American Indian College Fund - Annual Report - 2021-2022 - The Circle Continues

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Our Mission

The American Indian College Fund invests in Native students and tribal college education to transform lives and communities.

1 Table of Contents How Your Donations Are Used: Fulfilling Our Mission 2 Message from the President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 How We Help Native Scholars 4 – 5 Where Our Students Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 – 7 Our Programs and Scholars: The Circles of Success . . 8 – 13 This Is Indian Country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 – 15 In Memoriam: David Kennedy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 – 17 Leadership 18 Bequests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 American Indian College Fund Supporters . . . . . . 20 – 23 Audited Financial Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

How Your Donations Are Used: Fulfilling Our Mission

Our Commitment to You:

For 33 years, the American Indian College Fund has been committed to transparency and accountability while serving our students, tribal colleges, universities, and communities. We consistently receive top ratings from independent charity evaluators.

• We earned the Best in America Seal of Excellence from the Independent Charities of America. Of the one million charities operating in the United States, fewer than 2,000 organizations have been awarded this seal.

• The College Fund meets the Standards for Charity Accountability of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.

• The College Fund received a Gold Seal of Transparency from Guidestar.

• The College Fund consistently receives high ratings from Charity Navigator.

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74% Expenditures that are Scholarships, Programs, and Public Education

22% Expenditures that are Fundraising

4% Expenditures that are General Administration

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Message from the President

Amove towards national acknowledgment and equity for Native people has been underway these past few years, putting Indian Country in the headlines more than ever. This is long overdue. For more than 500 years Native people have been ignored, rewritten, or deleted entirely from history. Stories about tuition waivers for Native students attending state higher education institutions; the implications of undercounting Native people in the U.S. Census; rectifying reporting procedures for murdered and missing Indigenous people; the U.S. Department of Interior’s investigation into Native children’s deaths in Indian boarding schools; and the political question about tribal sovereignty in Indian Country were in the headlines.

What does the term Indian Country mean? And why is it so important?

Simply put, Indian Country is both the land that is the United States (and indeed, all of the Americas). Indian Country is also a legal term describing tribal lands held in trust by the federal government for Native people who were and still are here.

Indian Tribes, bands, or other organized groups or communities, as well as Alaska Native villages, asserted their status as sovereign nations by negotiating treaties to exchange land with the federal government to access funding, goods, and services, and the education of our children. What we did not cede was our identities as sovereign Indigenous Nations: the right to uphold our beliefs, our traditions, our languages, our cultural practices, our connection to the land, and even the right to raise our children in our communities.

Although the history of treaty-making is fraught with duress, manipulation, and lies (running counter to the notion of good faith and fairness implicit in legal contracts), the treaties we signed as sovereign Nations with the federal government established trust relationships between the U.S. and Tribes. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, situated in the U.S. Department of Interior, upholds this trust relationship.

Tribal Nations remain sovereign to this day. It may be helpful to think of Tribal Nations in the United States as similar to member European countries in the European Union (E.U.). Citizens of Germany are subject to German laws and to the laws of the E.U., just as Tribal citizens are subject to Tribal laws and the laws of the United States. Each Tribal Nation has its own elected leaders, governments, and systems that continue to uphold tribal self-determination and self-governance.

Since the days of treaty-making, there have been deliberate attempts through federal legislation, policies, and social practices—such as boarding schools and child removal through the welfare system—that focused on breaking up the traditional, familial, and spiritual practices that are the foundation of our Tribal identities. The goal was assimilation and removal of Native peoples to take to our land. These efforts thankfully failed, but today they are underway again. The U.S. Supreme Court has already curtailed our status as sovereign nations this year in a case allowing states to prosecute non-tribal members committing crimes on sovereign Indian lands, and a pending case concerning tribal rights over its tribal members in adoption cases has Indigenous people deeply concerned about the future of sovereignty.

TCUs foster tribal identities and ways of living that reflect tribal selfdetermination. These institutions of higher learning are instruments of tribal sovereignty, having been chartered by Native Nations, and are a great source of healing and hope for more prosperous and healthier individuals and families in our communities. Since the establishment of tribal colleges and universities began during the Civil Rights Era, TCUs have reflected the values of the American Indian and Alaska Nations they serve. These remarkable institutions work to revitalize Indigenous languages, family systems, land, and natural resources—all important and fundamental to Native Nations’ sovereign status.

Now more than ever, your support—as allies, contributors, and advocates—is so important to our students, our TCUs, and our communities. We invite you to continue with us as we work to elevate the visibility of our histories, contributions, and existence as sovereign Nations.

Together, we can ensure a life of abundant opportunities for ourselves and for future generations of Indigenous people, while adding to the richness of this country—which is Indian Country.

Education is the Answer

Our Impact Since 1989

Total number of scholarships awarded since 1989: 153,890

Total number of students served since 1989: 128,700

Total dollar amount of scholarships awarded since 1989: $148,528,000


Total dollar amount of direct student support other than scholarships awarded since 1989: $9,974,000


Total dollar amount of all student support provided since 1989: $158,502,000

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Total dollar amount of all student support awarded in 2021-22: $14,045,000

Our Impact 2021-22

The American Indian College Fund has 258 unique scholarship programs


Total number of students served in 2021-22:

3,213 Total dollar amount of scholarships awarded in 2021-22: $13,125,000

Total dollar amount of direct student support other than scholarships awarded in 2021-22: $920,000

Number of first-generation scholars served in 2021-22:

1,892 or 58.9% of students

Top Five Majors of Our Scholars

Business Administration

Liberal Arts

General Studies

Early Childhood Education

American Indian/Native American Studies

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Where Our Students Study

Tribal Colleges and Universities

In 2021-22, scholarship recipients attended tribal colleges and universities on 35 main campuses and 52 satellite campuses.


