Decolonizing Wealth: A Conversation with Edgar Villanueva

Wed, February 27, 2019 - 3:00pm

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.

Please join us on February 27, 3:00-6:00 p.m. (program 3:00-5:00) at the Alice B Rapaport Center for Education and Engagement at Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn for a special Decolonizing Wealth book event. The event will feature an in-depth conversation between Villanueva and Chicago community-based leaders about the book 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 nonprofit organizations about their journey to lead with racial equity. Speakers will be announced soon and the discussion will be moderated by Tracie Hall (Joyce Foundation).

Following the conversation, guests are invited to a reception and book signing with Villanueva from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

There is no cost to attend this event and please register by Monday, February 25

This event is hosted by Arabella Advisors, Crossroads Fund, Erikson Institute, The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Iris Krieg & Associates, Forefront, Goodman Theatre, Morten Group, LLC , Polk Bros. Foundation, TRHT Greater Chicago, Woods Fund Chicago, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Chicago, Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy, and Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy.