The Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit, and until recently, was run entirely by volunteers. Funding for our work comes from many sources. The Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center, Inc., DBA Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland, was founded with a grant from the Oregon Trail Coordinating Council. This grant was matched with grants from Lamb Foundation, US Forest Service, Oregon Community Foundation, Cycle Oregon, Meyer Memorial Trust, Northeast Oregon Alliance, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and many gifts from individuals and businesses. The Rural Business Cooperative Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided funds for purchase of another 160 acres and further site development. A stock donation was used to begin a permanent endowment fund for site management and WBNPTIC, Inc. programs. The fund is managed for NPWH by the Oregon Community Foundation. Our most recent undertaking, the construction of a traditional Longhouse, was funded by donations, ranging from $10 to $75,000, from many individuals in the community and by generous support from Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, The Collins Foundation and Oregon Community Foundation.
It shouldn't go without saying, that so much of what makes our plans possible is the generousity of time and financial support of many individual donors from such incredibly varied backgrounds....and for that we say Qe’ciyew’yew’!