Non-Profit Quarterly


The Philanthropy We Need: Ford Foundation President Calls for Transformation


January 10, 2019  


Darren Walker, the president of the Ford Foundation, sometimes hits it out of the park in his public letters. So it is with the one he sent yesterday. While expressing faith in hope and a collective longing for shared peace and prosperity, he succinctly names the problem that challenges us all.  Read More

Non-Profit Quarterly


5 Lessons to Guide the Transition to a More Just Philanthropy


December 4, 2018  


“Disrupting cycles of white supremacy will entail decolonizing the institutions that preserve the accumulation of wealth and power.” So says Edgar Villanueva of the Schott Foundation. He continues, “We can create new ways of seeking and granting access to money. We can return balance to the world by moving money to where the hurt is worst.” The emergence of new philanthropic models, like the Buen Vivir Fund as shared by Joanna Cea Leavitt of Thousand Currents and the Fund for Democratic Communities as shared by Ed Whitfield, reflect a way forward.  Read More

Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio


Decolonizing Wealth – Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio


November 30, 2018  


That’s the new book by Edgar Villanueva. His thesis: The solutions to the damage and trauma caused by American capitalism—including philanthropy—can be gleaned from the values and wisdom of our nation’s original people. He’s a Native American working in philanthropy. Let’s talk to him and find out what he’s thinking.  Listen Now

The New York Times


A Call to Modernize American Philanthropy


November 27, 2018  


The giving practices of rich magnates and foundations still suggest a colonial mind-set, the author of a new book argues, as he offers ideas for change.  Read More

YES! Magazine


How to Use Money as a Tool for Healing


November 27, 2018  


The philanthropic world does a lot of good; some problems get solved by throwing a lot of money at them. In 2015, foundations gave away $62.8 billion to charities and nonprofits that do everything from fighting hunger and housing the homeless to retraining coal miners to curing cancer.  Read More

WUNC 91.5 FM


Decolonizing Wealth: How To Fix Philanthropy


November 27, 2018  


Today marks ‘Giving Tuesday,’ a day that encourages Americans to stop the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping and instead donate money or time to their community. But where exactly does this money go? And does philanthropy mostly serve the wealthy and the white? Author and grant investment director Edgar Villanueva argues that many philanthropic foundations or corporate giving programs may do more harm than good.  Listen Now

Equity In The Center        

Summit Opening Keynote Ft. Edgar Villanueva

November 26, 2018

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IdeaSphere: A Platform for Today’s Voices – Decolonizing Wealth


November 19, 2018  


He calls it a “colonizer virus” that has festered for centuries. According to social justice philanthropist Edgar Villanueva the virus was planted in people at first contact 500-years ago.  Listen Now

WORT 89.9 FM


The Colonial Dynamics Of Wealth And Philanthropy


November 19, 2018  


“What ails philanthropy at its core is colonialism. Almost without exception, funders reinforce the colonial division of Us vs. Them, Haves vs. Have Nots, and mostly white saviors and white experts vs. poor, needy, urban, disadvantaged, marginalized, at-risk people,” writes Edgar Villanueva..  Listen Now

Northern Spirit Radio


Spirit In Action: Decolonizing Wealth


November 17, 2018  


In the course of working for charitable foundations and passing on 100’s of millions of dollars, Edgar Villanuevacame to some realizations about how the charity system works, and how it needs to change to really do good for the world.  Listen Now

Vermont Conversation w/ David Goodman


Is philanthropy racist? Edgar Villanueva on decolonizing wealth


November 16, 2018  


“Philanthropy has evolved to mirror colonial structures, ultimately doing more harm than good,” argues Edgar Villanueva in his new book, Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance.  Listen/Read Now

Lift Economy


Edgar Villanueva: Decolonizing Wealth [Ep. 136]


November 13, 2018  


Edgar Villanueva is a nationally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy. Edgar 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. Listen/Read Now

Rising Up With Sonali


Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom To Heal Divides And Restore Balance


November 11, 2018  


FEATURING EDGAR VILLANUEVA – The United States is experiencing record levels of wealth inequality, with money flowing to the top into ever-fewer hands, and those with obscene wealth using it to influence government policies to benefit them.  Listen/Read Now

Peak Insight Journal


Q&A with Edgar Villanueva, Author of Decolonizing Wealth


November 8, 2018  


Edgar Villanueva is Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation in New York City. His book Decolonizing Wealth was published in October 2018. Mr. Villanueva was interviewed by Brad Cameron, Guest Editor.  Read More



Decolonizing Wealth’ Addresses Philanthropy’s White Supremacy Problem, Offers Solutions


October 23, 2018  


In his new book, “Decolonizing Wealth,” Native author and philanthropist Edgar Villanueva confronts the colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and builds a framework centered on communities of color.  Read More

