San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Donates $1 Million to 10 Non-Profits

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

HIGHLAND, CA – The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians donated $1 million on Giving Tuesday to 10 impactful non-profit organizations to support underserved communities across the nation.  

Less than one percent of U.S. philanthropic funds go to causes that support Native American communities. Non-profit organizations in the Inland Empire receive less than $26 per capita compared to $262.99 per capita across California. In honor of Native American Heritage Month and to facilitate greater impacts for underserved communities, grants of $100,000 each were granted to 10 organizations that serve Native American and Inland Empire communities. 

San Manuel Giving Tuesday 2023
Leaders of the Chinle Planting Hope Foundation received $100,000 from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to construct a library as part of an educational community play space and development project in the Navajo Nation.

All 10 grantees are addressing critical issues and align with the tribe’s four philanthropic pillars: inspiring the future through education, empowering lives, reinforcing healthy and resilient communities, and preserving cultural traditions and empowering Indian Country. The tribe finds it imperative to fund causes that make a difference in the communities they serve.  

More than 35 million adults participated in Giving Tuesday in 2022. This global encouragement for generosity is a reminder to make a change. The Giving Tuesday donations are in addition to the 161 grants approved by the Tribal Council in September, which totaled over $13 million.  

About the Grantees:  

  • Norton Science and Language Academy (NSLA) in San Bernardino provides an educational environment that celebrates diversity, encourages inclusivity, and nurtures the holistic growth of their 1,200 students.  
  • Native Forward Scholars Fund (NFSF) is the largest scholarship provider to Native students. Each year NFSF awards some 17,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students.  
  • Stronghearts Native Helpline provides culturally relevant and Native-centered support for American Indian and Alaska Native persons impacted by domestic, dating and/or sexual violence.  
  • The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) is an international association dedicated to preserving and advancing the language, history, culture, and lifeways of Indigenous peoples. 
  • The Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino provides cultural and art programming and is a space for creatives to practice and develop their crafts without barriers.  
  • The Confederated Tribe and Band of Yakama Nation’s CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program seeks to make sure every dependent child within their jurisdiction is in a safe, caring, culturally responsive family.  
  • Cherish Ministry in Fontana supports at-risk single mothers in underprivileged communities, many of whom are survivors of abuse. Each year, Cherish provides baby care items, infant to kindergarten educational resources, life-skills classes, in-home mentoring, spiritual support, positive parenting classes, and job-readiness training to 450 mothers and children.  
  • The Center for Native American Youth is a Native women-led organization of the Aspen Institute that focuses on the education and advocacy of Native youth on reservations, in rural communities and urban areas across the nation. Their work helps improve health, safety, and overall wellness of Native youth.  
  • Chinle Planting Hope is an Indigenous-led organization providing creative community development in the Navajo Nation. The organization’s newest initiative, the Imagination Station, will include a library, playground, children’s museum, and educational community play space.  
  • Spotlight Documentaries utilizes the power of film to produce and fund documentaries to highlight pressing issues and launch impact campaigns to advance important issues in the world.