Events, Awards

The AIEBC welcomes you to our annual Christmas Event for 2016!

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Saturday, 17 December 2016
1pm to 6pm
Kickapoo Community Building
1073 Falcon Rd. Horton Ks. 66439
If you need assistance this year, please access the link below “Christmas Assistance” and fill out the form.
If you would like to have Santa send a card to your child, please fill in the “Special Instructions” at the bottom of the form

Christmas Assistance

Come meet with and celebrate with the AIEBC, the Kickapoo Elders, citizens of the Sac & Fox, Potawatomi, and the Ioway Tribes of Kansas.

Enjoy the complimentary dinner (We are working on the menu)
No matter what that dinner turns out to be though, it will most certainly include this!

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Be there when Santa arrives and hands out presents courtesy of Toys for Tots and my alma mater (as some would say), the United States Marine Corps

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Gift Turkey’s and Food Basket give aways, the Hand Drum contest, the youth Dance contest, recognition and award giveaway, take a tour of the reservation, come meet the people!

We would like to thank Mona Lee Perry, our friend and confidant. It was because of Mona sharing a donation that originated in the form of Christmas gift bags and cards that we are able to share them as gift packages during our event.
Thank you so very much Mona, I love you so very much for making our Christmas event that much easier and successful when it comes to helping our clients and our people.

Our donor posters this year are slightly different from what we have used in the past

_____________This years donation poster_______________
(signed and distributed to our Platinum donors)

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irene-posterSigned and framed posters by Irene Bedard

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Last Year through donations and volunteers we were able to assist:

82 Families received baskets
228 Children received toys

People from 13 different Tribes were represented at our event:
Caddo, Cheyenne/Arapaho, Cheyene, River Sioux, Creek, Dakota Sioux, Kansas Kickapoo, Lakota Sioux, Navajo, Oglala Sioux, Oklahoma Kickapoo, Pima, Prairie Band Potawatomi

Cities Represented:

Atchison, Independence, KCMO, KCK, Lawrence, Topeka, Ks. Horton/Kickapoo Rez-Kansas

To Sign up or to volunteer, Click here

A LETTER FROM SANTA FOR YOUR CHILD or a CHILD THAT YOU KNOW? 

Would you like a letter from Santa sent to your child or a child that you know? There is no cost and you do NOT have to donate to this organization or event for this nor does the child need to be American Indian, each letter is personalized with your Child’s information:

Dear (First Name)
It’s getting very close to Christmas and my elves are very busy getting presents ready for all the good boys and girls in (state).
 
Soon we will be loading up the sleigh and making a very special trip to visit you and your family in (city)
Mrs. Claus and I wanted to let you know that we are very proud of you (First Name), and we are very happy that you and your friend (Friends Name) have been on your best behavior all year long.

Rudolph still needs to be fed, so I am going to wrap this letter up. Keep up the good behavior and I will see you soon!
Love Santa

We will add a Certificate as well, similar to the one below, again at no cost or donation, we want to make the children’s Christmas brighter by giving something they will remember:

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But you have to let us know right away! send your request by simply clicking here johnjhobrien@aiebc.org 

For those unmanageable adults, we are happy to send a different version completely anonymously of course:

Naughty List

 

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GOLF!

It’s never to early to get a: 

“Save the Date!”

It’s time to start planning
Thursday
8 October 2015

Spring is fast on its way and so is our annual Golf event, because you have played in our charity event or have shown an interest in playing or supporting some of our many causes in the past then you must know how important your participation is to us and how it either makes or breaks some very important programs we offer through the course of the year like those listed on this link.

Sign up here to register

REGISTRATION
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SPONSORSHIP FORM
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The American Indian Enterprise & Business Council
(AIEBC)
Attn: Treasurer
PO Box 1312
Blue Springs, Mo. 64013-1312
(816) 392-7611
or
Info@aiebc.org

Your support in last years event has enabled us to:
  • Help establish multiple American Indian and women-owned businesses
  • Provide over 80 families with Christmas dinners
  • Deliver over 360 toys for at need children (both on/off reservation)
  • Meet with local community leaders/politicians to advocate for American Indian / Alaska Native businesses
  • Work with the Small Business Administration (SBA) in Washington DC on increased support for Tribal and American Indian / Alaska Native owned businesses and Tribal 8a’s
  • Maintain our status as a non-governmental organization with the United Nations speaking on behalf of issues and barriers facing the American Indian people and communities both on and off reservation
  • Maintain our status with the United Nations as a Global Compact member and supporter

 

~PLEASE NOTE~

  • According to the IRS, depending on the level of your participation and because we are a 501 c 3 organization as defined by the IRS, your donation is deductible under the Quid Pro Quo guidelines if it exceeds the fair market value of your donation to the fund-raiser, please see us for further information or explanation.
  • No-One, absolutely no-one is paid for what we do here at the AIEBC, the breakdown is EXACTLY the same as it is with every program, if you donate to a certain event for a certain cause, thats exactly where your money goes to and it breaks down this way:

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Because of you, Christmas was a success!!!!!

