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Winter Quarterly Membership Meeting (Jan 2021): Decolonizing Wealth – A Conversation with Edgar Villanueva

January 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance – A Conversation with Edgar Villanueva

Image of the book cover for Decolonizing Wealth. A large bird soars between skyscrapers; our view is looking up at the sky and bird from below. Subtitle: Indigenous wisdom to heal divides and restore balance.
Please join us for our virtual Winter Quarterly Membership Meeting on Thursday, January 28 from 2-4 pm CT via Zoom. We will welcome globally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy Edgar Villanueva, author of Decolonizing Wealth, for a fireside chat. Villanueva will emphasize the importance of understanding the dynamics and impact of colonization on our country and our field and explain ways we can begin the process of healing, ultimately leading us to make philanthropy as effective, powerful and equitable as it has the potential to be. The conversation will be moderated by Sharina Sallis, Community Relations Manager at CUNA Mutual Group. Participants will be able to ask questions via the virtual platform and will then have an opportunity to discuss Villanueva’s remarks and the book in small groups with their peers. We hope you will join us and consider inviting members of your board of directors and grantmaking committees to the conversation as well. We are leveraging a great opportunity to hear from Edgar Villanueva in this virtual format.

Decolonizing Wealth and Edgar’s subsequent work with the Decolonizing Wealth Project ask the question: “What if wealth could be used to heal?” Villanueva writes: “We have to be honest about the sources of wealth and how wealth was accumulated in this country — a great part of it was on the backs of people of color, and now those communities are benefiting from just a very small percentage of dollars (…) Once you know, how can you not be equitable about how you’re distributing the money?

Participants are encouraged to read Decolonizing Wealth prior to the conversation. More information and purchasing links are available on the Decolonizing Wealth website.


Learning Objectives:

  • Deepen your understanding of negative impacts and outcomes of colonization in America
  • Provide space to reflect on how your foundation’s structures and systems can support systems change and more equitable outcomes for communities of color
  • Reflect on your role in supporting systems change, racial equity and redistributing wealth and power
  • Explore the seven steps to healing Villanueva offers in the book: Grieve, Apologize, Listen, Relate, Represent, Invest and Repair
  • Dialogue with other philanthropic leaders about how this new understanding can be applied to both internal and external operational changes at philanthropic institutions throughout Iowa


Who should attend?

  • Foundation executives who support organizational culture and operations
  • Grantmaking staff who support grant programs and programming
  • Program staff who coordinate nonprofit networks and coalitions
  • Evaluation staff who track and monitor progress for the foundation and/or their community
  • Staff at new foundations that are establishing their grant programs and focus areas
  • Board members, Trustees and grant committee members who hold the power in — and responsibility of  — distributing charitable assets in their communities

We hope you will join us for this important conversation and learning opportunity.


Tentative Agenda

  • 2-3 pm: Fireside Chat with Edgar and Q&A
  • 3-3:15 pm: Response from moderator, ICoF network member and Iowa Credit Union Foundation member
  • 3:15-3:45 pm: Breakout Room Conversations
  • 3:45-4 pm: Wrap-up and Closing

Registration is closed. If you have any questions or for late registrations, please contact the Iowa Council of Foundations. Thanks to the generosity of our meeting sponsors, we are able to offer this membership meeting for free to all ICoF members, including board members of ICoF member organizations.

Meeting Sponsors

This program is sponsored by the CUNA Mutual Group and the Iowa Credit Union Foundation.

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About Edgar Villanueva, Founder and Principal, Decolonizing Wealth Project

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Edgar Villanueva is a globally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy. Edgar serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Native Americans in Philanthropy, NDN Collective, Mother Jones and is a Board Member of the Andrus Family Fund, a national foundation that works to improve outcomes for vulnerable youth.

Edgar currently serves as Senior Vice President at the Schott Foundation for Public Education where he oversees grant investment and capacity building supports for education justice campaigns across the United States.

Edgar is the award-winning author of Decolonizing Wealth, a bestselling book offering hopeful and compelling alternatives to the dynamics of colonization in the philanthropic and social finance sectors.

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. Edgar is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Biography Source: https://www.decolonizingwealth.com/edgar


January 28
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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