The organization was named after the disappearing indigenous culture of its founder's mother.
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving indigenous communities.

Building bridges for cultural exchange

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The purpose of the ATAYAL organization, as guided by its Mission Statement, and furthered by its Projects, is to connect the indigenous communities of the world, including the First Nations of the United States and Canada. With a stronger partnership between tribal nations, there can be more cultural and economic opportunities. When indigenous communities can work together, they can find ways to build sustainable livelihoods that support the traditional languages and cultures. By preserving these cultures, the spirit of the indigenous peoples that has sustained human life for millennia may once again nurture all of humanity in the future.


The ATAYAL organization is led by Executive Director, Tony Coolidge, and Treasurer, Shu-min Coolidge. Together, they started the organization to educate Americans about the indigenous culture of Taiwan, and many activities have grown from that spirit of education and cultural expression. The organization is currently overseen by a Board of Directors and guided by an Advisory Board. While currently in Taiwan, the directors are building new connections for future cross-cultural projects. For more details on the leadership, click here.

Public Support

Although a significant portion of the project funding came from the founding directors, themselves, the majority of funding for the projects have come from public support, in the form of tax-deductible donations. 100% of the donations have been applied to paid for project expenses and minor administrative expenses, such as license fees, web hosting, domain name renewal, etc. Donations are the lifeblood of any charitable organization and are greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation, click here. Up until now, no officer, director or employee of this organization has received any compensation for their services. All projects have been possible through the thousands of volunteer hours of time and effort provided by the officers, directors, board members, staff and volunteers. If you would like to make a volunteer to further ATAYAL's mission or support the projects, click here.

Legal Status

Ther ATAYAL organization is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that was registered in the State of Florida on March 26, 2001. Click to see the letter of acceptance of the Articles of Incorporation. On June 20, 2006, the organization earned its permanent 501 (c)(3) non-profit status, indicating that the organization is exempt from Federal Income Tax, and may provide tax-deductible receipts for donations. Click to see the determination letter on this ruling from the IRS. Since then, the organization has remained in operation as a legal entity, supporting projects that align with its stated mission with the time and effort of its directors and volunteers. The organization has collecting donations in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida, providing tax-deductible receipts to its donors. The financials of the organization remains transparent, and its tax filings can be seen online at

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