In profile: Indigenous philanthropy

Alliance magazine

A snapshot of the key funds, foundations and networks at the heart of the growing Indigenous philanthropy movement

Indigenous-led funds

The AYNI Fund (FIMI)

Launched in 2008, the AYNI Fund is one of several strands of activity led by the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI). AYNI is a Quechua/Kichua word meaning reciprocity, equality, and justice. The only fund directed by and for Indigenous women in Latin America, North America, Asia, Pacific, and Africa, it practices ‘an innovative intercultural philanthropy’, the object of which is to co-invest human, financial and other material resources with Indigenous women’s organisations and communities to achieve both their individual and collective human rights. It has three main lines of action: seeding and scaling up projects, the Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF), and the Leading from the South Programme.

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