Culture, language and storytelling are powerful medicine. They create healing spaces to connect deeply with who we are, to process trauma and harness the power of clarity and resilience. Honest relationships, that support creative thinking and problem-solving help us build communities where people feel seen, heard and valued.
At The Roundhouse Foundation, we strive to elevate the Indigenous voices of the region we have the privilege of working to support. We engage deeply, with humility, as a partner – not just a funder. Recently our organization has undergone a transformative period of growth. With this increased opportunity we have prioritized building relationships with Tribal Nations and communities including support for Indigenous-led and Tribally-serving organizations. In 2021, 24 percent of our grant dollars had an explicit benefit to Indigenous communities and Tribal Nations.**
In addition to the nine federally recognized Tribes in the state of Oregon, we work to honor and recognize the 54 historic bands of Indigenous people who once called this region home. We also bridge across colonized state lines and broaden our work to build relationships across state borders.
As a family-run foundation grounded in the roots of our matriarch, we believe in sharing generational wisdom. We believe in learning from those who came before us and inspiring future generations by supporting opportunities to share and encourage others to understand those teachings and teachers. We believe in the importance of understanding the history and many challenges faced by all the Indigenous communities of our region while also honoring the culture and celebrating the successes of Native peoples today.
The Roundhouse Foundation staff and trustees continue to learn and approach each new relationship with humility. Ultimately, together, we rise alongside our Indigenous partners to ensure an authentic, accurate and current Native American narrative is highlighted and supported both culturally and economically.
**The Roundhouse Foundation used similar methodology to identify Explicit Benefit as defined by the Native Americans in Philanthropy 2019 report ‘Investing in Native Communities.’