1 Iḷisaġvik College, Barrow*


2 Diné College, Tsaile*

2a Chinle

2b Crownpoint, New Mexico

2c Shiprock, New Mexico

2d Tuba City

2e Window Rock

3 Tohono O’odham Community College, Sells

3a Milepost 115.5, Sells

3b Milepost 125.5, Sells

3c Phoenix

3d San Carlos


4 Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence*


5 Bay Mills Community College, Brimley*

5a Petoskey

5b Sault Ste. Marie

6 Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, Baraga

6a L’Anse

7 Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Mount Pleasant


8 Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Cloquet

9 Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake

10 Red Lake Nation College, Red Lake

11 White Earth Tribal and Community College, Mahnomen


12 Aaniiih Nakoda College, Harlem*

13 Blackfeet Community College, Browning*

14 Chief Dull Knife College, Lame Deer

15 Fort Peck Community College, Poplar

15a Wolf Point

16 Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency

17 Salish Kootenai College, Pablo**

17a Anchorage, Alaska

17b Wellpinit, Washington

18 Stone Child College, Box Elder*


19 Little Priest Tribal College, Winnebago

20 Nebraska Indian Community College, Macy

20a Pawnee, Oklahoma

20b Santee

20c South Sioux City

New Mexico

21 Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe**

22 Navajo Technical University, Crownpoint**

22a Chinle, Arizona

22b Kirtland, New Mexico

22c Teec Nos Pos, Arizona

22d Zuni, Arizona

North Dakota

24 Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Ft. Totten

25 Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, New Town*

25a Mandaree

25b Parshall

25c Twin Buttes

25d White Shield

26 Sitting Bull College, Ft. Yates**

26a McLaughlin, South Dakota

26b Mobridge, South Dakota

27 Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt*

28 United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck*


South Dakota

30 Oglala Lakota College, Kyle**

30a Allen

30b Batesland

30c Eagle Butte

30d Manderson

30e Martin

30f Oglala

30g Pine Ridge

30h Porcupine

30i Rapid City

30j Wanblee

31 Sinte Gleska, Antelope**

31a Lower Brule

31b Marty

32 Sisseton Wahpeton College, Sisseton


TCU Satellite Campuses

Our scholars attended TCUs and mainstream colleges and universities in these states.


33 Northwest Indian College, Bellingham*

33a Auburn

33b Kingston

33c La Conner

33d Olympia

33e Tulalip

33f Lapwai, Idaho


34 College of Menominee Nation, Keshena*

34a Green Bay

35 Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College, Hawyward**

35a Hertel

35b Lac du Flambeau

23 Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque *

29 College of the Muscogee Nation, Okmulgee

35c Odanah

35d Washburn

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TCUs offering bachelor’s degrees.
TCUs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. All TCUs listed offer certificate and associate degrees.

Sacramento City College

Sacramento State University

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego State University

San Francisco State University

San Joaquin Delta College

Santa Rosa Junior College

Sonoma State University

Stanford University

University of California - Berkeley

University of California - Irvine

University of California - Los Angeles

University of California - Merced

University of California - San Diego

University of California - Santa Cruz

University of Redlands

University of Southern California

West Hills College-Lemoore

William Jessup University


Colorado Mesa University

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado State University - Ft. Collins

Fort Lewis College

Regis University

University of Colorado - Denver| Anschutz Medical Campus


Quinnipiac University

Yale University


Keiser University - Naples


University of Georgia


University of Hawaii - Hilo


The College of Idaho

University of Idaho


Northwestern University - Chicago


Purdue University Global


Fort Hays State University

University of Kansas

University of Kansas Medical Center


Centenary College of Louisiana

St. Catherine University

University of Minnesota - Duluth

University of Minnesota - Morris

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


Missouri University of Science and Technology

University of Missouri - Kansas City


Montana State University - Billings

Montana State University - Bozeman

Montana State University - Northern

Rocky Mountain College

University of Montana - Missoula

University of Montana - Western

University of Providence


Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing and Allied Health

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Wayne State College


College of Southern Nevada -

Charleston Campus

Great Basin College

Truckee Meadows Community College

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

University of Nevada - Reno

Western Nevada College

New Hampshire

Dartmouth College

Plymouth State University

New Mexico

Central New Mexico Community College

New Mexico Highlands University

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

New Mexico State University - Las Cruces

Northern New Mexico College

San Juan College

Southwestern College

University of New Mexico - Albuquerque

University of New Mexico-Gallup

Western New Mexico University

New York

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Long Island University

North Carolina

North Carolina State University

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Traditional Colleges and Universities

In 2021-2022, scholarship recipients attended 217 different mainstream institutions in 42 states.


University of Alabama - Birmingham


University of Alaska - Fairbanks


A.T. Still University

Arizona State University

Grand Canyon University

Indian Bible College

Mesa Community College

Northern Arizona University

Pima Medical Institute

University of Arizona


University of Arkansas - Fayetteville


Butte College

California State University - Fresno

California State University - Fullerton

California State University - Long Beach

California State University - Los Angeles

California State University - San Marcos

California State University- Sacramento

California State University, Chico

Cerro Coso Community College

College of the Redwoods

El Camino College

Humboldt State University

Los Angeles Mission College

Mendocino College

Northcentral University

Orange Coast College

Otis College of Art and Design

Palomar Community College

Point Loma Nazarene University

Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge

Louisiana State University School of Medicine

Loyola University-New Orleans

Tulane University

University of Louisiana - Lafayette


Bowdoin College

Massachusetts Dean College

Harvard Law School

Wellesley College


Central Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Lake Superior State University

Michigan State University

Northern Michigan University

Oakland University

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor


Bemidji State University

Bethel University

College of St. Scholastica

Minnesota State University - Mankato

Minnesota State University - Moorhead

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

North Dakota

Bismarck State College

Dakota College at Bottineau

Mayville State University

Minot State University

North Dakota State University

University of Mary

University of North Dakota

Valley City State University

Williston State College


Franklin University

University of Akron


Cameron University

East Central University

Indian Capital Technology Center -


Northeastern State University

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City

Oklahoma State University - Okmulgee

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater

Oklahoma State University Tulsa

Rose State College

Seminole State College

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Tulsa Community College

University of Central Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

University of Tulsa


Oregon Health and Science University

Oregon Institute of Technology

Oregon State University

Pacific University

Portland State University

Southern Oregon University

Southwestern Oregon Community College

Umpqua Community College

University of Oregon

Warner Pacific University

Willamette University


Drexel University

Rhode Island

Johnson & Wales University - Providence

South Carolina

Clemson University

South Dakota

Black Hills State University

Dakota State University

Presentation College

South Dakota State University

University of Sioux Falls

University of South Dakota


Middle Tennessee State University

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Vanderbilt University


Colorado State University - Global

Rice University

Tarrant County College

Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Texas A&M University - College Station

Texas Christian University

Texas Tech University

Tyler Junior College

University of Houston

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

University of North Texas

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas of the Permian Basin


Brigham Young University-Provo

Dixie State University

University of Utah

Western Governors University


Hollins University


Central Washington University

Gonzaga University

Spokane Community College

University of Washington - Seattle

Utah State University

Walla Walla University

Washington State University - Pullman

Washington State University - Spokane

Western Washington University

Yakima Valley Community College

West Virginia

Marshall University


Lakeland University

Saint Norbert College

University of Wisconsin - Madison

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

University of Wisconsin - Stout

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Our Programs and Scholars: The

Circles of Success

The Importance of Teachers

Studies show that young students who have a teacher from a shared racial, ethnic, or cultural background are more likely to believe they can succeed in the classroom and in professional careers.

