The Fund was launched in September 2014 jointly with a Guiding Committee composed of leaders from the global Indigenous movement. It is a four-year (2015-2018) grantmaking collaborative funded by Tamalpais Trust, NoVo Foundation, Swift Foundation, and The Christensen Fund. It is administered by RSF Social Finance and CADPI. Dr. Myrna Kain Cunningham serves as Chair.
The Fund supports and links traditional knowledge and skills along with stewardship of land and sacred sites, innovative instruments, objects, and cultural spaces inherently recognized by communities, groups, and individuals as part of their Indigenous cultural heritage that promotes respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.