82 Families received baskets

228 Children received toys

People from 14 different Tribes were represented at our event:

Caddo, Cheyenne/Arapaho, Cheyene, River Sioux, Creek, Dakota Sioux, Kansas Kickapoo, Lakota Sioux, Navajo, Oglala Sioux, Oklahoma Kickapoo, Pima, Prairie Band Potawatomi, Cherokee

Cities Represented:

Atchison, Independence, KCMO, KCK, Lawrence, Topeka, Ks. Horton/Kickapoo Rez-Kansas

Want to Know How Missouri and Kansas Gives?
Click on the words Chronicle of Philanthropy below and find out.

THE CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY

Want to know how we spent your donation? 

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97% of your donation goes to our Mission of providing toys, books and other gifts to less fortunate children.

The 3% spent on support principally covers fundraising expenses – not one donated dollar goes to pay for salaries or any other manpower costs.

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NATIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH

Recognition And Celebration Event November 1, 2014 The American Indian Enterprise & Business Council

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SAVE THE DATE!

Come celebrate with us

November 1st. 2014

National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

I would like to thank those that see, realize and appreciate the value of the American Indian people and showed it by attending and supporting our event Celebrating Inclusive Diversity

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Presidential Proclamation
National Native American Heritage Month

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

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We welcome our supporting businesses as the AIEBC’s partner in our common goal of strengthening the business community, supporting American Indians, Veterans and Families, and maintaining a strong economy. Our Partnership Initiative with local businesses is a bold and innovative human capital strategy that will transform how American Indians and corporate America attract, develop and retain talent in Kansas and Missouri. The AIEBC is always collaborating with business leaders to develop solutions to meet State industry demands, tackle the issue of workforce preparedness, and reinvigorate local human talent to remain competitive in not just the Kansas and Missouri economy but the National economy as well. What we offer for ALL businesses involved in our organization is no different than those services you receive from your local chambers of commerce except; As has been our practice for the past four years, no member, no Board member, no staff is paid for what they do, this Organization functions strictly off of your donations and volunteer work alone, in our efforts to be good stewards of your generous gift we are held to a higher standard than most and we do not take a salary so you can be assured that if you donate to one of our specific projects, that’s where your money will go.

 

2nd Annual Golf Event

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The AIEBC has partnered with Haskell Indian Nations University Foundation AIEBC Awards & Acknowledgements

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SAVE THE DATE…

October 9th 2014

Charity Golf Classic

~Firekeeper Golf Course ~ 12524 150th Rd, Mayetta, KS 66509~

9am Check in and 10am shotgun start

Your important to us, some of you attended last year’s event and we would like to have you on board for this years as well, the prizes and the raffle will be bigger but the meal and the game remains the same.
Last year we could not have asked for a better day, there were only two places to be during last year’s event, fishing … or spending it with us!

So you decided to spend it with us and our event sold out and 72 of the best golfers took to the field and three teams rose to the top!

1st Place~ Firquain, Padner, Gobetz, Dorothy……. 58
2nd Place~ Earth, Blackhawk, Crawford, Decora……59
3rd Place~ Postoak, Minnis, Maney, McHenry……59

AIEBC AWARD

We have been asked about the criteria for becoming a recipient of our award

1.)  To begin with, you or your company have to be an active member of the AIEBC for a minimum of two years, We have elected in the past to waive our organizations time line to be considered for the award but we have agreed to not do that any longer, thats not to say we would not consider doing it again given the circumstances.

