Engaging Indigenous Communities with Respect: Learning Through Humility


About the event

Utilizing original research on fundraising in Native American communities and lived experiences, this session will unpack harmful practices (including language) toward Native American people and communities and offer tips to develop more respectful relationships and practices that center Native American people, their communities, and lived experience.

Although this is open to the full sector, it will be particularly helpful for board members, executive directors, development staff, and program officers.
April 13, 2023 9:00 AM

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Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 9:00 - 11:00 am

Whether you are raising funds on behalf of Native communities, collaborating with Native organizations, or developing programs with Native peoples, working from a place of humility, and centering Native voices, is critical.

Marisa Page will lead an honest and open discussion about philanthropy and the harm that can be caused if not approached with respect, humility, and sensitivity. Marisa will share experiences from an indigenous lens, holding the nonprofit sector accountable for doing better when engaging BIPOC communities.

Indigenous peoples are critically underrepresented philanthropically, politically, professionally, and through mainstream media throughout the United States. This workshop invites participants to create spaces where Indigenous voices are heard and celebrated.


Sliding scale fee for 2023 learning labs

Organizational Budget  -  Registration Fee

  • Organizational Budget Up to 100k -  Registration Fee No charge
  • Organizational Budget 101-250k  -  Registration Fee  $15
  • Organizational Budget 251-500k  -  Registration Fee  $25
  • Organizational Budget 501-1M  -  Registration Fee  $35
  • Organizational Budget 1-3M  -  Registration Fee  $45
  • Organizational Budget 3M+  -  Registration Fee  $60

*Please note: If you are paying personally (not through your organization’s budget funds), please select the payment level that is most accessible for you, including the no-charge option if helpful. We want it to be easy for you to join us! We also have limited scholarships for current grantees of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Anchorum, and Nusenda.


About Marisa Page

Marisa Page was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. She is a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and descends from the Ponca and Comanche tribes. Ms. Page spent most of her professional career working for Native nonprofits in the Albuquerque area. She is familiar with the cultural and political landscape of New Mexico.

Marisa is currently a Development Officer at First Nations Development Institute, where she supports the strategic fundraising efforts of First Nations by enlisting support for the organization’s key programs and initiatives with an emphasis on individual, planned and major gifts.

Before joining the FNDI team, Marisa spent her professional tenure working and advocating for Indigenous peoples throughout the United States and around the world through various organizations. Her experience includes leadership development, STEM education, and community organizing. She is a skilled grant writer and has many years in program development and implementation.

Marisa Page received two Associate Degrees from Central New Mexico Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Legal Studies with a focus in Indigenous Peoples Law from the University of Oklahoma.


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