U.S. Southwest

Our grantmaking strategy in the U.S. Southwest supports Native and community-led initiatives to strengthen food sovereignty and local control and mana...

Our grantmaking strategy in the U.S. Southwest supports Native and community-led initiatives to strengthen food sovereignty and local control and management of natural resources on ancestral lands. We also seek to nurture the Native-led philanthropy sector that is blossoming on the Colorado Plateau and to back the efforts of our partners to build capacities for Native leaders.

Despite centuries of forced assimilation and relocation efforts within the United States, Tribes are leading a biocultural rebirth in the Southwest; one that blends creative, traditional approaches to learning and cultivating food and wellness with local economies and systems of trade and governance. We support these revitalization efforts by focusing on two themes: Native Foodways and Landscapes; and Strengthening Indigenous Philanthropy and Promoting Native Leadership.

The strategic priorities of our grantmaking on the Colorado Plateau under these themes include:

  • Enhancing food sovereignty through support for Native farmers, herders and ranchers and by bolstering local markets and economic opportunities
  • Increasing resiliency by fortifying regional and community seed banks and access to natural resources
  • Increasing pride and supporting knowledge exchange around Native foodways and land-based livelihoods through vibrant cultural practices and celebrations
  • Supporting Indigenously-controlled grant making institutions
  • Deepening and expanding inter-tribal gathering processes across the Colorado Plateau to support leadership, understanding and collaboration between groups and across generations.

Program Status

After a decade of grantmaking on the Plateau, in 2014 The Christensen Fund committed to a four-year process to complete these lines of work in the region. We believe that this strategic time frame will enable us to increase our focus with our existing grantees and partners to deepen progress and amplify the incredible work that we have been privileged to support.

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GRANTMAKING TEAM


Kyra Busch

Kyra Busch

Program Officer, Agrobiodiversity & Resilient Biocultural Landscapes
Milena Miyashiro

Milena Miyashiro

Grants Manager