Spirit Mountain Community Fund (SMCF) is our Tribe’s, The Grand Ronde Tribe’s, arm for corporate social responsibility. It has several giving programs aimed at various project areas including education, health, arts & culture, the environment and others. Last year SMCF reached the important milestone of over $50 million in giving since its inception. For more information visit Spirit Mountain Community Fund website.
I am proud that our Tribe is generous. It would be great if our membership could be more engaged in this giving. By engaged, I mean each Tribal member having a voice for giving, each Tribal member having a personal understanding and connection to grant recipients.
As a Tribal member, if you could give $100 to any charity who would you give it to? The charity would have to be an organization either governmental or a non-profit. For example, you could give it to a school sports program, a local humane society, the Boy Scouts, your church, or to any one of the several hundred other charities in your community.
Now what if, somehow, you could direct $100 of giving from SMCF to that charity and the donation would be made on your behalf. Would you want to have that kind of voice in giving?
Just an idea I thought I would float out to our Tribal membership. What do you think?