WHO WE ARE
Originally a farm girl from Indiana who learned how to drive a tractor, plant seeds and grow crops at a young age, Beverly Santicola has turned her agricultural childhood and lifetime work experiences into a purpose driven mission to grow a new generation of leaders for the future of America. She is an award winning film producer, social entrepreneur, idea generator, problem solver, program developer, project facilitator, public speaker, and grant writing consultant. Over the past ten years Santicola has focused her expertise and energy in the arenas of community development, youth leadership, and collaborative partnership building for government agencies, national associations, Native American Tribes and Native Hawaiian nonprofits. Working with a team of professional grant writers that have generated more than $800 million in grant funding for clients, she has been nationally recognized for social innovation and leadership excellence by the US Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs in connection with the Tiwahe Initiative, as well as Encore.org as a 2010 and 2014 Purpose Prize Fellow sponsored by the Atlantic Philanthropies and John Templeton Foundation.
WHAT WE DO
NATIVE AMERICAN WORK
CROPS, under the executive leadership of Santicola, provides facilitation services for multiple grant funded programs communicating regularly with federal government officials to assure systemic integration and the implementation of coordinated service delivery systems. Major accomplishments include 1) $85M in new grants for Tribes; 2) co-leading the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe to be selected as one of four tribes in the US (out of 566 in the nation) to participate in a five year $10M Tiwahe Initiative; 3) working with the US Department of Agriculture to secure $9M in funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects; 4) designing, planning and coordinating the first ever Native-National Partnership Retreat that engaged 20 collaborating partners and 40 federal agencies in working to identify new resources; 4) developing a $2.1 solar plant project and $11M highway improvement project; and 5) and co-producing 4 two week film workshops with Films by Youth Inside and LA SKINS FEST where 50 Native American teens produced documentaries of life on the reservation. In the film projects youth wrote the scripts, acted the parts, filmed the project, recorded sound, and designed make-up and costumes. Their films have received attention and interest from the Native American Affiliate of PBS, National Endowment for the Arts, and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. In addition their first film ESCAPE won Best Student Film at the LA SKINS FEST in 2015 and the Jury Award at the 2016 Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival. The second film called the STRENGTH OF SIBLINGS was selected to be featured in the 2017 Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival in May, as well as LA SKINS FEST in November where they won the Best Film Award and Community Leadership Award respectively.