• The Hopi Foundation The Hopi Foundation


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Mission Statement

To foster self-reliance, self suffeciency, a sense of pride; to recognize ability and the commitment to pass on learning to our own people; and to give back. We are driven by the honest motivation to sincerely try to help others help themselves.


A non-profit located on the Hopi reservation in Northern Arizona organized since 1987. Since its inception, the Foundation has initiated innovative approaches to enhance and preserve the Hopi traditional way of life, while at the same time, meeting the challenges of a modern and highly technological era. The Foundation team with the help of the Hopi communities has developed and implemented several projects. An educational scholarship fund distributed approximately 12,000 books to primary and high school students on the Hopi and other Indian reservations, sacred objects were retrieved and returned to respective villages, ancient clan hourses and piki houses were restored, a Solar Electric Enterprise was established to bring vital electric power to rural homes and village residents, Ecuadorian natives were trailned to install photovoltaic systems, a local children's book authored by local children was published, a Center for the Prevention and Resolution of Violence was established to provide treatment and training programs working with individuals, families and communities in the Southwest to prevent or dimish violence and reconstruct lives traumatized by violence, provides the Steven Thayer Scholarship Award for Art, assisted in the development of Gentle Rain Designs, a small business producing apparel from recycled plastic pop bottles, provides an international anti-torture award named the BArbara Chester Award, and is the licensee for the first ever Hopi Radio station known as KUYI, 88.1 FM. The Foundation established an Endowment Fund for the enduring benefit of our community. It secures, manages and allocates donor's gifts for charitable purposes within the Hopi Nation, working to improve the quality of life for its peiple and villages. Through the Hopi Foundation we are creating a philanthropic vision for Hopi and bringing together people and resources. Guided by a local Hopi board of trustees, the Hopi Foundation supports villages and nonprofit programs and services to benefit local lives and create equal opportunities for all of our citizens in areas such as education, cultural preservation, scholarships, economic development, altenative energy, elderly assistance, healthcare and the arts. THe Hopi Foundation partnered with the Arizona Community Foundation to manage the Endowment Fund.

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