23% of Native American families experience low food security, more than any other families in the U.S.

Making An Impact

The true measure of any helping organization is their impact: are they meeting their mission and making a difference for the people they serve?

PWNA is, according to our Partners.


Strong Partners = Strong Reservations

Our constituents — the people we serve and directly impact through our work — are our reservation Program Partners.

Regardless of a reservation partner’s core focus (nutrition, education, health care), our main goal is to help improve reservation programs and to work to develop local leaders who can drive social change for the reservations. PWNA measures this change through partner-focused outcomes. Our partners in turn work directly with community members on client-focused outcomes, such as reducing hunger and disease rates or increasing graduation rates.

PWNA’s Program Logic Model shows that, as our reservation partners become more effective, they are more likely to create positive impact for their communities. The continued growth of our partners moves us toward our vision of strong, self-sufficient Native American communities.

Dual Focus

PWNA serves the immediate needs of the reservations and supports long-term solutions. To better understand how our work impacts individuals and families, we track our long-term outcomes as well as the immediate volume and impact of materials and seasonal services we provide.

Material Services (Immediate Relief)

Collaborating with our Material Services partners, PWNA provides essential supplies and seasonal services for Northern Plains and Southwest reservations, education and animal welfare. Yet, even while meeting immediate needs through the provision of goods and services, we are also having a long-term impact.

Each year, PWNA sends an anonymous survey to our entire base of 1,000+ Program Partners: we want to learn about the gains they have made by working with us. Our annual survey response rate is higher than 50%. The survey results show PWNA has a positive impact on our partners and their ability to better serve their communities, as our graphic shows.

Survey Results for Material Services Program Partners

This next chart shows our volume of service or output for immediate needs in 2014. Through our Material Services partnerships, this aid benefited more than 250,000 Native Americans living in isolated and underserved communities with the highest need in the United States.

2014 Output for Long-term solutions

Learn more about our Material Service Programs:
Education | Health | Food & Water | Holiday | Animal Welfare | Emergency Services

Long-Term Solutions

PWNA’s long-term services are designed to support the self-determined initiatives of reservation partners and other local leaders who are working for sustainable gains in their communities. While some of our Long-Term Solutions (LTS) are relatively new offerings, they are already yielding positive outcomes for partners, participants and communities on the reservations.

This chart shows our recent sustainability projects and volume of service for Long-Term Solutions.

2014 Output for Long-term solutions

This next chart shows the types of LTS outputs PWNA will be tracking and reporting over the long run. With the services now redesigned or being redesigned, it is these measures that will show how well we are developing community leaders and how to be sure regardless of the type of project.

2014 Output for Long-term solutions

Learn more about our Long-Term Solutions:
Higher Education Services | Capacity Building | Community Investment Projects