Native Philanthropy at Santa Fe Community Foundation

The Santa Fe Community Foundation is committed to Native philanthropy by partnering with Native-led organizations, supporting systems and practices that empower Native people, and by addressing inequities in the sector.

Did you know that Native Americans receive 0.4 percent of grant dollars, on average, from philanthropic institutions, while representing two percent of the population? And only 20 percent of large foundations give to Native communities and causes? This has remained consistent over the past 15 years*.  

While explicit funding for Native Americans has been sporadic and unreliable on the national level, locally, the Native American Advised Fund (NAAF) of the Santa Fe Community Foundation and its partners have worked hard to counter the dearth in funding for Native communities.  Santa Fe Community Foundation has been among one of the largest community foundations to grant to Native Communities.

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Native American Advised Fund

Advisory Committee:  Pictured, left to right:  Ross Chaney (Osage, Cherokee), Andrea Hanley (Diné), Emily Haozous, PhD, RN (Chiricahua Fort Sill Apache), Jhane Myers, Chair (Comanche, Blackfeet), Porter Swentzell, PhD (Santa Clara Pueblo)   Not pictured:  Joseph (Woody) Aguilar, PhD (San Ildefonso Pueblo), Christina M. Castro, PhD (Jemez/Taos Pueblo), Lisa LeFlore Davis, JD (Fort Sill Apache), Jesse Morris (Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska), Stephine Poston (Sandia Pueblo), Oscar S. Rodriguez (Lipan Apache).


The Native American Advised Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, was established in 1993 with a gift from the late Allan Houser (Chiricahua Fort Sill Apache), a humanitarian and one of the world's great artists. Grants are made from the fund based on the recommendations of an advisory committee. All members of the advisory committee are drawn from the local Native American communities.

The purpose of the Native American Advised Fund is to enhance Native lifeways now and for future generations in New Mexico by promoting a spirit of sharing and supporting community initiatives. The Fund supports efforts that emphasize the commitment to Native core values: community, language, culture, and environment. Since 1997, the Native American Advised Fund has granted over $200,000 to 50 different tribes, schools, and organizations.

The Fund will operate in perpetuity, benefiting this and future generations. Only the income from the fund is used to make grants.

Native American considers grants in the fall, corresponding to the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s respective competitive grant cycle

How to Give 

  • Donate by check by writing your check out to the Santa Fe Community Foundation and mailing it to

Santa Fe Community Foundation
PO Box 1827
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1827

Be sure to include Native American Advised Fund in the memo line. 

  • Donate online by using the form below.
  • Stock transfer instructions can be obtained from Gabriela Gómez, Director of Development at (505) 988-9715 x 7006. When you are transferring stock, please notify the Foundation of your gift. Banking privacy laws do not allow identification of donors or brokerage houses when the gift is made.
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Your Contact for the Native American Advised Fund

Diane Hamamoto
Grants Officer
(505) 988-9715 x 7008

Jhane Myers
Committee Chair