Potlatch fund Named a 2008 Recipient of National Leadership in Action Award

Seattle, Washington (ICC) 10-08

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced Potlatch Fund as one of the five 2008 recipients of its prestigious National Leadership in Action Award, recognizing excellent work by nonprofit organizations and philanthropic institutions in communities of color.

Seattle-based Potlatch Fund was selected for its dedication to inspire the Native tradition of giving in Northwest Indian Country and promote economic development, civic participation, and the overall well-being of Native people and their communities. As a recipient, the organization will receive a $50,000 grant, as well as an original commissioned art piece created by an emerging artist. Potlatch Fund will be honored at a Gala reception to be held on Saturday November 15, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Seattle, commencing at 5 p.m (Ticket Information - Limited Seats Available.)

"We are both humbled and honored to be the recipient of this prestigious national award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as we've been working hard the past four years to expand philanthropy to Northwest Indian Country," said Potlatch Fund Executive Director, Ken Gordon. "Our work aims to educate Indian groups about mainstream philanthropy, as well as inform mainstream philanthropic groups about Indian Country. We're proud to say that in the last three years, nearly 1,000 Tribal members have been trained on how to create and manage non-profits – And, it is because of recognition like this that allows us to continue."


The National Leadership in Action Award program recognizes, celebrates, and promotes outstanding philanthropic institutions and nonprofit organizations. Specifically, it seeks to partner with groups that have innovative approaches to connecting resources of time, money, and know-how for philanthropic work by communities of color. Award winners were peer-nominated and screened by a committee of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders from across the United States.

"We are at an incredible moment in our society as the power of philanthropy continues to accelerate as a result of the innovations these committed organizations offer," said Anne Mosle, vice president for programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation. "As the Foundation re-energizes our mission to support the success of vulnerable children, with a strong commitment to racial equity, we hope to see more opportunities to partner with strong organizations such as these to ensure philanthropy achieves its full potential."

In addition to Potlatch Fund, 2008 winners include: Rose Community Foundation (Denver, Colo.), The Twenty-First Century Foundation (New York, N.Y.), Native Americans in Philanthropy (Minneapolis , Minn.) and ACCESS ( Dearborn, Mich.).

ABOUT Potlatch Fund

Potlatch Fund inspires and builds upon the Native tradition of giving, while striving to expand philanthropy in Northwest Indian country. Aiming to serve Native people in the Pacific Northwest, Potlatch Fund focuses efforts both in the urban areas and on the 54 reservation and tribal communities in four state regions – Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Since Native communities only receive between 0.2 to 0.3 percent of the funds from major foundations (this is about 1/10th of the number that one would expect based on relative populations) Potlatch Fund is pleased to note that in the Pacific Northwest, the traditional underfunding of Native communities appears to be improving due to its programs. For more information, please visit http://www.potlatchfund.org/.

Established in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the southern African countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

For more information on the National Leadership in Action Award or the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, visit www.wkkf.org or www.culturesofgiving.org.