Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) involves initiatives on the part of corporations, nonprofits, foundations, tribes and individual donors who take responsibility for communities' social well-being. Often referred to as "corporate citizenship," these tangible actions promote positive social change. CSR also demonstrates the good will of these donors toward communities and people in need—giving back through meaningful purpose.
PWNA relies solely on monetary and in-kind donations to aid people with the highest need in the United States. Corporations and nonprofits donate quality in-kind products such as food, school supplies, and other essential items, which PWNA distributes with hundreds of reservation program partners to Native American Elders, families and children. Foundations and prosperous tribes also make grants to PWNA and a quarter-million individual donors make monetary contributions to help improve quality of life on the reservations.
All these donors share two things in common: They care about quality of life for Native Americans, and they recognize that less than 1 percent of charitable giving supports Native causes. As such, we recognize them as leaders in philanthropy and social responsibility. Through their support, Partnership With Native Americans provides more than $25 million in aid per year, championing hope for a brighter future for Native Americans living in hundreds of impoverished reservation communities.
An amazing couple who, during their lifetime together, have turned their concern for Native Americans into a shared passion, both have Cherokee heritage and Gary was fortunate to know his Cherokee great grandmother. After visiting several reservations during a trip through the Southwest they were upset to the point of anger at the “third world conditions” they saw. Gary witnessed these same conditions in many countries during his 24 years of military service. They turned this anger into providing support for many of PWNA’s services that help to fight these conditions and, being especially concerned about the future of Native youth and education, they have chosen to become Heritage Circle members by leaving a bequest to our scholarship service in their Wills.
PWNA is a member of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), a national forum “where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle” — preparation, disaster relief/response, recovery and mitigation — to support community readiness and navigation of disasters. The National VOAD coalition includes 50 of America’s most reputable organizations, 55 state/territory VOADS representing local and regional interests, and other members. PWNA is a first responder for the reservations, often acting in concert with the American Red Cross and other state or national VOAD members.
Red Crescent Code
PWNA subscribes to the Red Crescent Code, an international code of conduct for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in disaster relief. The Red Crescent Code sets forth standards for governmental independence, effectiveness, and impact in delivering NGO services. Developed by the American Red Cross and other entities, the Red Crescent Code closely aligns with the PWNA Way. Our approach to working on the reservations has been a key factor in sustaining hundreds of tribal partners .