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December 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Holiday capitalism takes a vacation for the evening as Edgar Villanueva, author of the recently-released bestseller “Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance” joins us for a special event. Villanueva will expose the racial and colonists dynamics within finance and philanthropy, including our most popular aid organizations and nonprofits, and will provide a framework for a better way.

Going beyond rhetoric, Villanueva is leading a revolution out of what has come to be known as the “Non-Profit Industrial Complex,” showing the world of philanthropy that non-oppressive wealth redistribution to communities and causes is possible. “Decolonizing Wealth” is a call to action for wealth redistribution in ways that will repair, heal, empower, and unite.

After a talk about his book, Villanueva will be joined in conversation by:

Sarah Frank, an organizer and Board Member with Resource Generation, a multiracial membership community of young people (18-35) with wealth and/or class privilege committed to the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power.

Yusuf Nuruddin, a lecturer in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Nuruddin is the author of an article entitled “Promises and Pitfalls of Reparations,” which appeared in the journal of Socialism and Democracy, and conducted an interview of Reparations activists, Sam Anderson and Muntu Matsimela, entitled “The Reparations Movement: An Assessment of Recent and Current Activism.” His work has appeared in Redress for Historical Injustices in the United States: On Reparations for Slavery, Jim Crow and Their Legacies, edited by Michael T. Martin and Marilyn Yaquinto (Duke University Press, 2007).

This FREE event will include a Q & A, and a book signing with the author will follow the program.

This event is brought to you by Tanya Marie Bonner, consultant with Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Reparations Campaign.


Edgar Villanueva is a nationally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy. 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. 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. He is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe and resides in New York City.


Resource Generation is a national, multiracial membership community of young people (18-35) with wealth and/or class privilege committed to equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power.


Fellowship of Reconciliation USA (FORusa) is an interfaith peace fellowship leading the charge on today’s most pressing human and civil rights issues through advocacy, activism, and educational programs. We are the oldest and largest organization of its kind, promoting peace and active nonviolence with a diverse membership spanning many religious, spiritual, and cultural traditions.

“Decolonizing Wealth is a must-read for philanthropists and donors looking to achieve the change we want to see in the world. Compelling, honest, and kind, Edgar is clear that we must free funding resources and the philanthropic sector itself from frameworks that further exacerbate the problems rather than bring us closer to identifying and activating the solutions.”
—Alicia Garza, cocreator of Black Lives Matter Global Network, and Principal, Black Futures Lab

“By anchoring the solutions to America’s ills in the wisdom and knowledge of its original people, Edgar challenges all of us to analyze how our nation’s history of racism and disenfranchisement has infected its financial and giving institutions.”
—Heather McGhee, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos

“Decolonizing Wealth offers a refreshing and inspired look at how wealth can better serve the needs of communities of color and atone for the ways in which it has traditionally been used to inflict harm and division. Using a solutions-oriented framing, Edgar makes a solid case for how Indigenous wisdom can be used as a guiding light to achieve greater equity in the funding and philanthropic world.”
—Kevin Jennings, President, Tenement Museum


December 12, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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The People’s Forum
320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018 United States
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