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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. Without question, 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

 

Or, you can make a donation online
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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

Key Bank

Larry Dansinger and Karent Marysdaughter

Mary Jo Martin

Mercy Investment Program, Inc.

Peter and Sharon Moller

 

 

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

The Ford Foundation

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, including the early days as a fledgling program of FNDI. We have come a long way and your support has made that happen. 

Support in 2006
Annie E. Casey Foundation
F.B. Heron Foundation
Fannie Mae Foundation

Support in 2005
Annie E. Casey Foundation
CDFI Fund
Citigroup Foundation
Enterprise
F.B. Heron Foundation
Grant D. Abert
Indian Walk-In Center
James Adams Babson
Mercy Investment Program, Inc.
Merrill Lynch
Peter B. & Adeline W. Ruffin Foundation
Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Sherry & Ron Black
Sisters of St. Elizabeth
The Ford Foundation
US Deptartment of Agriculture
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Washington Mutual Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation

Support in 2004
CDFI Fund
Citigroup Foundation
F.B. Heron Foundation
James Adams Babson
Larry Dansinger
Sisters of Loretto
Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
Washington Mutual Foundation

Support in 2003
Arthur Lloyd
Citigroup Foundation
CDFI Fund
Peter B. & Adeline W. Ruffin Foundation
Sisters of Mercy - Connecticut
Skoll Foundation
The Ford Foundation
Washington Mutual Foundation
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Support in 2002
Bank of America
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Fannie Mae Foundation
Grant D. Abert
J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation
James Adams Babson
Karl Thomas Keller
Mercy Investment Program, Inc.
Peter B. & Adeline W. Ruffin Foundation
Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth
Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
The Ford Foundation
Washington Mutual Foundation
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Wells Fargo Foundation
William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Support in 2001
Allen Dolleris
Bank of America
Citigroup Foundation
CDFI Fund
Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Incarnate Word
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Fannie Mae Foundation
Lannan Foundation
National Endowment for Financial Education
Peter B. & Adeline W. Ruffin Foundation
Sisters of Loretto
Washington Mutual Foundation

Support in 2000
Arthur Lloyd
James Adams Babson
Peter B. & Adeline W. Ruffin Foundation
Sisters of Mercy - Connecticut
Sisters of Mercy, Regional Community of Detroit
Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Support in 1999
Bank of America
Bank One Corporation
Citigroup Foundation
Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Fannie Mae Foundation
Idyll Development Foundation
James Adams Babson
Karl Thomas Keller
Peter B. & Adeline W. Ruffin Foundation
Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Washington Mutual Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation

Support in 1998
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Grant D. Abert
Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth
Sisters of Loretto
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Support in 1997
Arthur Lloyd
Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Sisters of Mercy, Regional Community of Detroit
Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Support in 1996
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Idyll Development Foundation
James Adams Babson

Support in 1995
Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
Sisters of Loretto
Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Support in 1994
Arthur Lloyd
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Grant D. Abert

Support in 1993
Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth
Sisters of Mercy, Regional Community of Detroit
Tides Foundation
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Support in 1992
Sisters of Loretto
Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Support in 1991
James Adams Babson

Support in 1990
Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
The Hitachi Foundation

Support in 1989
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock

Support in 1988
Northwest Area Foundation

Support in 1987
Northwest Area Foundation
Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
The Ford Foundation

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