For Native students, whose cultures, languages, and histories are often excluded from curricula, having a Native teacher is critical. Native teachers incorporate Native identity into lessons, including books, articles, and research by Native authors, and into projects that incorporate Native research and perspectives. Today less than one percent of teachers in the United States are American Indian/Alaska Native, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The problem is compounded by a lack of Native teachers serving in K-12 classrooms in rural areas and reservation-

based schools. Native teachers serve as role models, and the American Indian College Fund is working to develop a strong generation of Native teachers to nurture the talents and futures of Native children.

The College Fund’s approach to increasing the number of Native teachers in the classroom—from early childhood education to high school—is multipronged. It provides scholarships to individual students who are majoring in the education field and also funds teacher education programs at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs).

Participating TCUs: Ihduwiyayapi Advancing Indigenous Early Childhood Education

Blackfeet Community College

Browning, Montana

College of Menominee Nation

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Diné College

Tsaile, Arizona

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Cloquet, Minnesota

Lac Courte Oreilles

Ojibwe College

Hayward, Wisconsin

Little Priest Tribal College

Winnebago, Nebraska

Navajo Technical University

Crownpoint, New Mexico

Northwest Indian College

Bellingham, Washington

Sitting Bull College

Ft. Yates, North Dakota

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Stone Child College

Box Elder, Montana.

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Ihduwiyayapi Advancing Indigenous Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education promotes access to higher education by creating a foundation of success for students, leading to increased high school persistence, completion, and career readiness.

The College Fund launched its Ihduwiyayapi Advancing Indigenous Early Childhood Education (IECE) program to support Indigenous Early Childhood Education (IECE) programs at TCUs with the goal of building IECE capacity through teacher professional development.

Ihduwiyayapi is the Dakota translation for “they are getting ready.” Educators are preparing their institutions and programs to create an educational foundation for Native children starting in the early childhood years.

The IECE program is not the College Fund’s first foray into early childhood education. It builds upon the College Fund’s success since 2011 with creating innovative and culturally tailored early childhood programs which served more than 5,000 children, 3,900 families, and 2,700 teachers at TCUs across Indian Country. The IECE program is creating a community of practice, mentorship, and program development using Indigenous pedagogy, parent and family empowerment, and program alignment and articulation—all centered on Native values and education approaches while understanding education is critical to developing Native leaders.

Grants totaling $6.25 million funded the program from the Bezos Family Foundation ($5.3 million), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation ($600,000), the Heising-Simons Foundation ($350,000), and American Family Insurance ($30,000).

Launched with an inaugural cohort of six TCUs in 2021, today the program serves 11 TCUs that are working to create and enhance degree programs, support internship practicums, and increase their ability to support student recruitment, transfers, retention, and college completion.

These TCUs in turn empower parents and families to advocate for their children and themselves. TCUs also use storytelling to engage diverse audiences and connect their institutions to Native, community-based education expertise, while inspiring the next generation of Native educators. The program also established a community of practice for early childhood educators which is rooted in community knowledge to create and strengthen TCUs’ early childhood education pathways.

Wounspekiya Unspewicakiyapi Native Teacher Education Program Supports Native K-12 Teacher Recruitment, Development, and Retention

Wounspekiya Unspewicakiyapi, which translates to “teaching teachers,” is the American Indian College Fund’s new, two-and-a-half year, $2.25 million Native Teacher Education Program, funded by a grant from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. The program goal is to work with selected TCUs to remove obstacles to students completing teacher education programs while providing them with the support to succeed during their college and education careers.

Program graduates will serve as teachers, community advocates, role models, and culture-keepers in their communities, while prioritizing a Native world view with their students.

The College Fund is working with TCUs to examine obstacles to completing teacher education programs and to provide support to build upon and amplify successful practices identified by the TCUs to increase student success.

Native students often do not pursue a teaching career due to poor perceptions about the profession, along with other systemic issues, such as lack of access to and awareness of postsecondary education pathways; the need for financial assistance for college; college readiness; career guidance; TCUs’ limited capacity to develop the next generation of teachers; and a lack of student teaching and college transfer opportunities to four-year degree and teaching certificate programs.

This project supports students interested in education careers, from college recruitment to students’ first and second academic years and on to teacher education programs, state certification, and employment.

The College Fund is working with TCUs to examine obstacles to completing teacher education programs and to provide support to build upon and amplify successful practices identified by the TCUs to increase student success.

TCUs with existing teacher education programs will participate in the project in the first program year. TCUs with emerging teacher education programs will receive small innovation grants in the second program year, with funding based on the established capacity of their teacher education programs.

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The support of teachers, counselors, role models, and mentors helps students succeed on their path to college. Yet too often for Native students, that network of support is lacking.

Chandra (Hoopa Valley Tribal member/Hopi and Yurok), a College Fund scholar, student ambassador, and graduate of Northwest Indian College says, “We hear a lot of the time, ‘Go to school, get your education, come back to the reservation and make a difference.’” For Chandra, the message was clear, but the information and support about how to find scholarships, apply for housing, and manage finances was missing when she was in high school.

“Having the support for learning about some of those scenarios, especially scholarships, would have helped me be more successful when I was younger,” she says.

High School Programs

College Fund Programs and Student Ambassadors Are Vital to High School Students’ Journey to College

That is where the American Indian College Fund comes into play. In addition to scholarships, the College Fund offers programs to provide that information and support—and works with student ambassadors like Chandra to promote them.

As it set out to offer students direct support through coaching, the College Fund’s High School College Choice program worked with Higher Pathways partners, which are reservation-based, Bureau of Indian Education, and near-reservation high schools. Students who participated in the program attended College Fund virtual events; worked on submitting FAFSA, scholarship and college applications; and worked with College Fund College Readiness coaches. Students also received text reminders and messages of encouragement as they continued their education journey. The program reached approximately 400 students from 55 partner schools.

This was a great start, but the College Fund wanted to help even more students across Indian Country. To do so, it shifted the program focus to support partner schools rather than individual students. The strategy worked. In 2021 the program supported approximately 4,000 students—a tenfold increase in the number of students like Chandra who are now on their way to achieving their dreams.

