Organized in 1984 but with early beginnings dating back to the 1950s, PAMANA is a non-profit organization comprising south central Wisconsin residents of Filipino decent or who have connections to the Philippines or the Filipino people through marriage, adoption, friendships, or life experiences.
The word pamana means “heritage’" or “legacy" in Filipino. This term aptly relates to the organization’s goals and objectives.
In January 2010, through the relentless pursuit of its officers, PAMANA received its 501(c)(3) public charity designation from the Internal Revenue Service, thereby allowing donations to us to be tax-deductible.
Our purpose is to:Foster unity and harmony among Filipino, Filipino-American, and other communities throughout Madison and neighboring areas by facilitating communal activities and by welcoming new residents;
Share Filipino culture in Madison and neighboring areas by showcasing the talents of local and visiting Filipino and Filipino-American cultural group performers;
Support events and organizations that promote cultural diversity;
Develop and provide resources and assistance for new residents and PAMANA members, and for non-members when circumstances dictate;
Create opportunities for children and youth to enrich their awareness of Filipino culture and to enjoy activities with Filipino-American children;
Contribute to humanitarian projects in Madison and neighboring areas, as well as in the Philippines; and
Recognize all individuals who contribute to PAMANA, notwithstanding their socio-economic background, religion, tradition, profession, gender, or sexual orientation; and promote respect and understanding of differences among its members, while remaining a non-sectarian group.