First Nations Development Institute Receives Support from Comcast Valued at $1 Million-Plus

First Nations Development Institute Receives Support from Comcast Valued at $1

PR Newswire

LONGMONT, Colo., Jan. 3, 2013

LONGMONT, Colo., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- First Nations
Development Institute (First Nations) today announced it has received $20,000
from the Comcast Foundation to fund production of video public service
advertisements (PSAs), plus $1 million worth of airtime from Comcast to
broadcast the PSAs.


The grant from the Comcast Foundation is in recognition of Comcast's
commitment to the communities where its customers and employees live and
work. Since its founding in 1999, the Comcast Foundation has distributed more
than $123 million in cash support of programs implemented locally in Comcast
communities. First Nations is headquartered in Longmont, Colo., near Denver,
and it serves Native American communities throughout the United States.

"This is truly a visionary gift to us," noted Michael E. Roberts, president of
First Nations. "There is such an urgent need in American Indian communities
for the economic development work that we do, but we can only grow our reach,
capacity and successes by building more public awareness and understanding of
the issues involved with Native American communities. This grant will be a
huge step toward creating that heightened awareness and understanding, plus
hopefully attracting more charitable dollars for our efforts."

Bill Black, vice president and executive director of the Comcast Foundation,
said, "First Nations is universally recognized as the longtime leader in
economic development in Indian Country, and Comcast is proud to be their
partner in this important initiative. Comcast and the Comcast Foundation are
committed to helping improve communities nationwide so that everyone,
regardless of economic circumstances, has an opportunity to pursue a better

First Nations hopes to launch its PSA campaign early in 2013 in selected
Comcast cable TV markets around the United States, after first producing the
spots locally with Comcast's production funding.

About First Nations Development Institute
First Nations works to "Strengthen American Indian Economies to Support
Healthier Native Communities" by improving economic conditions for Native
Americans through technical assistance and training, advocacy and policy, and
direct financial grants in five key areas:

  oFinancial and investor education
  oCombating predatory lending
  oNative American business and asset development
  oStrengthening Native American nonprofit organizations
  oImproving Native food systems and health.

First Nations supports economic development projects across the U.S. for
American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. Founded in
1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Since
then, it has provided $18.9 million in grants to 814 Native programs and
projects in 36 states. The organization works to restore Native American
control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they
land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to
establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American

About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to
provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations.The
foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive,
sustainable impact on their communities. The foundation has three community
investment priorities – promoting community service, expanding digital
literacy, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast
Foundation has donated more than $123 million to organizations in the
communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the
Foundation and its programs is available at

Randy Blauvelt, First Nations Senior Communications Officer
(303) 774-7836 or

Katie Lubenow, Comcast
(215) 286-5691 or

SOURCE First Nations Development Institute

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