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AIFEP Grantee Sharon & daughter Pepsi

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AIFEP grantee Sharon sharing her story

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AIFEP grantee Tiana sharing her story

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AIFEP supports an individual or family in pursuit of Professional, Educational, or Cultural Opportunities.

History of the Tiwahe Foundation
The Tiwahe Foundation grew out of a culturally responsive grantmaking initiative, the American Indian Family Empowerment Program (AIFEP) which was launched in 1993. The Marbrook Foundation was the founding organization, with Markell Brooks as the inspiration for AIFEP. AIFEP operated as a donor designated fund for 16 years, funded by Marbrook, Westcliff, and Grotto Foundations. The partnership represented a model for collaborative philanthropic engagement.

With the leadership of the AFIEP advisory board, leadership program participants, staff and the founding philanthropic partners, in 2009 the Tiwahe Foundation became the first-of-its-kind independent community foundation.

Tiwahe Foundation Today The Tiwahe Foundation was created to help renew the American Indian community through the Circle of Giving. This philosophy is grounded in American Indian tradition and the value of reciprocity, recognizing that all life is inter-related and giving benefits the giver as well as the receiver. The Tiwahe Foundation is a trusted community partner with an intimate understanding of issues that affect Native American people, as well as the role American Indian values, such as generosity, compassion, courage and resilience, play in building a self-sustaining community.

Our Mission
The Tiwahe Foundation is a resource for giving and strengthens American Indian communities by building capacity through leadership, culture, values and vision.

Our Values
INTEGRITY. The Tiwahe Foundation holds itself to the highest ethical standards, acting with transparency and accountability in all its operations.

RESPECT AND HONOR. The Tiwahe Foundation respects individuals and families and honors the leadership, traditions and culture of American Indian communities.

TRUST. The Tiwahe Foundation is a trusted partner, having established credibility by knowing and understanding the strengths, needs and effective solutions within the cultural context of the communities it serves.

KINSHIP. The Tiwahe Foundation values the relationships among extended families, tribal nations and communities.

CIRCLE OF GIVING. The Tiwahe Foundation cherishes the timeless American Indian value of communal generosity and reciprocity, embodied in the honor and humility of both giving and receiving, and seeks to instill these values in future generations.

INDIGENOUS WORLD VIEW. The Tiwahe Foundation understands, honors and practices American Indian sovereignty that leads to a vibrant and self-sustaining community through valued traditions, spirituality, language and connection to earth.

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Organization Information

2801 21st Avenue S.
Suite 132-F Minneapolis, MN 55407




AIFEP supports an individual or family in pursuit of Professional, Educational, or Cultural Opportunities.

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