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Decolonizing Wealth: A Conversation with Edgar Villanueva

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Decolonizing Wealth: A Conversation with Edgar Villanueva


What if we could use wealth to heal rather than cause harm? What if money was spent trying out concepts that challenge or shatter the structures and systems that have created inequity and disparity?

This is the core argument explored by author and nationally-recognized philanthropy expert Edgar Villanueva in his new book Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance. Using his own personal experiences as a Native American grant-maker and foundation executive (along with field data and dozens of funder interviews) Villanueva reveals the racial and colonialist dynamics at play in philanthropy and finance, including banks, investment funds, and aid organizations.

On February 27th, we invite you to an intimate event featuring an in-depth conversation between Villanueva and Chicago foundation leaders about Decolonizing Wealth and how institutions that control access to money can advance racial equity and better serve the needs of communities of color.

The event will also highlight stories of Chicago area foundations about their journey to lead with racial equity. Speakers include Bruce Boyd and Kheira Issaoui-Mansour (Arabella Advisors), Jane Kimondo (Crossroads Funds), Angelique Power (Field Foundation), Megan Bang (Spencer Foundation), and Grace Hou (Woods Fund Chicago).

This event is hosted by Arabella Advisors, Crossroads Fund, Erikson Institute, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Iris Krieg & Associates, Forefront, Goodman Theatre, Morten Group, Polk Bros. Foundation, and Woods Fund Chicago.



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