Pittsburgh PA 15212
What if wealth could be used to heal?
That is the question that Edgar Villanueva poses to philanthropy and financial institutions in his book Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance. Now Vice President for Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education, Edgar wrote Decolonizing Wealth based on his experiences as a young program officer working with applicants, grantees, staff, and trustees.
In the book, Edgar explores how various forms of privilege – together with historical mindsets, processes, and structures – have divided and wounded people, communities, and organizations throughout the history of the United States. With compassion and clarity, he offers thoughtful and practical steps – drawing upon Indigenous wisdom – that might help ‘decolonize’ wealth so that it can be used to heal, restore, and connect.
Join us for GWP’s 2019 Annual Meeting which will feature a conversation with Edgar during which he will share with us a prescription for restoring balance and healing our divides. An enrolled member of the Lumbee tribe, Edgar will also describe using Native ways and worldviews which offer valuable guidance in transforming the institutions that control access to wealth.
About the Speaker:
Edgar Villanueva, Author, Decolonizing Wealth and Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at Schott Foundation for Public Education
Edgar Villanueva is a nationally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy and author of Decolonizing Wealth, which offers hopeful and compelling alternatives to the dynamics of colonization in the philanthropic and social finance sectors. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Native Americans in Philanthropy and is a Board Member of the Andrus Family Fund, a national foundation that works to improve outcomes for vulnerable youth.
Additionally, Edgar is an instructor with The Grantmaking School at the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University and Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education. There he oversees grant investment and capacity-building supports for education-focused justice campaigns across the United States.
Previously Edgar has held leadership roles at Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina and at the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle. In addition to working in philanthropy for many years, he has consulted with numerous nonprofit organizations and national and global philanthropies on advancing racial equity inside of their institutions and through their investment strategies.
Edgar holds two degrees from the Gillings Global School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and resides in Brooklyn, NY. Follow him on Twitter at @VillanuevaEdgar.
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Networking and Registration
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM GWP Annual Member Business Meeting; Lunch will be served
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Annual Meeting Program – A Conversation with Edgar Villanueva
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Networking