Decolonizing Wealth: Healing Divides and Restoring Balance

Host Organization: The Hyams Foundation, The Schott Foundation for Public Education, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Boston, Social Justice Funders Network (SJFN)


Sponsored by: The Hyams Foundation | The Schott Foundation for Public Education | Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Boston | Social Justice Funders Network (SJFN)

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?

In his new book, Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance, Edgar Villanueva weaves a provocative analysis of the dysfunctional racial and colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and finance, including banks, investment funds, and aid organizations.

Join us on Friday, December 14 from 3:00-5:00pm for a conversation with Edgar, author, award-winning philanthropist, and Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at The Schott Foundation for Public Education. We encourage individuals and organizations that influence resources to engage in this discussion that reframes wealth and explores important questions about funding processes, operationalizing a racial justice lens, and using philanthropic resources to meaningfully partner with communities of color and other marginalized communities.

Edgar’s new book is available here. The first 100 registrants and attendees will receive a free copy. Jocelyn Sargent, Executive Director of The Hyams Foundation, will facilitate the discussion, and a book signing will follow.

It would be important to note, Faneuil Hall, like many of our institutions, are named after individuals who directly or indirectly benefited from the legacy of colonization and slavery. Some Boston residents argue that a name change is the path forward. Edgar's talk will address the root of this issue, and outline ways that we can better align our resources with our values.

*Only water is allowed in the Hall so please plan accordingly.

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