by Charity Navigator can claim the honor of receiving this top rating for six consecutive years. 

We could not have earned this distinction without the dedication of all of our constituencies and the First Nations team. From our community partners who produce remarkable results at the grassroots level and our committed supporters who invest in innovation, to our Board of Trustees who govern with integrity and our staff members who approach each day with enthusiasm and a commitment to advance our mission. For all of this, I am truly grateful.

Charity Navigator is America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities.  In a letter to First Nations on November 1, 2017, Charity Navigator President & CEO Michael Thatcher wrote: “We are proud to announce First Nations Development Institute has earned our sixth consecutive 4-star rating. This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that First Nations Development Institute exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work ... This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets First Nations Development Institute apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

We hope you will consider a gift today so we can further First Nations’ mission and expand our work to even more Native communities who are creating innovative solutions at the grassroots level. To make a gift, click here. To view First Nations’ profile on Charity Navigator, click here.

It has been an exciting year of growth and change-making in the communities we serve because of our partnership with you. On behalf of the First Nations Board and staff, please accept my deepest gratitude for the solutions you are helping to advance in Native communities. We couldn’t do it without you!


Michael E. Roberts (téix sháach tsín)
President & CEO

“Charity Navigator’s four stars for the sixth year in a row illuminates the leadership, team strength, transparency, accountability and innate desire that burns within the First Nations team to develop and provide resources for Native American people through education, training and support."  ~ First Nations supporter Gail Clauer (pictured here).


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