In the fall of 2010, Cherokee Preservation Foundation adopted a new Strategic Plan to guide its work. The following Goals and Strategies were developed as part of that process, which included extensive discussion with community members, local leaders, grantees and other stakeholders.
Those seeking support from the Foundation need to review this information prior to preparing a grant application, and must then show how the proposed program or project would help achieve one or more of the Foundation’s stated goals and strategies.
Goal: Improved quality of life for members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) by helping tribal members live, share and preserve the Cherokee culture.
Culture-based Leadership Development
- Support leadership programs that are grounded in traditional Cherokee cultural values.
- Identify and support formalized ways to keep new leaders connected with each other and aware of opportunities to help the community.
- Support the learning, teaching, and encouragement of civic participation and selfless leadership.
- Support selected cultural exchange experiences that encourage enrolled EBCI members and neighbors in western North Carolina to expand their horizons and teach others about the Cherokee culture.
Learning and Preserving Cherokee Culture
- Support the sharing and teaching of Cherokee history and culture throughout the western North Carolina region, utilizing programming developed by or with the Cherokee community.
- Support the means for tribal members to interact with cultural experts so that future generations will understand, value and maintain Cherokee culture, language and values.
- Facilitate opportunities for Cherokee artists to improve their art and business skills so they can better their quality of life.
Cherokee Language Revitalization
- Support start-up and expansion of community-based language programming to encourage tribal members on the Qualla Boundary and in the western North Carolina region, especially second language learners.
- Support the development of supplemental materials for teaching Cherokee to pre-schoolers on the Qualla Boundary, students in the Cherokee school system, and students at institutions of higher learning in western North Carolina.
- Support language training of current and future teachers so they can teach Cherokee language courses, as well as Standard Course of Study curriculum to students in the Cherokee language.
- Apply learning from all language revitalization efforts to refine strategies, create new approaches and update the overall plan for language revitalization.
Economic & Workforce Development
Goal: To encourage a healthy, diverse economy on the Qualla Boundary and in western North Carolina that is based on a strong technology infrastructure, a future-ready work force, entrepreneurial small businesses, and authentic and exciting cultural tourism attractions.
Business Research and Investment
- Support research that defines business and service needs in Cherokee.
- Encourage projects that support new businesses and services to diversify the economy on the Qualla Boundary and in western North Carolina.
- Support efforts that make the Qualla Boundary more business-friendly.
Technology and Skill Development
- Support widespread use of high-speed Internet and training for digital literacy and other work skills necessary for a future-ready workforce.
Comprehensive Community Planning
- Work closely with EBCI Tribal departments and local nonprofit organizations to create a comprehensive approach to building a more diverse economy.
- Encourage grantseekers to work with EBCI Tribal departments to understand potential impacts of the projects they wish to undertake.
- Provide support for culturally authentic projects that would enhance the downtown and cultural district areas.
- Advance the sustainability of cultural attractions that are critical to sharing Cherokee culture through the development of a comprehensive marketing strategy, high-quality visitor experiences and strong business practices.
- Ensure visitation and other marketing data is gathered and analyzed to inform, improve and increase investment on the Qualla Boundary.
Expansion of Entrepreneurship
- Encourage successful entrepreneurship on the Qualla Boundary and in western North Carolina that will lead to a more vibrant and diverse economy.
- Work with local schools and institutions of higher learning in the region to expand and strengthen promising entrepreneurial and best business practice programs.
- Continue to support local organizations providing financial education and outreach, and help make financial literacy education an integral element of how the EBCI prepares its next generation for responsibility and success.
Goal: To support actions driven by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) that lead to more effective use of energy, land and other resources and benefit the next seven generations.
Protecting and Renewing Natural Resources
- Support efforts on the Qualla Boundary and in western North Carolina around environmentally friendly practices such as increasing energy efficiency, developing local use of alternative energy, expanded recycling and others.
- Support collaboration between the EBCI, federal and state government, and nonprofit organizations that will lead to more effective use of land and natural resources, thereby fostering environmental sustainability that will benefit future generations.
Expanding Raw Materials Availability for Local Artisans
- Support community-based projects, convenings, training and data sharing that result in increased availability and use of traditional artisan resources for local EBCI artists.
Supporting Environmental Education
- Encourage and support environmental demonstration projects that have a well-planned public outreach component.
- Support development and use of a culturally relevant environmental curriculum created in collaboration with the local Cherokee community.