2.) Its important that you are not just a supporter of our organization but an active member as well (outlined below) as a business we are truly grateful for companies that see the value in CSR: 

Corporate social responsibility (also called corporate conscience, corporate citizenship, social performance, or sustainable responsible business/ Responsible Business) To define CSR: it is titled to aid an organization’s mission as well as a guide to what the company stands for and will uphold to its consumers. Development business ethics is one of the forms of applied ethics that examines ethical principles and moral or ethical problems that can arise in a business environment. Corporate social responsibility may also be referred to as “corporate citizenship” and can involve incurring short-term costs that do not provide an immediate financial benefit to the company, but instead promote positive social and environmental change. Companies have a lot of power in the community and in the national economy. They control a lot of assets, and may have billions in cash at their disposal for socially conscious investments and programs. Some companies may engage in “greenwashing”, or feigning interest in corporate responsibility, (which is why we have adopted these guidelines) but many large corporations are devoting real time and money to environmental sustainability programs, alternative energy/cleantech, and various social welfare initiatives to benefit employees, customers, and the community at large.  CSR is titled to aid an organization’s mission as well as a guide to what the company stands for and will uphold to its consumers. Development business ethics is one of the forms of applied ethics that examines ethical principles and moral or ethical problems that can arise in a business environment. Corporate social responsibility may also be referred to as “corporate citizenship” and can involve incurring short-term costs that do not provide an immediate financial benefit to the company, but instead promote positive social and environmental change. Companies have a lot of power in the community and in the national economy. They control a lot of assets, and may have billions in cash at their disposal for socially conscious investments and programs. Some companies may engage in “greenwashing”, or feigning interest in corporate responsibility, but many large corporations are devoting real time and money to environmental sustainability programs, alternative energy/cleantech, and various social welfare initiatives to benefit employees, customers, and the community at large.

We hope you will understand our need to adopt these guidelines, unlike most organizations we are aware of, we take no funding from the Local, State or Federal government which allows us to concentrate on what we recognize as being important not to just us but a whole culture and community as well and when companies engage in what we refer to as “feigning interest” it can have a huge impact and be devastating to smaller organizations such as ours.

 

Our Yearly Awards are broken down into three categories and awarded at our November 1st event for American Indian Awareness Month: 

Partnership, Volunteer and Community Leader, these are awarded to Corporate Sponsors and Community Leaders who have shown commitment, kindness, and generosity through selfless efforts.  Their dedication has provided comfort and relief, and illuminated the lives of the less privileged, the disadvantaged and the vulnerable.   I would like to say that we are not only humbled by their unceasing efforts. No matter how many professional staff we have, no matter how good the policies we have, we need the volunteers to deliver the social services to those who are in need and those who are disadvantaged.   While the name of the AIEBC might have changed in the past, our scope, vision and mission have not and what will not change either will be our need to walk the journey with you and our need for your continued partnership. We will continue to reach out to all of you and we hope that all of you will continue to partner us. Without you and your support, AIEBC will not have achieved what we have done all these years and without your support we will not be as confident to do much more for the people that we would like to help.   

1. Partnership Award  Partnerships are crucial throughout our country as we promote and improve diversity in all walks of life. The AIEBC collaborates with business leaders to develop solutions to meet America’s industry demands, tackle the issues of workforce preparedness and reinvigorate America’s human talent to remain competitive, not just in Kansas City but nationwide.  Selection Criteria: Since 2008 our Executive Director has been awarding the Kola (Partnership/Friendship) Award. This award recognizes the innovative partnership between the American Indian Enterprise & Business Council and local business leaders.  

2. Outstanding Volunteer Award  Volunteers are essential to the ongoing success of the AIEBC. The Outstanding Volunteer Award was created to commend one hardworking volunteer who has given considerable time and support in many different services provided by the AIEBC and has had a positive impact across the Native American Community.  Selection Criteria: The Volunteer Award honors a volunteer who has given much time and effort to many different services provided by the American Indian Enterprise & Business Council in the field of community and business relationships. Volunteers reach out to people on the fringes of our society and help build their sense of belonging, their self-confidence and provide the support needed to help people fully participate in the social and economic life of the community. They give life to our community and organization.

 3. Community Leader Award  It is true that you can identify a leader by how well the followers perform. However, a truly superior leader is one who recognizes the responsibility of empowering others to lead. At no other time in our history has it been more crucial for Native Americans to develop and maintain solid, meaningful relationships with the business community. To that end, the American Indian Enterprise & Business Council created an innovative Leadership Initiative Award.

