Supporting The Native Cultures Fund 

River as Home, a 2013 exhibit of Native art at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, was sponsored by the Native Cultures Fund.


The Native Cultures Fund gratefully accepts donations of all sizes to be used to support Native cultural and community health in California. The funds go directly to Native led grants and programs.

Fiscal Transparency

In 2014 the Native Cultures Fund received a 1 million dollar endowment from Eunice C. Nielsen in the form of the Jack Montoya Fund for the Preservation of Native American Culture. Ms. Nielsen also bequeathed $4 million to the Jack Montoya Memorial Scholarship Fund for Native students in California who are strengthening their cultures.

Both Jack Montoya endowments are meant to last in perpetuity, so Humboldt Area Foundation invests them and NCF make grants from the interest, currently at 4.5% annually. Humboldt Area Foundation also takes a 1.75% fee from the interest to cover staff salaries and overhead. All programs are supported by partnerships with outside foundations, institutions including the Hewlett Foundation, The California Endowment, The James Irvine Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and donors like you.

Donations can be made through the Humboldt Area Foundation's website, by clicking here, but we also welcome the opportunity to speak with you personally. To reach our program director, Lindsie Bear, call (707) 442-2993.



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