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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grants Potlatch Fund $400K

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed $5 million to nine community organizations benefiting people in rural and poverty-stricken areas across the Pacific Northwest.

Among the grant recipients, which act as philanthropic clearinghouses by passing on the grants to community nonprofits, is the Potlatch Fund, a Seattle-based grant-making foundation and leadership development organization. Formed in 2002 by Tribal organizations and funders, the Potlatch Fund is dedicated to expanding philanthropy within Tribal Nations and Native communities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. It received $400,000.

“Potlatch Fund began giving back in 2005, and last year we awarded our millionth dollar," Dana Arviso, executive director of the Potlatch Fund, previously told Indian Country Today Media Network. "In 2011, we awarded $271,900 through our four grant cycles: Canoe Journey, Community Building, Native Arts, and our Cedar Tree Fund.”

Recently, the Potlatch Fund was also the grateful recipient of more than $55,000 for Native initiatives from the Cultures of Giving Challenge, an online donor campaign supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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Check out what the Potlatch Fund's grants have enabled Pacific Northwestern communities to accomplish here.

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