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

These Indigenous Women Are Reclaiming Stolen Land in the Bay ...

Through a voluntary land tax and donations from land owners, this organization is working to create an alternative land base for Indigenous people in California’s East Bay.By Deonna AndersonOn a cool ...


Lahu-New Rice Eating Ceremony

Indigenous peoples’ livelihoods are highly inter-connected with nature and environment. These have nurtured them and accumulated into their traditional knowledge in which they have passed down from ...


Café Melanesia: Our Food, Our Lands, Our Future

The goal was for every Melanesian to assert their right to good health and nutrition through their own cultural food solutions, indigenous innovations, and local knowledge systems. The project was ...

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