Service Outcomes

PWNA Service Outcomes

PWNA meets its mission through a dual approach – serving immediate needs and supporting long-term solutions on reservations in 9 priority states. We address six concerns or pillars of service, including food and water, education, health, emergency services, holiday support, and animal welfare. 

The people PWNA most directly impacts are our reservation Program Partners. Regardless of the partner’s core focus (e.g., nutrition, education, health, etc.), our main goal is to help improve reservation programs and develop local leaders who can drive social change. PWNA measures this change through partner-focused outcomes gathered through annual surveys. In turn, our partners work directly with community members on client-focused outcomes such as reducing hunger and disease rates or increasing graduation rates. PWNA’s program logic model shows that, as our Program Partners become more effective, they are more likely to create a positive impact in their communities. So, the continued growth of our partners moves us toward our vision of strong, self-sufficient Native American communities. For more information on impact, visit our Reports page and our Media Center.


To better understand how our work impacts individuals and families, we track the immediate volume and impact of the materials and seasonal services we provide, as well as long-term outcomes. Annually, this aid benefits up to 200,000 Native Americans living in underserved reservation communities.


PWNA provides essential materials and seasonal services for Northern Plains and Southwest reservations, education, and animal welfare. Yet, even while meeting immediate needs through these provisions, we are also having a long-term impact. This chart shows the results of anonymous surveys sent to our entire base of Material Services partners, at least half of whom respond. Our partners clearly report PWNA has a positive impact on them and their ability to better serve their communities.


PWNA’s long-term solutions (LTS) support initiatives that are led by our Program Partners and emerging leaders for sustainable gains in Tribal communities. Essentially, this includes capacity building, community investment, and higher education. These newer services are already yielding positive outcomes for partners, participants, and communities on the reservations. This chart shows the volume and results of recent sustainability and LTS projects.