An indigenous-led grant-making effort supporting indigenous peoples initiatives engaged in promoting and protecting traditional knowledge, wellbeing, rights and self-determined development.


The Pawanka Fund—which is an Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Learning Initiative—is committed to the concept of intercultural philanthropy, based on ancestral practices of solidarity and reciprocity of Indigenous Peoples.

Intercultural Philanthropy builds from the knowledge that Indigenous Peoples have our own learning processes, systems of knowledge and ways to integrate new information, values, and interpretations and to share them with younger generations.


Global Reach

The members of the Guiding Committee of the Pawanka Fund are Indigenous Leaders from across the globe in both developed and developing countries. They have strong relations and connections with different indigenous organizations, institutions and networks from local to global.

The Pawanka Fund covers the 7 regions of indigenous peoples-- Africa, Arctic, Asia, Pacific, Latin America and the Carribean, Russia, Eastern Europe and North America.


Latest News

Bolstering Indigenous Philanthropy: The Responsible Way Forward

Blog by Lourdes Inga IFIP 2018 conference Lourdes Inga, Teresa ...


Indigenous Funds Lead the Way to Decolonize Philanthropy

By Rucha Chitnis Institutional philanthropy, in a nutshell, is a Western construct. Often it can seem transactional, likened to a business deal when funders strategize about returns on investment ...


Traditional Knowledge is Tool for Resiliency and Food ...

The jumia/jhumia are cultivators engaged in hillside agriculture which has been a traditional practice in Chittagong Hill Tracks in Bangladesh. Jum or shifting cultivation has been the  ...

This unique partnership has put indigenous peoples at the center of their efforts to promote their wellbeing and self-determination . 

-Myrna Cunningham, Chairperson of Pawanka Fund