Hopa Mountain
Hopa Mountain invests in rural and tribal citizen leaders who are improving education, ecological health, and economic development.

Native Nonprofit Leadership Program

Strengthening the Circle


A Native Nonprofit Leadership Program

Strengthening the Circle aims to build the capacities of experienced and emerging Native-led nonprofit organizations that are working to improve economic development, education, and social services on or near reservations. This Native Nonprofit Leadership Program consists of a four-day workshop for forty executive directors and Board members with follow-up training and technical assistance. The next Strengthening the Circle will take place in Keystone, South Dakota, October 21 - 24, 2019. Applications will be accepted from Native nonprofit executive directors and Board members from North Dakota and South Dakota.

Every year, we receive more applications than we can accept into the program. Preference is given to Native nonprofit organizations that are currently providing services.

Travel, lodging, instruction, and materials will be covered for Native nonprofit executive directors and Board members that are accepted into the program. In addition to the four-day training session, each participant will receive a Program Guidebook, resources for board development, fundraising and tribal youth program planning, twenty hours of consulting or coaching, and ongoing support through your peers. Graduates of Strengthening the Circle serve as mentors. Collectively, these leaders have built stronger organizations with more resources to positively impact Native youth and families.

Strengthening the Circle is made possible with generous support from the Northwest Area Foundation, the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation, the Kendeda Fund, the Oro y Plata Foundation, the Foundation for Community Vitality, and First Interstate Bank Foundation.  Program partners include the Seventh Generation Fund, Generations Indigenous Ways, Artemisia Associates, and WolfStar Productions.


Application deadline is September 1, 2019

Small Grant Application