How We Work
RAVEN takes on fundraising for groundbreaking challenges in partnership with Indigenous Nations.
RAVEN responds to Applications for Support from Indigenous Nations across Canada.
We also have an Intervenor Fund established to bring Indigenous perspectives to legal challenges without Nations having to shoulder the entire financial burden of bringing a case through the justice system. Learn more or apply here.
We submit all applications to rigorous analysis via our RAVEN Advisory Panel, and engage in a process with our Board of Directors to determine our capacity to take on new campaigns.
Once approved, RAVEN enters into partnership agreements with Nations. We are not lawyers, nor are we a grant-making organization: we are fundraisers.
We work collaboratively with Nations to shape a campaign. We engage in public education and outreach centered around Indigenous People's stories of what’s at stake – for communities and for the environment.
Through digital campaigns, events, and partnerships with allied organizations, we engage our very active community to fundraise on behalf of the Nations.
We build coalitions with movement leaders, grassroots organizations and passionate supporters to fundraise, organize events, fundraise online and engage businesses in stepping up for Indigenous rights.
When we partner with Indigenous Nations, we set out to raise funds which are held in trust and disbursed at the direction of our Partner Nations to the law firms they have chosen to work with.
Gift acceptance policy
RAVEN welcomes donations that support our mission with gratitude. The principal basis for making a gift should be the desire on the part of the donor to support the mission, programs, and objectives of RAVEN.
RAVEN’s values are rooted in human rights and environmental integrity. Our Gift Acceptance Policy reflects RAVEN’s goal to identify those gifts made to RAVEN that align with RAVEN’s values and work towards RAVEN’s mission.
Like most charities, we also have to raise the money to keep the doors open. Our standard practice is to use 15% of funds raised to pay for RAVEN’s core operations: that amount now goes to our Discretionary Litigation Fund which puts those administration fees toward whichever of RAVEN's legal campaigns need it most.