CDFI Lakota Funds Selected to Participate in Starbucks Foundation Grant Program


Lakota Funds, a Native community development financial institution (CDFI) based on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, was selected to be one of 124 non-profit organizations across the country to participate in Starbucks Community Card: Vote. Give. Grow., a program that gives every Starbucks customer with a Starbucks Card the opportunity to help determine how the Starbucks Foundation distributes $4 million amongst the non-profit participants.

The CDFI has the chance to win $15,000, dependent upon community votes, states a Lakota Funds press release.

“We are honored to be the only CDFI chosen to participate in Starbucks’ Vote. Give. Grow. program," stated Tawney Brunsch, executive director of Lakota Funds. "As one of the longest-standing Native CDFIs in the country, it is so exciting to see CDFIs getting national recognition as proven vehicles for driving economic development. We encourage our supporters to vote for Lakota Funds every week through the month of April!”

Each week throughout April, customers can cast a vote for one of four non-profit organizations in their own community. Votes will be tallied at the end of April and the $4 million from the Starbucks Foundation will be distributed based on the number of votes each organization receives. Every participating non-profit will receive a portion of the funding so that their programs can continue to help neighborhood residents access services that help them gain education, housing, and employment.

To vote, customers with a registered Starbucks Card can visit www.starbucks.com/VoteGiveGrow beginning Sunday, April 1.