Decolonizing Wealth: A Conversation with Edgar Villanueva

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 -
3:00pm to 6:00pm CST
Chicago History Museum (McCormick Theater)
1601 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
This event is open to: 

Grantmaker, Advisor and Operating Nonprofit Members of Forefront and the general public.

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This is a complimentary event.
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What if we could use wealth to heal rather than cause further harm? What if money was spent trying out concepts that challenge or shatter the structures and systems that have created incredible 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 Chicago History Museum (McCormick Theater), 1601 N Clark St for a special Decolonizing Wealth book event. The event will feature an in-depth conversation between Villanueva and representatives from Raise the Floor and Shriver Center 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 about both of the organizations’ journey to lead with racial equity. Speakers include Sophia Zaman (Raise the Floor) and Gavin Kearney (Shriver Center), moderated by Tracie Hall (Joyce Foundation) and emceed by Mary Morten (Morten Group). The event will begin with a special performance by the American Indian Center of Chicago.

Following the conversation, guests are invited to a book signing with Villanueva. Women & Children First will be selling copies of the book onsite.

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.

Filming and photography will take place throughout the program.