The Chamiza Foundation...


A private family foundation dedicated to providing support to
New Mexico’s Pueblo Indian Tribes to help insure the
sustainability of Pueblo culture.  

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The Chamiza Foundation was established in 1989 by Gifford and Joann Phillips.  Today, the foundation continues to serve New Mexico’s nineteen Pueblo Indian communities by providing support for programs in education, language preservation, youth empowerment, traditional arts and crafts, traditional farming and intercultural exchange.

For the past 25 years, the Chamiza Foundation has been committed to a grassroots approach to grant making that enhances the efforts of Pueblo communities to sustain their culture, traditions and core values.   Pueblo grantees and nine Pueblo members of the Chamiza Board of Directors are engaged as equal partners and shareowners in the work of the foundation and play a major role in grant making decisions.

 Chamiza’s approach to grant making has evolved to be less about what gets funded or how much is granted and more about how people on both sides of the grant making equation, the grantor and the grantee, combine a modest amount of money with a maximum degree of collaboration to get something done for the benefit of Pueblo people and communities.  By focusing on relationship and outreach, the foundation board and staff continue to provide grant resources and assistance in a manner that strengthens capacity and empowers people to act, “to do the work themselves" according to their core values for the benefit of their communities.

Foundation board, staff and grantees, agree that sharing the core value of respect has been the key to building and sustaining collaboration and enduring relationships.  Relationships and trust have deepened and evolved over 25 years which has allowed the foundation to more keenly understand the “real” issues in Pueblo communities.  As a result, grantees point to improved relationships and inter-connections within their communities as well as better bridges with the outside community.

 

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