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Because so many Native students are living in remote, rural areas—and many are not in the communities served by the High School College Choice program—the College Fund also reimagined its Native Pathways Summer of Success Conference. Launched as an in-person, two-day event reaching 30 high school students in 2019, the conference was converted to a virtual conference during the pandemic, reaching 150 students. Seeing the potential to reach more students with a virtual event, the 2021 and 2022 conferences continued online. Student sessions are culturally appropriate and include wellness and cultural identity, scholarship opportunities, how to write a college essay, financial literacy and completing the FAFSFA application, test-taking strategies, careers and majors, TCU information sessions, transitioning from high school to college, and more. Enrollment for the conference was nearly 500 in 2022, nearly 17 times the number of students reached.

The College Fund’s Student Ambassador Program is also vital to student outreach. Student ambassadors serve as role models for Native students through peer mentoring workshops and sessions at local high schools. Seeing other Natives who have successfully navigated to college, graduated, and entered careers gives up-and-coming Native students confidence—and the guidance—they need to achieve their own goals

College Fund Student Ambassadors like Chandra work with students in their communities, providing information on how to apply for College Fund scholarships and support programs. She says she is particularly keen to help students who are in danger of “falling through the cracks.”

Chandra says, “You never know who you are inspiring just by doing what you need to do. And especially when you can come back to your reservation and teach people… ‘Hey, this is what worked for me. And this is what I did, and these are the scholarships I got. This is what you should apply for.’ I think that is huge.”

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“ You never know who you are inspiring just by doing what you need to do. And especially when you can come back to your reservation and teach people…” – Chandra

Nylana Reaches for the Stars

With her eyes on the sky as she reaches for an aerospace career, Nylana (Navajo Nation) has worked as a NASA student intern in various capacities since 2019.

Working at NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston for three months in 2019, Nylana served in the JSC’s Crew and Thermal Systems Division to audit hardware and components that support aerospace life support systems, including the Portable Life Support System. This system helps create a livable atmosphere inside spacesuits, and allows astronauts to make lunar and space excursions.

During that first internship, Nylana celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission. A highlight was meeting astronaut Suni Williams, the ninth woman to walk in space. She also met Aaron Yazzie, a mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Seth Begay, a NASA computer engineer, both from the Navajo Nation. She credits Yazzie and Begay with motivating her further, while her internships helped her build a foundation for success in the aerospace industry.

In 2021 Nylana headed to the space agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Hunstville, Alabama for 15 months, where she worked as an intern in its additive manufacturing research lab. She was invited back to MSFC for a fall 2022 internship, where she is working closely with larger scaled Direct Energy Deposition (DED) metal printing. She says her objective is to learn more of NASA’s additive manufacturing techniques to apply back at Navajo Technical University on her home reservation, where she is studying mechanical engineering with a concentration in additive manufacturing. Her long-term goal is a career in high-concentration aerospace additive manufacturing, which allows for stronger and more efficient components, faster lead times, and lighter weight parts critical for aerospace.

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Student Profile

While hands-on technical experience working on a NASA team are invaluable to her career aspirations, Nylana is also grounded in her education, community, and culture. She has held student leadership positions at NTU and serves as an American Indian College Fund student ambassador.

Nylana’s passion for aerospace and her love for technology, engineering, and the Native community have not gone unnoticed by the media. She has been interviewed about her dream to serve on a team at NASA or Space X and her desire to show Native students that there is a world of opportunity waiting for them.

Using her platform as a College Fund Student Ambassador and scholar to share her experiences with other Native students, Nylana demonstrates how scholarships, a college education, and internships connect to serve

as the rocket fuel that makes dreams a reality. Nylana is particularly keen to encourage students to pursue studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, where Native people are often underrepresented.

She credits the American Indian College Fund TCU and Full Circle Scholarships for lightening her financial burden, allowing her to focus her energy on learning.

“Your generosity inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me,” Nylana says.

“ Your generosity inspired me to help others and give back to the community.
I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”

College Fund Launches Campaign to Increase Visibility of Indigenous People

Native American people, cultures, and perspectives are still not seen or heard by most Americans. To increase awareness of, and conversations with, Indigenous people about issues impacting Native communities, the American Indian College Fund launched its “This Is Indian Country” Campaign. The campaign, which includes several PSAs, is a collaboration with long-time advertising partner Wieden+Kennedy.

Indigenous histories have been largely ignored, rewritten, or deleted entirely from history for 400 years. “This Is Indian Country” works to educate and engage people in the acknowledgement and recognition of Indigenous people nationwide, sharing our nation’s truthful history.

Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, said, “For the narrative of American history to be inclusive and for Indigenous people to have equity in all areas of American life, our neighbors must know that we are here and acknowledge that there is work to be done to build a better and more equal society. The ‘This Is Indian Country’ campaign is intended to be an entry point for all people to build greater understanding across the United States. Through this entry point, all people can learn about the rich, diverse cultures of the original people

of what is now the United States, and all people can take action to create a more just society. We can be united in our quest for abundance in our lives for ourselves and for future generations. We believe in education, both for the knowledge that education provides and for the opportunity it presents. We invite all learners to join us in this quest.”

The campaign soft-launched in October 2021 with a full-page public service announcement in The New York Times print edition on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The full campaign, including television ads, a series of films, social media, print, and out-of-home public service announcements and a website debuted for Native American Heritage Month in November.

The campaign also includes several videos that reclaim the term “Indian Country,” an official legal term noted in numerous Supreme Court opinions and referenced of federal law, including treaties, policies, and laws that ordered Indigenous assimilation and erasure. Yet, more than a legal phrase, Indian Country is the phrase Native people use on reservations and in the stories Native people tell. This term may have been used against Native people, but it has been reclaimed and the PSA campaign seeks to continue that reclamation to continue to build community and empower Indigenous people.

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This is Indian Country

Over the decades working with the College Fund, Wieden+Kennedy has leveraged its relationships with its media partners and legendary artists to produce sophisticated, cutting-edge advertising on a pro-bono budget, and “This Is Indian Country” was no different. Joe Pytka, who has played a pivotal role in the College Fund’s advertising campaigns for several decades, was tapped to serve as the television and film director for “This is Indian Country.” In addition, the campaign’s film “Democracy, Indian Country” was co-directed by Indigenous filmmaker Robin Máxkii (Mohican), a Wieden+Kennedy copywriter who is a former College Fund scholar, tribal college graduate, and College Fund student ambassador.

Individuals and organizations can support the movement for Indigenous recognition, representation, and equity by using resources and materials available at The site includes student stories, suggested ways to support the College Fund through donations and events, resources for creating land acknowledgements, and downloadable materials.

