Over the next ten years Oweesta commits to reaching new Native communities and people throughout the country and assisting them with the development of permanent, stable, and appropriate asset building institutions, programs, and systems to address poverty and education issues. Oweesta will do this through adding new loan products, new capacity building programs and services, and new online resources. Specifically, Oweesta and its partners, clients and constituencies will address the 'Four Sectors of Challenge' in Native communities that prevent the creation of jobs, new business, homeowners, and financially savvy Native people and nations: 1) Physical Infrastructure; 2) Financial Infrastructure; 3) Governmental and Legal Infrastructure; and 4) Social and Cultural Infrastructure
Oweesta has become an innovator in training and technical assistance provision and must keep building upon those successes. In addition, they are working to develop activities and programs in the areas of research, policy, and advocacy. Oweesta knows that educating Native leaders and community members is key to creating long-term change and institutionalizing the advances made together. They commit to creating robust research and advocacy programs that provide education and information that links to the intensive community development services they offer. This includes full support for the Native Financial Education Coalition (www.nfec.info) and Our Native Circle Online Resource Center (www.ournativecircle.org).
To move to the next level of work and lasting impact, Oweesta needs to add new capacity building training and technical assistance programs for Native CDFIs and asset building organizations, expanding and improving upon the foundational programs they offer now. This would include, but not be limited to:
- Additional online and in-person training courses.
- New and expanded financial education training-of-trainer curricula around diverse topics.
- Site-based technical assistance for start-up and mature organizations and programs.
- New and expanded local needs assessment and market study capacity that includes broader infrastructure analysis.
- Long-term support for the Native Financial Education Coalition and its activities.
- Long-term support for the Our Native Circle Online Resource Center.
- Consistent and long-term education and advocacy campaigns regarding financial management for Native leaders, community members, and organizations.
- Fully-funded research, policy, and advocacy programs that complement the on-the-ground capacity building programs and services they provide.
Oweesta will expand capacity building programs and services for:
- Native CDFI and related institution development (Institution Development Department).
- Financial education, IDAs, tax credit/preparation, homebuyer education, etc. (Financial Education & Asset Building Department).
- Entrepreneurship systems, governance, business environment, etc. (Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development Department).
- Each effort will affect Native communities throughout the U.S. each year over a ten-year period.
Oweesta will expand the breadth and depth of the Our Native Circle (www.ournativecircle.org <http://www.ournativecircle.org>) website, The Native Community Development Resource Center to include new resource areas including advanced sample documents, governmental and legal information, active blogs, forums, and calendared events - affecting all Native community development practitioners, in particular the members (free) of Our Native Circle over the ten-year period.
In order to continue to deliver a consistent and coordinated set of programs, Oweesta will expand the Team Oweesta extranet on Oweesta.org, a private, password protected area for all the Team Oweesta staff and consultants working on all of the projects, clients and initiatives. The backbone of this has already been built but now it requires research, document collection and collation, and upkeep on calendar events, memos, etc. to enhance the ability of the consultants and staff to serve a wide variety of Native clients.
By year five, Oweesta will develop a state-of-the-art training center for trainings and technical assistance to the Native organizations, tribes, etc. that Oweesta serves, allowing for cost savings for their clients, for Oweesta, and for establishing a more self-sufficient organization over time - affecting Native communities throughout the U.S. each year over ten year period
Oweesta will develop a Policy and Advocacy department to address the issues as described above - affecting Native communities throughout the U.S. each year over a ten-year period.
They will develop a Research department to provide research on issues in community development and nation building for Native communities around Oweesta and its partners' target issues - affecting Native communities throughout the U.S. each year over ten year period.
- Number of newly incorporated Native CDFIs (ten years): 80.
- Number of newly established financial education programs in local Native communities (ten years): 400.
- Number of new members on Our Native Circle (ten years): 250.
- Number of newly certified financial education trainers (ten years): 300.
- Number of new loans to qualified Native CDFIs and related institutions (ten years): 100.
- Number of new loan products developed for use in constituent communities (ten years): 4.
- Number of new members to Online Resource Center and Native Financial Education Coalition (ten years): 200.