Past Recipient Awards: Jerry Tuckwin, UMB, Greg Graves, Burns & McDonnell, Andrea Hendricks and Michelle Word

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World leaders came to New York City for a landmark summit on climate change, people around the world took to the streets to demand action to end the climate crisis and the AIEBC was there at the front of the line with The Honorable Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Her majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer in Residence and so many more, 400,000 to be exact followed up behind us in what was a historical moment.Concept Note for Civil Society Briefing

Dear Friends,
The march in New York City was by far the largest climate march in history. Here are a few of our favorite numbers from the day:

400,000
NUMBER OF PEOPLE AT THE NYC MARCH
1574
PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS
50,000
COLLEGE STUDENTS
630,000
SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS
5,200
ARTICLES WRITTEN

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The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, built with profits from their great-grandfather’s Standard Oil Co., is selling investments in the fossil fuel industry in a move to pressure companies that are adding to climate change.

The fund, based in New York City, today joined a group of institutions and individuals announcing they will end and abandon companies reliant on coal and tar sands. Total divested funds reached $50 billion this week, and advocates today pledged to triple the total by next December.

It gives us hope that eventually those local large corporations and companies in Kansas City will follow suit and see the value of supporting the AIEBC, So for you guys over there at Burns & McDonnell, JE Dunn, Kiewit, the Sorella Group, KCP&L and several others I haven’t mentioned, I honestly believe that eventually your consistent “no” for support will eventually become a solid “yes”, so we’ll just keep on asking.

Please note that as a 501 c 3 organization your support is tax deductible

And that was just the climate march!
Lets talk about the Conference on Indigenous People:

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Convened as a first high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly’s 69h session, the two-day World Conference brought together over a thousand indigenous and non-indigenous delegates to discuss the realization of their rights, including pursuing the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the Assembly in 2007.

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IF you wanted to see what constitutes real diversity, THIS was the most diverse place to be on the planet on the 21st through the 24th of September 2014! 

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We simple could not be everywhere, its my hope that next year more people will want to attend the United Nations with us either as partners, members of the AIEBC or as guests of the AIEBC.
Contact us at e-mail address: info@aiebc.org and we will be happy to get you involved and in a volunteer position because as they say “remember in the end, nobody wins unless everybody wins”

We were present and recognized at the opening and closing ceremony, the Equator Prize Award Ceremony, several roundtable discussions where Irene Bedard spoke on behalf of the AIEBC, we received a commitment from Microsoft in New York that they would guarantee the latest software for computers that have been donated and will be distributed to the “at need public” that we serve so you larger businesses that are looking to recycle computers, we are happy to put them back out into the public where a very grateful segment of the population is waiting to hear from us.

We were present to ask questions and discuss issues with the President of theUnited States, the President of Mexico, the Queen of Jordan, a number of Actors and Actresses, Irene walked the Red Carpet and answered many many questions before we seated in VIP seating at he Lincoln Center to Listen to Al Gore speak and Jackson Browne sing and offering an emotional statement of gratitude, an evening on a VIP cruise with those who made all of this possible.

So many opportunities were afforded us thanks to Irene and Roberto who guided us almost seamlessly through the process. We will be posting the data base from the event in the opening ceremony with highlight speeches and clips from the President of Mexico, Norway, Columbia and the Vatican (all are in their native language) if you would like a copy sent to you please send us an e-mail and we will be happy to provide you one as they are made available.

Join the AIEBC Today

You can click below to donate, or to really make a difference then join us either as a Small Business, Corporate Sponsor, Non-Profit, or individual member please go to the “contact us” tab and we will contact you within 24 hours! We are always seeking community involvement and we want you to be a part of what we are doing and where we are going. Payments & Donations (click PayPal logo below)

  Virtual Volunteering If you live too far away from our offices to come in, you can still help us by becoming a Virtual Volunteer. As a Virtual Volunteer, you can utilize your skills from home by telecommuting (i.e. working from home). Virtual volunteering is a convenient new way for volunteers to donate their time through the use of the Internet and other similar communicable means. Our virtual volunteering program allows us to electronically interact with volunteers by submitting projects and receiving updates through our volunteer website portal and emails. As a virtual volunteer, you can help make the AIEBC so much more successful and effective on your own time, from the comfort of your own home. Most of our virtual volunteers lead a busy life, but they still want to get involved in a charitable cause. “This program offers them the flexibility to do both”, said John O’Brien at the AIEBC. Virtual volunteers aren’t stuck with just computer work, they can also engage in hands-on work in their local community by hosting a fundraiser on behalf of the AIEBC or serving as an Ambassador for the AIEBC. Your choice of function or preference is virtually unlimited.