In 2022, the campaign has continued to build upon the success of the launch to feature a specific call to action to recognize, include, acknowledge, and celebrate Indigenous People every day of the year with the digital campaign #IndigenousEveryDay.

Media outlets and organizations interested in running the print and video public service announcements can contact the American Indian College Fund at 303-426-8900 or

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David Kennedy Devoted Decades to College Fund

David Kennedy loved to tell the story of how the American Indian College Fund became a Wieden+Kennedy client. Each time he told it, his eyes lit up as if he were experiencing it for the first time.

As Kennedy recalled, “It all began on December 19, 1990. I received a letter from Barbara Bratone, the executive director of the American Indian College Fund at the time, who was wondering if Wieden+Kennedy would be interested in taking on the College Fund as a pro bono client. I ran screaming down the hall to [Dan] Wieden’s office, waving the paper, and saying, ‘Look at this!’ We met with the College Fund that spring and we’ve been doing their advertising ever since.”

Kennedy was an art director when he co-founded Wieden+Kennedy in 1982 with his copywriting partner Dan Wieden. They quit their thencurrent advertising jobs at William Cain, took a small shoe company named Nike with them as a client, and the rest is history. Together they created some of the most iconic and culturally relevant work in advertising, including Nike’s tagline “Just Do It.”

Fast-forward to today, 40 years later, and Wieden+Kennedy has expanded to eight global offices and remains a creatively led, independent advertising agency where “people come to do the best work of their lives.”

Kennedy retired in 1993, three years after the partnership with the College Fund began. But that did not stop him from coming into the office almost every day and dedicating himself to the College Fund’s work as a creative director.

He was a thoughtful, compassionate, and humble leader. An incredible illustrator, letterer, and craftsman, Kennedy would spend his time in the agency’s design studio with his ruler and X-ACTO® blade, piecing together a layout or sketching an idea. He always wore the same ensemble: Levi’s® jeans, a black T-shirt, and suede cowboy boots. He was a worker.

As the late Dan Wieden recalled, “When David comes to work and picks up the challenges of working on the American Indian College Fund, he’s going to church. This is a very, very deep, emotional [and] spiritual relationship David has with this organization that springs from his love of his early relationships in Oklahoma. He feels a deep kinship with Native peoples.”

During a partnership with the College Fund that has lasted over 30 years, Kennedy never really retired. He created more than a dozen advertising campaigns for the College Fund, the first in 1991. It was a single-page print ad with a bold headline: “A Sane, Rational Argument for Giving the Entire Country Back to the Indians.”

Later that year the College Fund released the first Wieden+Kennedycreated television campaign, “Save a Culture That Could Save Ours.”

Kennedy enlisted his long-time friend, director Joe Pytka, with whom he had worked with on several iconic Nike spots. Over the years Pytka continued to be a valuable partner, directing multiple television campaigns for the College Fund. David believed that Wieden+Kennedy has relationships with some of the best talent in the industry (directors, photographers, illustrators, designers, writers, musicians), and there would be a “hot place in hell for us if we didn’t take advantage” of them to give back to Indigenous people.

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In Memoriam

Other Wieden+Kennedy campaigns created for the College Fund included “Why Did You Go to College” (1998), “Educating the Mind and Spirit” (1999), “Have You Ever Seen a Real Indian?” (2002), “If I Stay on the Rez” (2005), “Think Indian” (2009), “Help a Student Help a Tribe” (2012), “One Percent” (2017), and “Path” (2019).

“This Is Indian Country,” the latest work Wieden+Kennedy and the College Fund worked on together, was launched on Indigenous Peoples Day in 2021, the day after Kennedy passed away. Kennedy was so excited about the campaign and said it was a culmination of decades of work that led up to this moment. He loved the powerful, unapologetic, and provocative statement. He loved the bold type that is hard to deny. And he was excited to finally get to the heart of the matter.

Last year’s launch of “This Is Indian Country” was just the beginning of a multiyear endeavor to acknowledge a historically erased group of Americans. The campaign is designed to increase awareness of and

conversations about Indigenous people and issues at a time when Native people are still not seen or heard by most Americans. Its goal is to remind people that Indigenous culture is American culture.

Kennedy left behind an unrivaled legacy that shaped advertising and changed and inspired so many lives, but it was his College Fund work that he said made him the proudest.

“I think that my career in advertising means nothing if I can’t do something good with it,” Kennedy said.

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“ When David comes to work and pick s up the challenges of working on the American Indian College Fund, he’s going to church. This is a very, very deep, emotional [and] spiritual relationship David has with this organization…”

2021-22 Governing Board of Trustees


Leander “Russ” McDonald

President, United Tribes Technical College


First Vice Chair: Cynthia Lindquist President, Cankdeska Cikana Community College

Michael Purvis Managing Director, The Blackstone Group

Second Vice Chair: Sandra Boham

President, Salish Kootenai College

Resource Development Chair: Brenda Toineeta Pipestem Of Counsel, Pipestem & Nagle Law

Twyla Baker

President, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College

Tom Brooks Vice President-External Affairs, AT&T External Affairs

Haven Gourneau

President, Fort Peck Community College

Justin Guillory

President, Northwest Indian College

Dawson Her Many Horses

Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking

Board of Trustees:

Dan King

President, Red Lake Nation College

Stefanie Miller President, Kellogg’s Away From Home

Michael Oltrogge

President, Nebraska Indian Community College

Lynn Dee Rapp

President, Eagle Opportunity

Charles “Monty” Roessel President, Diné College

Carla Sineway

President, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

Angela “Denine” Torr

Executive Director, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Dollar General Corporation

Meredi Vaughan CEO, Vladimir Jones

Dennis Worden Director, Walmart, Inc.

David E. Yarlott, Jr. President, Little Big Horn College

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In photo above: Back row, from left: Leander “Russ” McDonald, Cynthia Lindquist, Meredi Vaughan, Kim Blanchard, Charles “Monty” Roessel. Front row from left: Lynn Dee Rapp, Dan King, Cheryl Crazy Bull, David E. Yarlott, Jr., and Sandra Boham.


The following generous supporters have left lasting legacies through their estate plans. Their generosity ensures that American Indian and Alaska Native students will have the opportunity to pursue their dreams of a higher education and a career. We honor their memories here.


