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February 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Events


Assets for Independence presents:
Overview of the 'Your Money, Your Goals' Toolkit
February 14 at 3 p.m. MT
Join the Call Here

Native Learning Center presents:
Financial Wellness & Budgeting on the Go
February 21 at 12 p.m. MT
Registration is now OPEN

Oweesta presents:
Power of Partnership
February 21 at 1 p.m. MT
Registration is now OPEN

Oweesta presents:
Investment: Tools & Strategies, Part I
February 23 at 12 p.m. MT
Registration is now OPEN

Native Learning Center presents:
Youth Programs That Work Well Within Indian Country
March 7 at 12 p.m. MT
Registration is now OPEN

Conferences & Trainings

Native Learning Center presents:
Training for Grant Writing and Grants Management
February 6-7, 2017
Hollywood, Florida
Registration is now OPEN

Oweesta presents:
5th Edition BNC:FSF Train-the-Trainer
February 14-16, 2017
Seattle, Washington
Registration is now OPEN

CDFI Coalition presents:
2017 CDFI Coalition Institute
February 28, 2017
Washington, DC
Registration is now OPEN

Opportunity Finance Network and Carsey School of Public Policy present:
Certificate in Community Development Finance
March 14-17, 2017
Durham, North Carolina
Registration is now OPEN

NCRC presents:
2017 Annual NCRC Conference
March 28-30, 2017
Washington, DC
Registration is now OPEN

NAFOA presents:
35th Annual Conference
April 24-25, 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
Registration is now OPEN


In the Field

Native CDFI Bootcamp
Hollywood, Florida
January 24-26, 2017

The Native Learning Center (NLC) and First Nations Oweesta Corporation presented the first Native Community Development Financial Institution (NCDFI) Bootcamp workshop at the new NLC facility in Hollywood, Florida on January 24-26, 2017.

The three-day interactive training was designed to enable participants to expand their understanding of the critical elements for a strong and successful Native CFDI.

The training had 24 of participants representing 16 tribal communities across the nation!

Upcoming Webinars

Power of Partnership
February 23 at 1p.m. MT

Join us as we discuss the findings of our latest publication Power of Partnerships: A Look at Organizational Partnerships in Native Communities & the Native CDFI Industry. We will learn from Wisconsin Native Loan Fund and Sequoyah Fund whom have successfully partnered with non-Native entities to create and sustain innovative programs within their communities!

Follow the link below to register today!

Investment: Tools & Strategies, Part I
February 23 at 12p.m. MT

The webinar, will cover underwriting issues that hinder investment, satisfying investors’ documentation requirements, and developing a term sheet for investment.

Follow the link below to register today!


Native CDFI Success Story

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

Anahola, Kauai, Hawaii - For Anahola resident, Windy Kirifi, owning and operating her own salon had been a life-long dream. Now, one year after opening up her shop, The Edge, at the Anahola Marketplace, Kirifi is most happy for the opportunity to bring out the beauty in her community members in Anahola and call it a job.

Last spring, Kirifi worked closely with the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement’s Loan Fund team to take out a Microenterprise loan to start her small business. After a few months she was able to begin the process of purchasing equipment, setting up her salon, and start to bring in her regular clientele to the new salon location. Today, Kirifi feels that her day-to-day duties are more of a community service than a business because she has a goal to make the customer better than they were when they first sat in her chair. When asked about her reflections over the year she shared, “If you put others first, success will always follow.” She admits that it is hard to run a business including the budgeting considerations and all the other obligations. It was a big difference after years of doing most of her haircuts out of her home for her neighbors. But it has since become a challenge she embraces.

Kirifi encourages Native Hawaiians to consider starting their own small businesses if they feel the calling to do so. She credits her success to the support of her regular customers and her community. She recommends that individuals who have goals of owning their own business consider the option to move forward with developing a business plan. “Don’t believe you have limitations and strive to reach your goals. You can always achieve things, you just have to be willing to do the work,” said Kirifi.

In June, CNHA will be hosting a Small Business Workshop Series for Native Entrepreneurs to help individuals develop their small business ideas into a working plan that could potentially lead to the start of a small business. For more information about the CNHA Loan Fund or the technical assistance and training with the Native Entrepreneurship series, please visit or email

CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the cultural, economic, political, and community development of Native Hawaiians.  For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at, or at

FREE 2017 VITA Marketing Materials

VITA Marketing Materials

First Nations Oweesta Corporation is excited to share our new, customizable 2016 Native VITA Marketing Materials, including Native VITA Flyer, Native VITA paycheck size flyer, Native VITA Site Business Cards, and Native VITA Site Volunteer Recruitment Flyer. Follow the link below to access the downloadable materials!

More information on Native VITA Sites can be found at the First Nations Development Institute Knowledge Center.  Please contact Christopher Hansen at or 303.774.8838 for questions or concerns regarding the VITA Marketing Materials. We appreciate any feedback!

