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Together We Can Build a Stronger Economy

Consider investing in Indian Country through a program related investment (PRI) in First Nations Oweesta Corporation. Program-related investments (PRIs) are investments made by tribes, corporations, foundations or individuals to support activities that involve the potential return of capital within an established time frame. PRIs include financing methods commonly associated with banks or other private investors, such as loans, loan guarantees, linked deposits, and even equity investments in charitable organizations or in commercial ventures for charitable purposes. For the recipient, the primary benefit of PRIs is access to capital at lower rates than may otherwise be available. For the funder, the principal benefit is that the repayment or return of equity can be recycled for another charitable purpose. PRIs are valued as a means of leveraging philanthropic dollars.

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Why You Should Invest in Indian Country

First Nations Oweesta Corporation was created by First Nations Development Institute to address the lack of capital and financial infrastructure in Native American communities. First Nations Oweesta Corporation’s priority is to provide investment capital into Native CDFIs and communities they serve. First Nations Oweesta Corporation is a national organization that works with Indigenous peoples living in some of the most rural locations in the United States, including American Indian reservations, traditional Native lands, Hawaiian homelands, and in Alaska Native villages. First Nations Oweesta Corporation has worked with hundreds of Native communities and organizations, from Alaska to Louisiana and Maine to Hawaii. The 59 Native CDFIs and more than 60 emerging Native CDFIs with whom First Nations Oweesta Corporation works, span 34 states. First Nations Oweesta Corporation is the only existing Native CDFI intermediary offering financial products and development services exclusively to Native CDFIs and Native communities. The organization offers loan products to Native CDFIs that meet our underwriting criteria, and this investment in Native communities has leveraged amazing results.

Oweesta is aware that acquisition of capital for operating and/or lending stands as a barrier to the success of many emerging Native CDFIs. Therefore, Oweesta affords NCDFIs the opportunity to go one-step further by offering qualified institutional applicants with loan/investment capital, which is then reinvested in the communities by the Native CDFI in the form of housing, consumer or small business loans, or leveraged to attract additional capital.

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, Oweesta relies on its own outside investors to achieve this goal. A benefit to investing in Oweesta as opposed to directly at the grassroots level is that we are able to offer training and technical assistance to our clients, thus overcoming any barriers to repayment that may arise. We receive investments from a number of Socially Responsible Investors (SRI) including religious charities, foundations, individuals, corporations and other business entities. For more information on investing in Oweesta please review our Investment Prospectus and Annual Report. To make an investment in Oweesta or if you have any questions, please contact Chrystel Cornelius, Executive Director, at chrystel@oweesta.org.

 

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Before 2000, only five certified Native CDFIs existed in the country.  Today, there are 65 U.S. Treasury-certified NCDFIs and an even larger number of start-up and emerging organizations.   As the only Native CDFI intermediary in the country, it is Oweesta’s responsibility to do all we can to make sure these particularly fragile organizations thrive. Our development services and investments are critical to their success, and in the coming years, we anticipate investing over $10 million in Native CDFIs to help capitalize their programs. Currently, Native CDFIs are making a difference in the economy of every community where they are present, and the social impact is only just beginning.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Oweesta relies on assistance from foundations, individuals, federal agencies, corporations and others to continue this innovative work in Native communities. 

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If you would like to support Oweesta, please click on the printable Donation Form, fill it out and send it along with your check made out to First Nations Oweesta Corporation to:

Evette Aragon
First Nations Oweesta Corporation
2432 Main St., 2nd Floor
Longmont, CO 80501

 

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Our Current Investors

   

Adrian Dominican Sisters

Bank of America

Basilian Fathers of Toranto

Donna K. Altschuler

James A. Rose

Karen Brandow

Karuna Trust

Larry Dansinger and Karent Marysdaughter

Mary Jo Martin

Mercy Investment Program, Inc.

Peter and Sharon Moller

The Ford Foundation

 

Barbara Kingsolver

Simon Rose

Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament

Sisters of Charity of Incarnate Word

Sisters of Loretto

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas NE Community

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Susan D. Goldman Trust

Suzanne LeFerta Trust

Sylvia Granader Trust

Unitarian Universalist Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporters

Our warmest thanks go out to the following organizations and individuals for their assistance through grants, investments and donations to Oweesta over the years.

Support in 2014
Donna K. Altschuler
Barbara Kingsolver Trust
James A.N. Trust
Marian Rose Trust
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)

Support in 2013
Mary Jo Martin
Karen Brandow
Bank of America
Ruffin Foundation
Native American CDFI Assiastance Program (NACA)
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)

Support in 2012
Basilian Fathers of Toronto
Sylvia Granadar Trust
Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Native American CDFI Assiastance Program (NACA)
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)
Ralph Rasmuson Foundation

Support in 2011
Adrian Dominican Sisters
Larry Dansinger & Karen Marysdaughter
Peter & Sharon Moller
Karuna Trust
Susan Goldman
American Express
Native American CDFI Assiastance Program (NACA)
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)

Support in 2010
Mercy Investment Program, Inc.
Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
Unitarian Universalist Association
Sisters of Loretto
Bank of America
Administration for Native Americans (ANA)
Native American CDFI Assiastance Program (NACA)
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)

Support in 2009
Trilium Asset Management
James Adams Babson Trust
Sara McCay Trust
The Ford Foundation
Rual Housing and Economic Development (RHED)
Native American CDFI Assiastance Program (NACA)
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)

Support in 2008
Bank of America
The Ford Foundation
James A. Babson Trust
Suzanne Laffetra
Sisters of Loretto
Sisters of Charity of Incarnate Word
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas NE Community
Simon Rose
Larry Dansinger & Karen Marysdaughter
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)

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