Hopi Nonprofit Partnership

“Living a tradition of giving”

Through the value of Sumi'nangwa

Coming together for the benefit of all

In 2013, The Hopi Foundation sought partnerships with local Hopi nonprofits to encourage their participation in the second annual Arizona Gives Day. 2014 partnership included the following nonprofits in our community:

The Hopi Foundation, Inc. –The Hopi Foundation’s mission exemplifies the Hopi teaching of itam naapyani or "doing the work ourselves". Established by local Hopis to promote self-sufficiency, proactive community participation in our own destiny, the Foundation has served the Hopi community since 1987 through the development of micro-enterprises and community-based projects that work to strengthen Hopi culture and Hopi values. The Foundation hosts a number of local projects and initiatives including KUYI Hopi Radio, HOPI Substance Abuse Prevention Center, Natwani Coalition, Owl and Panther Project, and the Hopi Leadership Program.

The Hopi School, Inc. – Also known as Hopitutukaiki, through its summer apprenticeship program, has developed an inter-disciplinary curriculum that encourages a culturally based, more holistic educational process both in the arts and sciences. The school’s long-term goal includes developing both and accredited elementary and secondary school with curricula that are rooted in Hopi philosophy and teachings.

Moenkopi Senior Center, Inc. – The mission of the Moenkopi Senior Center is to improve the quality of life for elders by offering recreational, educational, social activities and by providing support services for all Hopi Elders of Moenkopi Village (Upper and Lower) and the Hopi Reservation, including those with physical impairments. The purpose of the Moenkopi Senior Center is to provide direct services that are vital to elders’ in maintaining their independence, and living healthier, longer, fulfilled lives.

KiiNatWanLalwa The Hopi KiiNatWanLalwa (KNWL) is a Hopi-based nonprofit group dedicated to expanding the mission of Red Feather Development Group into the Hopi communities.  Red Feather Development Group was established in 1995 as a 501(c)3 organization in the State of Montana and recently incorporated in the State of Arizona. Red Feather believes that safe, healthy homes are the foundation for healthy families and communities. Their mission is to partner with American Indian nations to develop and implement sustainable solutions to the housing needs within their communities. They achieve this by building and improving homes with sustainable materials, providing green construction training and employment opportunities, and conducting community outreach and education on sustainable building practices, energy-efficiency, and healthy housing. Red Feather Development Group serves as KNWL's fiscal sponsor.

Hopi Education Endowment Fund - The Hopi Education Endowment Fund's mission is to cultivate and nurture the future of the Hopi people through education by growing and safeguarding a perpetual source of funding (endowment).
The Nakwatsvewat Institute - The Nakwatsvewat Institute  (TNI) was established to work with Native communities to develop and enhance their governance, justice and educational institutions. TNI is managed and advised by a diverse group of Native American community leaders, educators, advocates, attorneys, judges and academics.  TNI services include community-driven research, technical assistance, training, academic courses, publications, and direct services.
Hopi Legal Services - Hopi Legal Services is a branch of the DNA People's Legal Services, a nonprofit legal aid organization working to protect civil rights, promote tribal sovereignty and alleviate civil legal problems for people who live in poverty in the Southwestern United States. Since 1967, DNA has provided free legal aid in remote portions of three states and seven Native American nations, helping thousands of low income people annually to achieve long lasting economic stability by providing access to tribal, state and federal justice systems.

Goals of the Hopi Nonprofit Partnership


  • To engage at least 5 local nonprofit partners for this first statewide campaign.
  • To raise a goal of $50,000 for the local nonprofit community in this first-ever statewide campaign.


For the Local Nonprofit Sector

  • To educate the public about the unique services that our nonprofit sector provides to the Hopi communities.
  • To raise support for the Hopi nonprofit community from donors locally and state-wide.
  • To provide nonprofits a new experience with online giving as a way to strengthen their sustainability.


For Leveraging State & Regional Partnerships

  • To leverage existing and new corporate partnerships / sponsorships for the Hopi nonprofit community.
  • To acquire a goal of at least $15,000 of matching sponsorships from regional corporate and business partners.
  • To engage local nonprofits to vie for up to $20,000 awards and prizes through the Arizona Gives Campaign.