The Chronicle of Philanthropy


Foundation Official Wants Philanthropy to Use Money to Heal, Not Divide


October 23, 2018  


Philanthropy is in the midst of a moment of contemplation and reflection. Many donors and foundation officials recognize that the beliefs, structures, and practices they’ve held are no longer serving their missions, especially if they don’t put people of color and others who have been marginalized at the center of their missions.  Read More

BRIGHT Magazine


Philanthropy Needs To Take A Hard Look At Its Colonial Roots


October 17, 2018  


There is a lot of spirited debate these days about philanthropy’s failures and opportunities. Author and muckraker Anand Giridharadas is walking off sets, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ announcement about his new philanthropic efforts were met with a heap of criticism about his labor practices (from both inside and outside the company), and the Charity Defense Council continues trying to convince funders that “inadequate resources are not the path to global transformation.”  Read More


Bob Salter PSA Program

Edgar Villanueva Interview


October 14, 2018


About This Program

Author Edgar Villanueva discussed what he views as dysfunctional dynamics in philanthropy and finance and his work with Schott Foundation for Public Education.

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“Conversations LIVE!” with Cyrus Webb

Author Edgar Villanueva talks #DecolonizingWealth on #ConversationsLIVE


October 12, 2018


About This Program

Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author Edgar Villanueva to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss his new book DECOLONIZING WEALTH

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Inside Philanthropy


“It’s Time for an Intervention.” Edgar Villanueva Has a Message for Philanthropy


October 11, 2018  


We give money its power and create the worldview it functions within, so we also have the power to use it more equitably—as a kind of cultural medicine.That’s the central message in a new book by Edgar Villanueva, who has spent 15 years in a variety of roles in philanthropy, which he viewed through the lens of his background as a Native American who grew up poor.  Read More

The Whitman Institute


Interview with Edgar Villanueva: Decolonizing Wealth


October 10, 2018  


In Decolonizing Wealth, Edgar Villanueva provides a refreshing perspective on the future of philanthropy and finance, pointing to Native wisdom as a way to dismantle the oppressive systems that permeate the sector today. With Edgar’s book launch just around the corner, we sat down with him to hear more about his vision and how it connects to Trust-Based Philanthropy.  Read More

Decolonizing Wealth        

& Schott Foundation #PhilanthropySoWhite Web Event

September 18, 2018

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The Washington Post


More To The Story Of The Lumbee – By Edgar Villanueva


September 7, 2018  


The Aug. 26 Washington Post Magazine article on the Lumbee Indians eloquently explained what I have had to articulate for more than 40 years [“The trials of the Lumbee”]. Growing up as a Lumbee Indian in North Carolina inherently involves an identity crisis: Native Americans are the sole race or ethnicity that is acknowledged only if the government says we exist. We exist, yet we still have to prove it. Alcoholism, substance abuse and suicide are linked to this fundamental questioning of our identity.  Read More


JMPRO TV       

Interview with Edgar Villanueva – Money For Our Movements 2018

August 26, 2018

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North Star Fund                              Decolonizing Wealth: Four Questions with Edgar Villanueva

August 13, 2018



Edgar Villanueva is the author of the book, “Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance” to be published October, 2018. (Pre-order here.) Edgar is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, the Chair of the Board of Native Americans in Philanthropy and the Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education. We asked him four questions to share this perspective with the North Star Fund community.  Read More




Social Entrepreneur w/ Nathan A Brewster                                        Decolonizing Wealth with Edgar Villanueva

August 5, 2018

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The Laura Flanders Show        Decolonizing Wealth Through Indigenous Leadership

July 24, 2018

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Touch Yo Neighbor - Edgar Villanueva

On this episode of Touch Yo' Neighbor, Pastor Michael McBride sits down with the Schott Foundation's Vice President of Programs and Advocacy Edgar Villanueva. Season 2 of the Touch Yo' Neighbor podcast launches soon.

Posted by Live Free on Thursday, June 21, 2018



Touch Yo’ Neighbor w/ Pastor Michael Mcbride


June 2018

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Stanford Social Innovation Review


Money as Medicine – By Edgar Villanueva


May 21, 2018  Summer 2018 Volume 16, Number 3


Forbes just released its annual list of the wealthiest folks on Earth, who have an average net worth of $4.1 billion. Every time one of these lists comes out, the first thing I do is scan for names that are not white men, and every time, I’m disappointed. You could hardly find a more striking visual to demonstrate that colonial dynamics are alive and kicking here in the 21st century, dividing the world into haves and have-nots.  Read More


Podcast – The Social Change Diaries

With Vanessa Wakeman


April 27, 2018


About This Episode

Through a fascinating look at the history of our country, Edgar Villanueva provides a powerful, insightful argument for us to evaluate institutional philanthropy today. He believes that the way forward is to “heal the pain of the past and restore balance to the land.” Tune in to hear his powerful call-to-action to decolonize wealth in America. Listen Now