Success Stories

Community Futures Collective (CFC) was founded in 2002 to provide fiscal sponsorship, infrastructure development and support for advocacy and service organizations.

These are our success stories. These organizations now have their own independent nonprofit status.


The Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival

Community Futures Collective is the Administrator for, not fiscal sponsor of, The Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival.

The Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival is an organization devoted to implementing and supporting the revitalization of indigenous California languages. Its mission is to assist California Indians in language maintenance and renewal. California was and still is one of the most linguistically diverse parts of the world. Estimates as to how many indigenous languages were spoken here before contact range from 80 to 100. There are presently 50 indigenous languages that still have one or more native speakers, though these numbers are dwindling fast. There are also at least 30 languages with no native speakers left with descendents who desperately want to regain their languages. The Advocates mission is to make their efforts successful. It is the dream of the Advocates that California Indian languages will once again be spoken in native communities.

When Native American languages die, we all lose part of our heritage. Beyond the linguistically important loss of grammatical, semantic and cognitive aspects of these native languages so much more is being lost. Unique world-views, oral literature and whole bodies of knowledge disappear with each vanishing tongue. More importantly, language loss is a human rights issue. The native communities of California have had their languages taken from them involuntarily. Indigenous people view their languages as the bearers of their culture, transmitter of their ceremonies and record of their history, their way of life and their very identity. Efforts to revitalize or regain lost languages are complex and difficult, in most cases there are only a few elderly speakers left, none of whom are trained to teach the language. There are also no pedagogical materials for most languages and only rarely written records. Even extant speakers have little or no opportunity to use their language, so the language is never even heard.


Common Ground Relief

Community Futures Collective is pleased to announce that Common Ground Relief has acquired independent non-profit status and no longer needs to utilize our services as fiscal sponsor. CFC’s director will continue to work with Common Ground Relief as the treasurer of the organization's board of directors. Community Futures is proud to have supported the development of Common Ground and its grass-roots efforts in the city of New Orleans. This has been a monumental recovery effort that will last for more years. Community Futures is honored to have worked with Common Ground over the last two years to seek out the root causes of social problems in New Orleans and pose new solutions that are equitable and sustainable. We have been inspired by the remarkable outpouring of energy, time and resources from the 12,000 volunteers and 3,000 donors that have been the life-blood of Common Ground’s efforts. Community Futures wishes Common Ground the best of luck in continuing their important work.

Please visit Common Ground's website for more info www.commongroundrelief.org


Common Ground Women's Shelter

In October 2007, Community Futures turned over the fiscal sponsorship of the Common Ground Women's Shelter to New Orleans' based Congregation, Gates of Prayer. Now called the New Orleans Women's Shelter, the project has separated into its own operations and is independently run by Gates of Prayer.

For more info on the women's shelter please contact the Gates of Prayer Congregation in Metairie, LA.

www.gatesofprayer.org


Injunuity: The Show

Injunuity will be divided into nine three-minute episodes or segments. Each episode will cover one topic and will play like a music video. The end result will be a swirl of words, animation and music, a mix of poignant stories, factual histories and humor. While the real audio of each segment tells one story, the animation will be used to either support that story or provide juxtaposition or irony, depending on the overall message we’re trying to communicate. Needless to say, there will be more than one layer of storytelling in each episode.

The segments will be shown in a chronological timeline of themes, beginning at the beginning (Creation Myth) and ending with thoughts about where we are headed in the future - as Native Americans as well as an entire race (Future Natives). In between we will explore a variety of topics and ideas that shape our lives and minds: first contact, the warrior, the environment, language preservation, two-spirits. And while we will explore topics that deal with our shared past, the goal of the show is not simply to re-visit our history, but to help define the future, to focus on where we’re going as well as where we’ve been.


Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG)

Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG) is a volunteer-based San Francisco organization. We publish a magazine with art, essays, poetry, photos from young Natives across the Americas. We also put out a music CD featuring Native musicians from across the country. We are currently holding three types of multimedia workshops: Indigenous Media for youth 11-18 where they learn video filming and editing, music production, photography, writing, screen-printing and design; Audio Media for youth 19-25 who learn how to make audio collages with the Freedom Archives Alcatraz project; and Rez Eyez, a collaboration with Robinson Rancheria that teaches youth on the reservation photography. Contact us at SNAGMAGAZINE@YAHOO.COM to be involved.


Longest Walk 2

On February 11, 2008, Longest Walk 2 participants embarked on a five- month journey across America from San Francisco, CA to Washington, D.C. arriving on July 11, 2008. In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the historic Longest Walk of 1978 that resulted in historic changes for Native America, hundreds of communities are participating in the Longest Walk of 2008 to raise awareness about issues impacting our world environment, to protect Sacred Sites and to clean up Mother Earth. The Longest Walk 2 is an extraordinary grassroots effort on a national level to bring attention to the environmental disharmony of Mother Earth. The Longest Walk 2 intends to create educational awareness about the health and wellbeing of Our Mother Earth, The health and wellbeing of our people and communities and the protection and preservation of Sacred Sites.

Community Futures Collective is acting as the Longest Walk fiscal sponsor. To make donations please visit the Longest Walk website.