Community Outreach

Central to the core values of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians is an unwavering commitment to aid those who are in need and to support programs that strengthen local communities. Through our Community Outreach Department, Morongo has provided more than $5 million over the past five years to support local and national non-profit organizations which serve our surrounding region as well as greater Southern California. These non-profit organizations include veterans and military groups, homeless shelters, family support services, educational services and hospitals. Morongo traditionally receives hundreds of funding requests annually, and that number has risen dramatically in recent years as the Inland Empire continues to struggle with the lingering economic crisis gripping the U.S.  It is our privilege to give back to the surrounding communities in a way that positively impacts those who live here, and we diligently seek sponsorship of organizations which fulfill that vision. In an effort to better meet the growing challenge presented by the current economic conditions, we are implementing new procedures in 2012 that include calling on our Community Outreach Committee to visit many of the organizations who are seeking funding. Through these site visits, our committee will be better able to evaluate and prioritize requests by witnessing firsthand how the funds will be used. This critical data will assist the committee in assessing where resources are most needed, and how that funding can best be utilized. From families to children, veterans and seniors, Morongo strives to make a difference to those who are in need of medical care, clothing, food and shelter. We support charitable organizations across Inland Southern California, organizations that are experiencing reduced donations and a decreased availability in grant monies as a result of the current economic climate. Morongo remains committed to helping bridge that gap by providing aid where it will have the greatest benefit to the less fortunate, and we will continue to work diligently to give back to our community and provide a beacon of hope to those with whom we share that community. 


Support of Local and Outside Charities

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians support charities both in and outside of the Pass area. Morongo has assisted the community in many ways –  from being a Diamond Sponsor to San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital to its support of Carol’s Kitchen to providing an evacuation center during the Esperanza fire.

The Tribe also contributes to organizations that have an state and national impact. Support of organizations like the American Red Cross allows Morongo to help people in need all over the country.

Morongo Donations
How to Apply

Dear Morongo Community Outreach Applicant:

Below you will find an outline of our application process. Please be advised that we will be strictly following these guidelines and funding will not be available to those who do not meet all criteria.

There will be five categories under which an organization’s need must be classified:

  • Native American Culture: e.g., Museums, Language Preservation, Music, Storytelling, Art, or other Activities involving Native culture
  • Social Services: e.g., Programs addressing social issues (Domestic Violence, Elders, At-Risk Youth, Child Abuse); Homeless Shelters providing meals
  • Education: e.g.,  Programs serving at-risk Youth from Low-Income Households, Literacy Programs, Libraries
  • Hospitals/Health Organizations: e.g., Medical Equipment and Programs, Health Care for families, Vision and Hearing Programs for Elders, Wellness Programs
  • Military and Military Families support groups: e.g., Veterans Organizations

Preference will be given to Federally-recognized tribes, native communities, and organizations located in the Banning/San Gorgonio Pass area (Whitewater/Palm Springs to Moreno Valley to Calimesa).

All required documentation listed below must be submitted with the application. If all of the documents are not received, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be processed. A complete application packet will include:

  • Funding Request Application
  • Proposal Letter or Request Letter
  • List of the Organization’s Board of Directors
  • The Organization’s Articles of Incorporation
  • The Organization’s By-laws
  • The IRS Letter confirming the 501(c)(3) Status of the organization
  • The Budget for the program or event for which the donation is being requested
  • The organization’s previous year’s financial statement
  • An itemizes list or detail description regarding exactly how the funding will be used 

Non-profit organizations may apply for a financial donation only once per year. Duplicate applications submitted within the same year will be denied. Morongo Community Outreach does not fund Galas, administrative costs (including staff salaries), golf tournaments, or any sports (including but not limited to Little League, Booster Clubs, or cheerleading).

In the event you are missing any of the above required documents, you will notified by mail or e-mail and your application will be put on hold. If after six (6) months all the required documentation is not received, your application will be destroyed, and a new one will be required.

All application packets are destroyed at the end of the funding cycle. Even if you have submitted an application in the past, you will be required to submit a new application and all required documents each time you wish to apply for funding.



