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

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Revisiting the Chin Customary Law

The Chin Hills Regulation (1896) was the basis of the enactment of the Chin Act in 1948 which was also the year of Burma’s Independence. The enactment was to recognize and promote the Chin ...

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