Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 as she talks with Tiwahe President and CEO Kelly Drummer. Kelly developed the foundation from an earlier iteration as a fund. She brought the assets of the organization forward and made it a community foundation, the first of its kind in the region. The Foundation’s web site describes its origins: “The Foundation evolved from origins as a culturally responsive grantmaking initiative of three Minnesota family foundations known as the American Indian Family Empowerment Program (AIFEP). Launched in 1993 initially by the Marbrook Foundation, AIFEP was the inspiration of Markell Brooks. It operated as a donor-designated fund with monies from a collaborative of the Marbrook, Westcliff and Grotto Foundations. In 2009, AIFEP transformed into a new entity, the Tiwahe Foundation. While Tiwahe Foundation is an independent community foundation with its own board of directors, the original AIFEP remains part of the ongoing work.”
The core work of the Foundation includes grants to individuals in the areas of education economic and community development, and tribal culture; promoting Indian leadership; building a permanent endowment; and practicing generosity, compassion, courage and resilience in a Circle of Giving to build a self-sustaining community.
Kelly Drummer will be honored at this year’s Circle of Giving event on November 30, 2017. Board chairwomen Jackie Dionne said, “The board is grateful for Kelly’s inspired and determined leadership….Kelly is kind, compassionate and [she] has a love for the community that shows every day in her work and personal life.”
This year’s keynote speaker is former Chairwoman of the Fond du Lack Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. She was appointed by president Barack Obama as Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs.
The event takes place from 6 to 9 at the McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 Oak St., Minneapolis.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
1 pm to 2 pm Central Time
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Kelly Drummer (Oglala Lakota) is the President and CEO of the Tiwahe Foundation, an American Indian community Foundation with a focus on micro grants to American Indians, leadership initiatives and network building. Kelly’s eighteen years in philanthropy and non-profit work includes; the Minneapolis Jewish Community Foundation, The Family Partnership (then “Family & Children’s Service”), Headwaters Foundation for Justice and New Foundations – a Project for Pride in Living program. Kelly currently serves on the Clearway Foundation and The Family Partnership Board of Directors. She also serves on the Native Youth Alliance of Minnesota advisory committee and is involved with many other projects that benefit American Indian Woman and youth. She holds an M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University and her B.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Minnesota. Kelly is a mother of five children and lives in NE Minneapolis with her husband and two young children. She enjoys spending time at her children’s sporting activities, reading, hiking, yoga and working with others to make the world a better place for all.
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