July 17th, 2020 Last Updated on: July 17th, 2020
For immediate release: July 17, 2020
PowWows.com Invited to Facebook’s Community Accelerator Program to Continue Building Community for Native American Culture
Lexington, SC – – – Paul Gowder, founder, PowWows.com, this week was invited by Facebook to participate in
its upcoming 2020 Community Accelerator Program due to PowWows.com’s growing influence as a Native
American community builder. Program participation is expected to have far-reaching benefits to the
thousands of people from wide-ranging backgrounds who connect via the site to celebrate and learn about
Native American culture.
The Facebook Community Accelerator Program aims to support leaders like Gowder and their organizations
whose efforts to foster community using Facebook apps help unite different populations. Those chosen to
participate come from six regions around the world who each represent a unique community-building digital
initiative around things like sustainability, health and well-being, diversity and inclusion, and civic
engagement. The participants will receive growth-focused training, mentorship, and up to $30,000 in
funding to execute growth plans.
PowWows.com was created in 1996 to bring the spirit of pow wows to the digital space. The site and its
social channels have become a virtual gathering place to experience, learn and celebrate Native American
culture. Users can research their Native American roots, learn to make crafts, watch live pow wows, listen to
Native American music, access travel guides to locations that offer authentic Native American cultural
experiences and much more. Its most popular features though are its livestreams of pow wows and other
events and its online Community where people from hundreds of countries gather to exchange information
and ideas with like-minded individuals.
For his part, Gower is an online marketing consultant and public speaker who manages the PowWows.com
digital channels. The organization’s Facebook page alone, has over 750,000 followers and a seven-day reach
of three million – numbers that are likely to jump even higher after the six-month Community Accelerator
“Being included in Facebook’s Community Accelerator is an amazing opportunity to make PowWows.com an
even more meaningful place for people around the world to connect to experience Native American culture.
I look forward to learning best practices from Facebook’s experts and other attendees to forward the site’s
mission,” said Gowder. “The timing of this program is especially meaningful as we need, more than ever, to
build positive spaces for people to form cultural bonds and appreciate each other’s differences.”
For more information about the PowWows.com community, go to PowWows.com or @powwows.com on