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American Indian College Fund President and CEO, Cheryl Crazy Bull, Named as Member of the Thrive Leaders Network

The Kresge Foundation Launched Thrive Leaders Network to Celebrate and Support Nonprofit Leaders of Color

September 22, 2022, Denver, Colo.— The Kresge Foundation has named Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, a member of the newly created Thrive Leaders Network. The Kresge Foundation’s Education Program recently launched the Thrive Leaders Network with a $500,000 grant in unrestricted funds to support leaders of color. The Thrive Leaders Network is designed to provide grantee leaders of color in the Education Program portfolio and other partners with flexible leadership enrichment resources to support their sustainability and growth as sector leaders.

The program provides $10,000 unrestricted stipends to support the leadership and well-being of 40 executive directors over the course of one year. Participating leaders can choose to receive coaching support and participate in a cohort-based learning series to build community, strengthen skills, and help navigate the challenges and opportunities of leading college access and success organizations during challenging times.

“I am very thankful for this timely award and am looking forward to networking and learning from diverse non-profit leaders and coaches,” Crazy Bull said regarding this honor. “I am particularly interested in how to apply DEI principles to Native non-profits and to share what I learn with other Native organizations.”

About the American Indian College Fund—The American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native higher education for 33 years. The College Fund believes “Education is the answer” and provided $15.5 million in scholarships and other direct student support to American Indian students in 2020-21. Since its founding in 1989 the College Fund has provided more than $259 million in scholarships, programmatic and community support. The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at the nation’s 35 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations, ensuring students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators and is one of the nation’s top 100 charities named to the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit

Journalists—The American Indian College Fund does not use the acronym AICF. On second reference, please use the College Fund.

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