Support of Local and Outside Charities

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians support charities both in and outside of the Pass area. Morongo has assisted the community in many ways –  from being a Diamond Sponsor to San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital to its support of Carol’s Kitchen to providing an evacuation center during the Esperanza fire.

The Tribe also contributes to organizations that have an state and national impact. Support of organizations like the American Red Cross allows Morongo to help people in need all over the country.

The Morongo Community Outreach Committee may like to visit your organization before making a decision regarding funding; you will be notified if this is the case.

Donations
How to Apply

Dear Morongo Community Outreach Applicant:

Below you will find an outline of our application process. Please be advised that we will be strictly following these guidelines and funding will not be available to those who do not meet all criteria.

There will be five categories under which an organization’s need must be classified:

  • Native American Culture: e.g., Museums, Language Preservation, Music, Storytelling, Art, or other Activities involving Native culture
  • Social Services: e.g., Programs addressing social issues (Domestic Violence, Elders, At-Risk Youth, Child Abuse); Homeless Shelters providing meals
  • Education: e.g.,  Programs serving at-risk Youth from Low-Income Households, Literacy Programs, Libraries
  • Hospitals/Health Organizations: e.g., Medical Equipment and Programs, Health Care for families, Vision and Hearing Programs for Elders, Wellness Programs
  • Military and Military Families support groups: e.g., Veterans Organizations

Preference will be given to Federally-recognized tribes, native communities, and organizations located in the Banning/San Gorgonio Pass area (Whitewater/Palm Springs to Moreno Valley to Calimesa).

All required documentation listed below must be submitted with the application. If all of the documents are not received, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be processed. A complete application packet will include:

  • Funding Request Application
  • Proposal Letter or Request Letter
  • List of the Organization’s Board of Directors
  • The Organization’s Articles of Incorporation
  • The Organization’s By-laws
  • The IRS Letter confirming the 501(c)(3) Status of the organization
  • The Budget for the program or event for which the donation is being requested
  • The organization’s previous year’s financial statement
  • An itemizes list or detail description regarding exactly how the funding will be used 

Non-profit organizations may apply for a financial donation only once per year. Duplicate applications submitted within the same year will be denied. Morongo Community Outreach does not fund Galas, administrative costs (including staff salaries), golf tournaments, or any sports (including but not limited to Little League, Booster Clubs, or cheerleading).

In the event you are missing any of the above required documents, you will notified by mail or e-mail and your application will be put on hold. If after six (6) months all the required documentation is not received, your application will be destroyed, and a new one will be required.

All application packets are destroyed at the end of the funding cycle. Even if you have submitted an application in the past, you will be required to submit a new application and all required documents each time you wish to apply for funding.

Apply to our Community Outreach Program today!

Please note the annual “Thanksgiving Outreach” is a separate application process. If you wish to apply for turkeys, those applications will be located on our website www.morongonation.org under the tab “Community Outreach” and the sub-tab labeled “Thanksgiving”. The Thanksgiving Application is due by March 7, 2018.

Thanksgiving Outreach

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Morongo Band of Mission Indians 2019 Turkey Outreach.

Please note the following before submitting your application.

  1. All applications must have the following documents included:
    • Request letter
    • 2019 Turkey Recipient Signature List OR
    • 2019 Thanksgiving Dinner Report
    • List of current Board Members
    • Copy of your Articles of Incorporation
    • By-laws
    • Federal Tax ID letter confirming your organization’s non-profit status
    • Proposed budget
    • Current Financial Statements
    • Any other pertinent background information necessary
    • (If your organization does not have one or more of the above listed documents, please indicate this in your letter. Any missing information will deny processing of your application.)
       
  2. All requesting organizations must be certified tax exempt 501(c).
  3. Preference will be given to organizations who will be preparing and using the turkeys to provide cooked meals.
  4. If your organization is also requesting funding, please submit a separate Morongo Community Outreach Funding Application.
  5. TURKEY OUTREACH APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON APRIL 15, 2019. LATE AND/OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

If you have any questions, please contact Community Outreach at CommunityOutreach@morongo-nsn.gov

The Morongo Community Outreach Committee meets in July/August to process the Thanksgiving applications. Award letters will be sent out between September and October.