Ways to Give Back
Support Our Work
By supporting Four Bands, you are creating economic opportunity for Native American entrepreneurs and families on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation and in the state of South Dakota. You will be partnering with us to replace poverty and dependency with employment and self-sufficiency.
Donations and investments are used to deliver proven programs to some of the nation’s most economically distressed areas.
Four Bands invites cash contributions in the form of check or credit card. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations to Four Bands are tax deductible.
Donate by Mail
Checks can be sent to:
Four Bands Community Fund
PO Box 932
Eagle Butte, SD 57625
Click below to donate using the secure PayPal platform.
Community Impact Investing
Community Impact Investing is a type of investing that has become more popular in recent years as more people are becoming aware of how they can use their dollars to make a difference in the world. Community Impact Investing not only brings a financial return, but also creates some type of a positive social impact.
Investing with Four Bands
Investing in Four Bands Community Fund is an excellent way for individuals to make their money matter while creating economic opportunity for others in the communities we serve. Four Bands offers flexible terms and rates to help you meet your investment goals. Your financial return will be similar to that of a certificate of deposit, but the social and economic impact of your investment will really be something to talk about.
Four Bands uses funds from our investors to relend to Native entrepreneurs that are starting or expanding a business. In addition, we use any revenue generated from our lending program to fund our asset building and youth programs. You can be assured that your investment in Four Bands will have a direct impact on job creation and retention, increasing income, and building financial skills for Native American individuals and families.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a Native community development financial institution (CDFI) certified by the US Treasury, Four Bands is an excellent investment vehicle for those looking to create sustainable community impact.
While Four Bands is not a federally regulated financial institution, we have received a rating from Aeris, an information service for community investors who champion economic justice in underserved markets. Since 2004, Aeris has provided data, analysis, and advisory services that support investment in CDFIs. Aeris’ proprietary CDFI ratings tool – CARS®, the CDFI Assessment and Ratings System – helps investors evaluate opportunities that meet their impact goals and risk parameters. More than 50 of the nation’s leading community investors subscribe to Aeris’ data and analysis products.
Impact Performance Rating: AA
The Impact Performance Rating is an assessment of how well our CDFI does what we say we are trying to do. This rating is based on an assessment of Four Bands’ effective use of our financial resources to achieve our stated mission and how our activities contribute to our mission and benefit disadvantaged people and communities. Available ratings for Impact Performance are AAA, AA, A and B; with AAA being the best. Four Bands received a rating of AA on Impact Performance.
Four Bands received the Policy Plus rating. Policy change is an integral part of this CDFI’s strategies. Four Bands leads initiatives to change government policy to benefit the community development finance industry or disadvantaged people and communities. We have provided evidence of its leadership role in recent policy changes that produced benefits beyond additional resources for the CDFI itself, and management can clearly articulate the CDFI’s leadership role in current policy activities.
Financial Strength and Performance Rating: 3
The rating for Financial Strength and Performance (FSP) is an assessment of Four Bands’ overall credit worthiness. This rating is based on an analysis of our past financial performance, current financial strength, and apparent risk factors. The methodology is based on the CAMEL analysis used by regulators to rate banks. CAMEL stands for Capital (or capitalization), Asset quality, Management (including strategy, governance, management and staff, and infrastructure and management information systems), Earnings, and Liquidity. Available ratings for Financial Strength and Performance are 1 to 5, with 1 being the best. Four Bands received a rating of 3 on Financial Strength and Performance.
Four Bands receives funding from a variety of sources, including private foundations, government agencies, banks, nonprofit organizations, tribes, and individuals. We’d like to thank our current supporters.
- 1st Financial Bank
- Bank of America
- Bush Foundation
- Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures
- Citi Foundation
- First Nations Development Institute
- First Nations Oweesta Corporation
- First Peoples Fund
- Veronica Frost
- HRK Foundation
- Jesse Noyes Foundation
- Johnson Foundation
- Kresge Foundation
- Northwest Area Foundation
- Small Business Administration
- US Administration for Children & Families, Administration for Native Americans and Assets for Independence
- Surdna Foundation
- US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
- US Department of Treasury, CDFI Fund