SUQUAMISH — Money donated to the community by the Suquamish Tribe in 2011 helped pay for health care services, textbooks, youth sports equipment, local programs for veterans, and myriad other causes in Kitsap County.
All told, a total of $722,217 was granted to 141 nonprofits agencies and organizations.
On April 25, those organizations and the Suquamish Tribe will get together for dinner and to learn of each other’s nonprofit work in the community.
The event is called “Spirit of Giving,” 6 p.m. at Kiana Lodge. The Suquamish Tribe is hosting. The event is invitation only; confirmed attendees include members of the Suquamish Tribal Council, Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson, Port Orchard Mayor Tim Matthes, Bremerton City Council members Ann Blair and Greg Wheeler, and representatives of more than 75 non-profit and service organizations from Kitsap and the Puget Sound area.
The event will include a presentation highlighting projects that received funding in 2011; the amount of donations and sponsorships from the Suquamish Tribe in 2012 will be unveiled.
Speakers include Suquamish Tribe Councilmember Robin Sigo, Suquamish Chairman Leonard Forsman, and Suquamish Tribe Communications Coordinator April Leigh.
Leigh said the Tribe plans to do the event annually.
“There are so many donations that occur,” she said. “We wanted to have an event where all organizations that receive grants get together, so they can see the impact that the Tribal Council and the organizations have collectively on the greater community. It gives a tangible view of the work done by non-profits, and a tangible view of the Suquamish Tribe and the role it plays in the greater community.”
Leigh would not disclose the amount Suquamish donated in 2012; that information is being held until the event at Kiana Lodge. But she did say there were 202 grantees in 2012.
The Suquamish Tribe is a sovereign, or self-governing, indigenous nation. Suquamish and the United States are signatories to the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855 and have a government-to-government relationship.
Money donated to the community comes from several sources: Appendix X grants, which are funded by gaming revenues and are awarded by the Tribal Council; the Port Madison Enterprises Board of Directors Fund; Port Madison Enterprises sponsorships and donations; and Port Madison Enterprises employee donations.
Port Madison Enterprises is the economic development arm of the Suquamish Tribe. Funds awarded by PME and its board are not derived from gaming revenues, Leigh said.