Oct 23, 2023

Four years ago, the Indigenous Women’s Flow Fund (IWFF) was created to move resources to Indigenous communities across the U.S. The program convenes five Indigenous women to be decision-makers over grantmaking dollars and shape the contours of our program. This unique sisterhood—made up of artists, seed savers, poets, organizers, mothers, daughters, grandmothers—flowed $1,815,000 to 78 Indigenous groups and individuals between 2020 and 2023. Simultaneously, a special group of trusting, core IWFF donors are undergoing a shared learning process in their own learning community. Now, we proudly invite you to become inspired by our Storytelling Report, which reflects on what the IWFF ecosystem has learned in our first four years together, and honors the grantees who have been nourished from this special initiative.

Like IWFF itself, this report is a result of careful collaboration that prioritizes shared responsibility and self-determination. The relationships that have developed—within and between the grantees, donors, flow funders, and Kindle team circles—continue to have overlapping ripple effects far more impactful than grant dollars alone.

But no matter how honest and open-hearted, a static report cannot tell the whole story. To paint a more vibrant picture, we held a live webinar on November 1 to hear stories from the ecosystem. For anyone who missed it, click here to watch the recording.

We invite you to support our work! We are currently raising $2.2 million to sustain IWFF through 2026. Every new dollar raised will be redistributed directly to Indigenous communities. Please join us in spreading the word by sharing our Storytelling report with your networks and by becoming a donor. If you have questions or ideas, please be in touch.

Kindle Project is administered by the Amalgamated Foundation, an independent nonprofit public charity. In addition to administering Combined Impact Funds like Kindle Project, the Foundation also offers Advance Change Funds, donor advised funds uniquely committed to social change. Reflecting their shared commitment to positive social change, Amalgamated Foundation receives charitable contributions from and maintains service agreements with Amalgamated Bank but is not a program or activity of Amalgamated Bank. For more information go to amalgamatedfoundation.org

Variance power:

All gifts and grants to projects are subject to the Amalgamated Foundation’s authority to vary the terms of the gift. As stated in Article III, Section 1 (B) (4) of the Bylaws, the Foundation adheres to Treasury Regulation 1.170A-9(e)(11)(v)(B)(1), commonly known as Variance Power. This allows the Foundation to “modify any restriction or condition on the distribution of funds for any specified charitable purposes or to specified charitable purposes or to specified agencies if, in the sole judgment of the governing body (without the necessity of the approval of any participating trustee, custodian, or agent), such restriction or condition becomes, in effect, unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment, or inconsistent with the charitable needs of the community or area served.”