First Peoples Worldwide

First Peoples Worldwide is a nonprofit organization based in Fredericksburg, Virginia that focuses on funding local development projects in Indigenous communities all over the world and creating bridges between communities and corporations, governments, academics, NGOs, and investors. The group's history traces back to 1997 when Cherokee economist and social entrepreneur Rebecca Adamson conceptualized the idea as a program of her non-profit First Nations Development Institute. In 2005, Rebecca and her Daughter Neva, launched First Peoples Worldside as a distinct organization. Today, First Peoples Worldwide facilitates the use of traditional Indigenous knowledge in solving today’s challenges, including climate change, food security, medicine, governance and sustainable development.