Helen T.M. Bayer

Betty Irene Boardman

Lillian C. Brilhart

Larry Claude Burgoon

Kristin R. Carlson

Margaret Carson

Joan W. Cho

JoAnn Corey

Marilyn Creason

Susan J. Darsh

Robert Donner

Robert E. Evans

William Fessler

Morris Finley

Maureen R. Frechette

Ruth Galaid

Martin Gardner

Dennis H. Gray

Jane Elizabeth Griffin

David J. Hamilton

Phyllis Hanicke

Robert K. Haning

Virginia E. Jarvis

Robert H. Kaeppel

Robert B. Keiser

Barbara M. Kent

Jacqueline Kienzle

Barbara S. Kinsey

Katherine A. Levin

Salvatore Patrick Lucchese

Willard Matteson

Jacqueline S. Mithun

Robert L. and Jeannette Munkres Trust

Vincent G. Murphy

Edison J. Nunez Jr.

Kathryn O’Keeffe

Irene Rita Pierce

Bernie M. Porter

Mildred Potucek

Patricia A. Rambo

Carla Remondini

Janice Marie Richardson

Stoyell M. Robbins

H. Geraldine Rogers

Joel Rothberg

Roberta S. Salyer

Hannelore M. Schulz

Sharon R. Scott

Douglas S. Stewart

Margaret A. Walters

Sallie Wesaw

Eddie C. Zawacki

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American Indian College Fund Supporters

The following generous individuals, corporations, and foundations have helped support Native higher education through their gifts to the American Indian College Fund.


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation H

Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund

Anonymous H

Arizona Public Service

AT&T Foundation H

Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc

Bezos Family Foundation H

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The Chicago Community Foundation

Cleveland Guardians Baseball Company, Inc.

Coca-Cola Foundation

Comic Relief Inc.

Costco Wholesale

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Earl and Anna Broady Foundation


FedEx Corporation

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Heising-Simons Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. H

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Katharine Scallan Scholarship Trust

Amy Kaufman

L.L. Foundation for Youth

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies H

National Philanthropic Trust

Native American Agriculture Fund

Nike, Inc.

OJ and Mary Christine Harvey Educational Foundation H

PayPal Giving Fund

Rowena Pecchenino

Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians H

The Peierls Foundation, Inc.

Pendleton Woolen Mills

Katharine A. Powell

Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund

Reboot Representation

James and Kate Rogers

Schwab Charitable Fund

Dr. Michelle P. Scott

Solon E. Summerfield Foundation, Inc.

The Spencer Foundation H

Jennifer Stengaard Gross and Peter Stengaard

Strada Education Network H


Target Corporation

Tides Foundation

Tribal Alliance Partners

United Health Foundation H

Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program

W. K. Kellogg Foundation H

Walmart Foundation

The Walt Disney Company

The Weissman Family Foundation, Inc.


The Wilke Family Foundation H

$50,000 – $99,999

1st Tribal Lending

Adam and Rachel Albright

Alvin I. & Peggy S. Brown Family Charitable Foundation

Anonymous (2) H

Anonymous Foundation

Administered By Edward G. McAnaney

Mrs. June E. Beaver

Kimberly S. Blanchard

The Boeing Company

Joseph and Teresa Canfora

Judith B. Carmichael

Charter Communications, Inc.

Clayton and Odessa Lang Ofstad Foundation

Ford Foundation

H. Geraldine Rogers Trust

Ms. Audrey Heneage

Indian Motorcycle

JCDRP Family Foundation

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Kenneth L. Conca

Mr. George Stabler Loening

Kathleen Mary McMahon

The Kathryn B. McQuade Foundation H

Mickey and Nancy Michel

Morgan Stanley Gift Fund

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

Ralph Lauren Corporation

Renaissance Charitable Foundation, Inc

Robert L and Jeannette Munkres Trust

The Roni Horn Foundation

Scruggs Memorial Fund

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Walter and Ursula Eberspacher Foundation

$25,000 – $49,999


Adolph Coors Foundation

Dr. Richard J. Almond

American Endowment Foundation

Amherst College

Anonymous H

Argosy Foundation

The Armstrong Foundation

Aspen Community Foundation

Association on American Indian Affairs

Jo Anne B. Balling

Richard J. Barber

Rosamond J. Campbell

Central Indiana Community Foundation

Mr. James Clubb

Community First Foundation

Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

Joan E. Corey

Doris Antun Revocable Trust

Entergy Corporation

Ellen L. Ferguson

Ms. Elizabeth A. Fray

Michelle D. Fuller

Give Lively Foundation Inc.

Grace S. Shaw-Kennedy Foundation

Grace Adolphsen Brame Trust

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A star (H) by the donor’s name indicates this donor has created a pathway to Native student success through a multi-year commitment.
A flame ( ) by the donor’s name indicates this donor is a confirmed member of our Circle of Vision Society and has included the American Indian College Fund in their estate plans.

Guidewire Software Services

Joel and Helena Hiltner

Harold L. Horstmann

Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation

Inter-Tribal Council of AT&T Employees

Irene Rita Pierce Charitable Lead Annuity Trust

Joseph and Sophia Abeles Foundation, Inc.

Marjorie L. Keely

L. P. Brown Foundation


Dr. Richard Lee Meehan, D.D.S.

MGM Resorts International

Bette Midler and Martin von Haselberg


Northern Trust Company

PayPal Giving Fund

Penguin Random House

Ms. Gretchen Pfuetze

Monique Regard and Frederick Duffy

David and Jill Rogers

Rosalie J. Coe Weir Foundation

Marjory H. Russell

Jack and Lindsey Sayers

John and Maria Schell

Mareke Schiller

Anne C. Sigleo M.D.

Mary Ellen Smith and Nancy Hannah

Mr. David Terribile

George J. Then

TikTok Inc.

Toyota Motor North America US Bank

The VF Foundation

Virginia W. Hill Charitable Foundation

Michael A. Wall

Glenn H. Weder

Philip O. Wheatley

Luke Whitesell and Catherine McLellan

$10,000 – $24,999

AMB Foundation


The American Gift Fund

American Family Insurance

Mr. Paul Anders

Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation

Anonymous (8) H

Mr. Michael Apgar

Arch Capital Services LLC

Kristin K. Armstrong


AT&T Employee Giving Matching Campaign

Shane and Bonnie Balkowitsch

Nadine P. Bartsch

Dianne M. Batzkall

Janet R. Bean

Michelle and Richard Bellows

Ben Plucknett Charitable Trust

Henry and Rhoda Bernstein

Mary S. Bilder

Eleonor Bindman and Eli Gottesdiener

David and Elsa Blanton

Susan and James Bondarenko

Roger M. Boone

Suzanne Born

Brad Lemons Foundation

Brokaw Family Foundation

The Bulova Stetson Fund

Rev. Martin L. Buote

Nola and Neil Burkhard

Richard and Elizabeth Burns

Susan O. Bush

Thomas and Carol Butler

Ann S. Buxbaum

Katherine Cameron and Richard Vaccaro

James and Kathy Cargill

Carol C. Johnson Charitable Foundation

Central New York Community Foundation, Inc

Ann Clark and Charles Kirkpatrick

Lisa Cohen and Hershel Kleinberg

Lowell T. Cook

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Keith Cowan and Linda Walsh

Kristine B. Crandall

Darby Foundation

The Defense Against Thought Control Foundation, Inc.