Market Research


Oweesta Conducts Market Research on Financial Coaching

First Nations Oweesta is doing market research on the interest and capacity for financial coaching in Native CDFIs and Native organizations. Financial coaching is defined as the following:

-    Focuses on improving long-term financial behavior,
-    Facilitates clients to set and achieve financial goals largely on their own,
-    Helps clients practice new behaviors and monitors those behaviors over time, and
-    Targets clients with a minimum level of financial skills and experience.

If you are interested in telling us about your current financial coaching activities, or would like to offer an opinion on what capacity building activities are needed to scale financial coaching activities in Native communities, please reach out to Caleb Selby at

GuideStar Platinum


Oweesta Achieves Platinum GuideStar Status

 Is your nonprofit registered with GuideStar? GuideStar is the world's largest source of nonprofit information. GuideStar encourages nonprofits to share information about their organizations openly and completely. They combine the information that nonprofits supply with data from several other sources. GuideStar also serves as a reference for potential funders and investors.

With GuideStar Platinum, nonprofit organizations can share their progress and results in important new ways, moving beyond simplistic financial ratios, to reflect the changes organizations are making in the world. 

For more information on the GuideStar, please follow the link below!

Grant Opportunity


Assets for Independence (AFI) Program

Application Deadline is April 3, 2017

AFI encourages applicants to start preparing applications now by reading the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and connecting with partners!

If you are planning to submit an application this April, consider joining the Intensive Coaching Cohort. Participants in this cohort will have an opportunity to plan their AFI projects and develop their applications with the support of the AFI Resource Center and other cohort participants. Participants will learn from each other's questions and ideas while staying on track to submit their applications by April 3.

For more information on the cohort and upcoming application, please follow the link below!



CDFIs Focused on Resilience Preparedness
Federal Funding Opportunity

Application Deadline is March 15, 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will issue a call for proposals under the joint-federal funding opportunity issued for the recently integrated Coastal Resilience Grants Program, and CDFIs that meet the criteria are eligible to apply. The estimated $15 million in funding for this program is based on the FY 2016 appropriated funding level. The Coastal Resilience Grants Program will support efforts to prepare coastal communities and ecosystems to withstand the impacts of extreme weather and climate-related hazards and make our Nation safer and economy more secure.

The Federal Funding Opportunity will be accessible through, with applications due on March 15, 2017.  Eligible funding applicants include nonprofit organizations, private (for profit) entities, institutions of higher education, regional organizations, and local, state, and tribal governments.  Each proposal may request between $100,000 to $2 million in federal funds. 

For more information on the upcoming application, please follow the link below!



Pre-Application Trainings

Join Administration for Native Americans at one of their upcoming 2017 Pre-Application Trainings. Learn how to assemble a funding application for your well-designed community project that fits ANA’s funding announcement and other specific requirements.

 San Diego, CA
Feb. 22-23, 2017
Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside
Book a room (Cut-off date for group rate: Feb. 8) 
Seattle, WA
March 2-3, 2017
Albuquerque Marriott
DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport
Book a room (Cut-off date for group rate: Feb. 10)
Albuquerque, NM
Feb. 28-March 1, 2017
Albuquerque Marriott
Book a room (Cut-off date for group rate: Feb. 7) 

At these trainings, we’ll teach you how to navigate the federal application process, including:

•    Understanding the ANA Funding Opportunity Announcement Evaluation Criteria
•    Registering and applying on
•    Formatting, packaging, and submitting a funding application to ANA
Trainings are free to potential ANA grantees, but attendees are responsible for travel costs, including airfare, lodging, and meals. 

Stay up-to-date, and find further details at
Questions? Contact us at (888) 788-8466 or email



Does Your Organization Need Loan Capital?

Are you a Native CDFI, Native nonprofit, or tribe that needs extra capital for lending to Native farmers, ranchers, or fishers? Check out our new Native Fresh Foods Fund loan product. Oweesta considers loan applications on a rolling basis. Application requirements include current and historical financial statements, portfolio reports, loan policies, current and historical financial statements, and a comprehensive business plan or comparable information. If you are interested in finding out more about our loan program, please visit or contact Emily Trump, Lending and Compliance Manager, at

Job Opportunities

First Nations Oweesta Corporation is seeking to fill our open Chief Financial Officer position. To view the full job description, please visit the link below. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to

Spirit of the Sun is seeking 5 qualified VISTA members to build the capacity of the California Indian Manpower Consortium in California, Elder Services with Quinault in Washington, Four Winds American Indian Council in Colorado, One Nation Walking Together in Colorado, and Oneida Housing Authority Community Engagement in Wisconsin! Successful VISTA applicants will work closely with these organizations to develop new and existing programs and resources to further their mission. For application information, please follow the link below!


The Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute is searching for the next member of our energetic, mission-driven team. 

We have an immediate opening for a Program Associate who will manage the policy, research, and advocacy areas of our work. They will analyze the impact of current and proposed policies on Native American youth, and foster strategic relationships with stakeholders such as legislative staff, agency personnel and tribal leaders. Our new team member will also connect with Native youth directly, in tribal and urban Indian communities across the country as part of our regular youth outreach and engagement work.

Ready to put your passion and skills to work for Native youth? Know someone who can? Click here below to apply.

If you have a job opportunity available at your organization, share it with the industry by emailing our Communications Manager,

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