Native American philanthropic group recognizes Casey

Native Americans in Philanthropy selected Casey Family Programs to receive its “Member of the Year Award” at a celebration dinner on April 3 in Catoosa, Okla.

In a press release announcing the event, Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) noted that Casey offers technical assistance, resources and other services for tribes, tribal child welfare systems, and urban organizations in Alaska, California, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Washington.

Casey has worked in partnership with NAP for over a decade. The foundation has been a NAP member since 2005, and together, Casey and NAP have ensured Native voices and concerns are included when philanthropic leaders gather to make strategic and grant-making investments.

Casey Executive Vice President Marva Hammons accepted the award on behalf of Casey and spoke at the ceremony.

“From the halls of Congress to Native American communities across the country, Casey is there, committed to provide advice and technical training in child welfare services, with an emphasis on cultural relevance and community ownership,” said Hammons.

“While the challenges seem daunting, we are constantly inspired by our partners,” she added. “We believe in the power of hope to change lives, to change communities, and to break the inertia of injustice that continues to be felt this day.”

NAP’s mission is to advance philanthropic practices grounded in Native values and traditions, engaging philanthropies to focus on sustainable Native communities, instilling Native philanthropic values into contemporary practice, and empowering Native philanthropic leadership to be effective practitioners.