Lindy Delf and Anthony Wolk

Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation

Nicoletti and Bruna DePaul

Julia DeVlieg

Diana E. Dundore

James R. Dunn

Bernadine J. Duran

Edward & Verna Gerbic Family Foundation

El Pomar Foundation H

Sigrid Elenga and C. Stephen Smyth


Ernst & Young Foundation Matching Gifts Program

ExxonMobil Matching Gift Program

Michael G. Feiss and Cathy Cole

Fenwick Community Fund

David Fitzpatrick

Martin and Judith Freedland

Sandra and R. Neil Fuller

John and Carole Garand

Aaron T. Garnett

Gikinoo’amaage Indigenous Educators Coalition

Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund

Google Matching Gifts Program

Jean and James Hall

James L. Hamilton

Lucile Hamlin

William F. Harrison

Helen Roberti Charitable Trust

Ms. Mary H. Hodge

James and Susan Hofman

Houston Jewish Community Foundation

Houston Family Foundation

Barry W. Hubbard

Terrill Hyde

Impact Assets

Intel Foundation

Isa-Maria and David Shoolman Family Foundation

Philip D. Jackson

Stephen and Karen Jackson

James and Sarah Rollins Family of Trusts

The James M. Cox Foundation of Georgia, Inc.

The Jana Foundation, Inc.

Jewish Communal Fund

Mike and Ann Johnson

Leigh and Richard Jones-Bamman

Julie Kant

Ms. Katherine Welch

Katherine A. Levin Irrevocable Trust

David and Barbara Kelly

Jill D. Kirshner

Fred Korn

Neil Kreitman

Leibowitz and Greenway Family Charitable Foundation

Lubert Family Foundation Inc

Vijay and Arlene Macwan

Mary Alice Avato Trust

Mr. Sahar Masud

McVay Foundation

Microsoft Giving Campaign

Sonia and D. James Miller

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American Indian College Fund Supporters

Minneapolis Foundation

Mr. John M. Montgomery

Priscilla A. Moore

Morgan Stanley Foundation

John Mullican

Nancy Allison Perkins Foundation

The Nathan P. Jacobs Foundation

Susan Nelson-Benway

Network for Good

Leslie L. Neumeister

New York Community Trust

William and Stephanie O’Grady

Helen K. Ogura

William Oppenheimer

Sandra K. Orange

Glenn R. Paauw

Constance W. Packard

The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation

Edith Ann Pazmino

Geoffrey F. Peters

Philadelphia Cricket Club

Debbie M. Purnel

Susan Ramsdell

Mr. Mike Reitsma

Remy’s Good Day Fund

Richard & Peggy Greenfield Foundation

Diane Richards

Maria and Arthur Richmond

Tia Rosengarten

The Roy Gene and Pamela Evans Foundation

Miles and Nancy Rubin

Rundgren Foundation

Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation

The San Diego Foundation

Ms. Elizabeth Ellen Sandager

The Seattle Foundation

Mary Shamrock

Sheila, Dave and Sherry Gold Foundation

Rondi and C. Garth Shelhamer

Anna Simons Jordan H

John and Catherine Smith


Mary Jane Spiro

Lev Spiro and Melissa Rosenberg

Ms. Bonnie Stafford

James R. Strickler

T. Rowe Price

Martha G. Taylor

Virginia Theo-Steelman and David Steelman

Thomas C. and Lois L. Sando Foundation

Carolyn Thomson

The Tierney Family Foundation Inc.

Frank and Karen Timmons

Toledo Community Foundation, Inc.

Jean and Frederick Toyama

The Tzo’-Nah Fund

The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust

Gene R. Ulrich

UPS Foundation

Vladimir Jones

Wege Foundation

Peter Welles

Anthony A. Welmas

Dan and Elizabeth Whittemore

Priscilla B. Wieden

William H. Donner Foundation, Inc

Phillip and Carol Wright

John A. Wright

Chapman Young III

Karen A. Yust

$5,000 – $9,999

Ms. Marian Acquistapace

Nicole Alger

Simin N. Allison

Ms. Ellen G. Al-Sarraf

Amazon Smile Foundation

Eugenia and David Ames

Mr. Karsten B. Andersen

Nancy and Thomas Anderson

Mary Anderson

Brandee Annis

Anonymous (5) H

Apple Matching Gifts Program

Athens Area Community Foundation

Ayco Charitable Foundation

Ms. Patricia A. Bartz

George and Linda Bauer

Saida and Sherwood Baxt

The Beane Family Foundation

Jason W. Bear

Ms. Marilynn A. Bellanger

Paul Belo

Toby and Florence Berger

Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough Foundation

Black-Periman Foundation

The Boeing Company Gift Matching Program

David and Barbara Boerner

Lorraine M. Bosche

The Boston Foundation

Marilyn W. Bottjer

Mary Braunagel-Brown and Sterling Brown

Winifred Breines

Ms. Sylvain Brigant

Patricia and Edward Bryant

Roger Burk and Margaret Murch

Ruth E. Callard

Terry G. Capps

Samuel D. Cargile

Anthony Cashmore

Yvon and Malinda Chouinard

Catherine Christovich

Cisco Foundation

Sharon Cole

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Community Foundation of Burke County

Mr. Donah Conder

Mrs. Noel R. Congdon

Donald and Elizabeth Conklin

Linzee Coolidge

J. David and Claudia Cope

Jean A. Coyne

Roberta and Philip Cronin

Frank and Judith Czeiner

Daedalus Foundation, Inc.

Jeffery and Anne Dalke

Norma F. Davenport

Robert M. Davis

Barbara N. Deloria

Virginia and Robin Dial

William Downey

Heather Duffy

Phil and Olga Eaton

Thomas and Jennifer Eccles

Mr. Dana E. Eyde

Carl and Julie Falk

The Farley Charitable Lead Annuity Trust of 2010

Virginia Farley and Robert Shapiro

Elizabeth and James Ferguson

Adrienne and Norman Fogle

Mr. Jim Follett

Lauri T. Franks

George and Barbara Freeman

Zoe Friedberg

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A star (H) by the donor’s name indicates this donor has created a pathway to Native student success through a multi-year commitment. A flame ( ) by the donor’s name indicates this donor is a confirmed member of our Circle of Vision Society and has included the American Indian College Fund in their estate plans.

