Edgar Villanueva: Why Indigenous Wisdom Is Essential to Strengthening Philanthropy

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm EDT
Philanthropy New York; 320 East 43rd Street; NYC 10017
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This program is a part of Philanthropy New York’s Reframing Philanthropy Series, following its 40th Year Annual Meeting:

Reframing Philanthropy is a program series examining current criticism and future opportunities for the field.

Are institutions that control wealth inherently broken? Are wealth and the systems by which it's distributed causing separation and hurt in our communities? How can wealth be used as a powerful tool of healing, love and belonging? 

Please join us for a conversation with Edgar Villanueva (Author, Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance), as he shares his analysis of the dysfunctional racial and colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and finance. Using his own personal experiences as a Native American grantmaker and foundation executive, Edgar will offer a prescription for restoring balance and healing our divides using the guidance of indigenous wisdom. Fellow PNY Member Phil Li, President of Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, will moderate the discussion. 

  • The meaning behind "decolonizing wealth"
  • Philanthropy's historical context and tie-ins to racial inequities
  • How to use wealth as a tool for healing 
  • How to center humanity and people in the work that we do


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All interested funders.


2:45 - 3:00 PM  Check-in
3:00 - 5:00 PM  Program

Registration is required by October 7th.

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