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

African Honey Trail and the Call of the Bee

Bees, like farmers all over the planet, are struggling ...


Threat to Customary Land Use Curtails Saami Rights

The Deatnu River flows between Finland and Norway and into the Atlantic Ocean. Alongside it lies Veahčak, a small Saami village. Fishing for North Atlantic salmon in the Deatnu River is the core of ...


A Language Names a People

The Nuba people in Sudan inhabit the Nuba Mountains ...

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