Susan Friedenberg

John Fries

James K. Fukano

Brandon S. Gast

Cameron Geddes

Ms. Clare Gentile

Ms. Gail M. Gerhart

Mr. Robert F. Gipp

Beverly H. Goodman M.D.

The Goodnow Fund

Charles and Rachel Goossen

Keith and Carol Grant

Greater Horizons

Ms. Susan Gunter

Mr. Gary Hamilton

Harold & Betty Cottle Family Foundation

Margaret Harris

Donna M. Hawxhurst

James and Kathryn Haymaker

The Healing World Fund

Helen J. and Thomas N. Urban Charitable Foundation

Mr. Casey Hengen

Donna L. Hirst

Ms. Susan Hoffman

David H. Hofstad

Ms. Madeleine C. Houston

Ms. Ashley Hubka

Samuel D. Huntington

Jonathan Jaeger

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York

Johnson & Johnson Matching Gifts Program

Johnson Charitable Gift Fund

Judy Jordan

JPMorgan Chase Foundation Matching Gift Program

Janet M. Junge

Albert and Diane Kaneb

Edward and Irene Kaplan

Diane R. Karp Ph.D.

Miriam Kartch-Hughes

Katherine and Gordon Keane

Carol W. Keenan

Karen M. Kehoe

Reiley and Deborah Kidd

Donna Korkes

Marc and Sue Krass

Linn W. Krieg

Mr. Robert L. Kuehlthau

Kulp Family Charitable Foundation

Ms. Roberta G. Kurtz

John B. Lane, Ph.D.

Shirley E. Leary

Ms. Dorothy J. Lee

Téa Leoni

The Levy Foundation

Lynn Stern and Jeremy Lang Family Foundation, Inc.

Monica Mackey

Ms. Judy Stark Macner

Charles and Cathy Mador

Maine Community Foundation

Marni and Morris Propp II Family Foundation

J. Martin and Peggy Carlson

Wilbert L. Mathews

James S. Mathis Jr.

John and Peggy Maynes

Brian and Anne Mazar

Stephen and Carolyn McCandless

Robert R. McCrae

Phil and Joan McDonald

John F. McGowan

McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Fara and John McMullen

Mrs. Sarah E. Merner

Susan and Mark Minerich

Mr. Dwight A. Morris

Ms. Susan H. Mundy

Daniel and Barbara Nalven

Mr. Charles Nearburg

John and Jane Niebler

Karen H. Nolen

Norton Concrete Construction

O.C.F. Foundation

Lee E. Olm

Dr. Mary D. Olowin

Harry Ostrer and Elizabeth Marks

Mr. Robert E. Oppenheimer

Christopher and Kit Osgood

Paul and Anne Parker

Peter and Dorothy Lapp Foundation

Stephen and Marilyn Pizer

Gigi and Juan Carlos Porcelli

Ellen Posel and Stephen Gockley

Ms. Marion M. Pyle Stone

Bernice and W. E. Quinn

Mr. Joseph Rangel

Elizabeth S. Ray

Ray C. McKinley Family Foundation

Raytheon Matching Gifts for Education Program

Laurie A. Riebeling

Robert & A. Joyce Jones Foundation

John L. Roberts

Virginia E. Shaw

James J. Shreiner

Mr. Lawrence Shulman

Ms. Martha Aitchison Siegel

Nicholas A. Skinner

Bonnie and Jack Smailes

Gene M. Smith

Mr. John S. Solters

Darlene and Jeffrey Spence

Richard and Jill Spitz

Diana Stark

Robert T. Stephen

Robert L. Strauss

Richard J. Street

Christine Sage Suits

Synergy Direct Marketing Solutions

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Co.

David O. Tanner

Dalton Tarwater

Carol Teutsch

Mr. Gene S. Thomas

Ann H. Thompson


TisBest Philanthropy

Judith A. Titzel

Jean Mitoko Toyama and Dennis Toyama

Richard and Elizabeth Treitel

Triangle Community Foundation, Inc.

Allen and Mary Turcke

UnitedHealth Group

Vantage Specialty Ingredients Inc

Waddell and Associates

Ms. Sharon L. Waterous

Donald A. Weber

Thomas Wedell and Theresa WalkerWedell

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Gift Program

William and Theda White

Dennis and Barbara Whitehouse

Deborah C. Wickersham

Ms. Jennifer Wieland

Robert and Chamisa Wilkinson

William and Sheila Konar Foundation

Sallie Williams-Neubauer and Rob Neubauer

Ms. Leslie K. Williams

Julia C. Winiarski

Naomi W. Wolf

Ms. Deborah Yaffe

Mr. Rudolf H. Ziesenhenne

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24 2021–22 Annual Report 2021–22 Fiscal Year Total Revenue, Gains, and Support Contributions $ 55,855,302 Contributed public service announcements 1,801,373 Net investment return (loss) (9,148,787) Government assistance - PPP loan –Other revenue 93,871 Gross special events revenue 220,697 Less cost of direct benefits to donors ............................... (169,372) Net special events revenue 51,325 Net assets released from restrictions –Total support, revenue and gains ............................. 48,653,084 Expenses Program services expense Scholarships and grants 26,939,432 Public education 4,320,479 Total program expenses 31,259,911 Supporting services expense Administrative 1,588,705 Donor development 8,528,620 Total supporting services expenses 10,117,325 Total expenses and losses 41,377,236 Change in Net Assets 7,275,848 Net Assets, Beginning of Year 141,504,071 Net Assets, End of Year $ 148,779,919 Audited Financial Information

The American Indian College Fund doesn’t just help educate Native students to serve their communities—it proudly employs them.

• Ten team members attended or earned a GED, certificate, or degree at a tribal college or university.

• Ten team members worked for a tribal college or university.

• Six team members worked for a Tribal Nation or enterprise.

• Ten team members worked for a local, state, regional, or national organization serving Native communities.

This annual report is © 2022 by the American Indian College Fund. All rights reserved.

Editor: Dina Horwedel

Copy editors: Colleen Billiot and Liana Epstein

Design and layout: ThinAirCreative, Inc.

Photo credits: American Indian College Fund, Nylana Murphy.

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