Indigenous-Led Grantmaking Empowering Visionary Indigenous Women-Led Initiatives
Join us in celebrating one year of Return to the Heart Foundation!
As an Indigenous women-led organization, founded by Sarah Eagle Heart, Red Dawn Foster and Gina Jackson, we started with a dream to empower and amplify our fellow Indigenous sisters. The contributions of Indigenous women have not been visible or significantly included in contemporary social causes. We stepped in to help change this.
This past year, we have supported and uplifted numerous Indigenous women and their projects that are bringing help and healing to their communities by creating a transformative impact in mental, physical, spiritual and cultural health.
Thank you to all our supporters, partners and allies who joined our cause and shared their voices along the way. View the highlights video from our first year!
The contributions of Indigenous women have not been visible or significantly included in contemporary social causes.
Against this backdrop, this is the critical moment and opportunity to support an Indigenous Women-led organization, Return to the Heart Foundation, which is focused on uplifting initiatives to achieve long-term narrative change strategies from within social movements.
*Return to the Heart Foundation is fiscally sponsored by Amalgamated Foundation.
Responding In This Moment
One in every 475 Native Americans has died from COVID-19, according to the data APM Research Lab’s Color of Coronavirus project. Coronavirus-related deaths among Native Americans occurred in January up 35% from December and the biggest rise among other groups. Native Americans are dying at disproportionate rates. Losing 1% of our people is the equivalent of losing 3 million Americans.
The Return to the Heart Foundation created the Native Covid Action Fund in response to knowing that Tribal Nations are resilient to all that has come against us such as colonization, biological warfare, and even genocide as we are still here. We are also a vulnerable population as treaties and policies created in exchange for health care and education have been left unfulfilled. The health of Indigenous Peoples is hit hardest during times such as COVID-19 – and yet our knowledge and solutions have yet to be heard and centered in dialogue and action. Our Covid work will continue and we will continue to bring inspiration through lifting up the voices of Indigenous Womxn who are bringing help and healing into our communities.
WHAT WE DO
Our Focus Areas
Restorative and Regenerative Development
WHO WE ARE
Meet the Team
Sarah Eagle Heart
Red Dawn Foster
ABOUT RED DAWN
Staff & Advisory Committee
Years of Bridge Building Experience
Tribal Community Building Experience
WHY WE’RE DIFFERENT
Our Unique Combination
50% Bridge Building and Storytelling
Our co-founders hold a unique vantage point in culture shift and narrative change strategies with philanthropy initiatives and influencers: Anne Hathaway, Dispatch, Indigenous Women Rise, John Legend, Mark Ruffalo, Portugal the Man, Mumford and Sons, Shailene Woodley, Taboo, Tonia Jo Hall, and Women’s March.
50% Community Building
WHO WE WORK WITH
READY TO JOIN US?
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