Edgar Villanueva Speaks on Colonization, Wealth, and Next Steps for Philanthropy

About the Series

Philanthropy is a practice borne out of compassion and commitment—and one that is deeply rooted in family. It’s also a practice that must continue to evolve to effectively meet the needs of the communities it seeks to serve. Thankfully, there are countless social sector leaders who are advancing the field with their bold ideas and unwavering enthusiasm for the greater good. The National Center for Family Philanthropy is honored to share the stories of these leaders through its program, Family Philanthropy Speaks—a series of conversations designed to feature the innovative spirit of family philanthropy. These dynamic discussions aim to capture emerging trends and solutions, share new and diverse voices in the field, and lift up the role of family philanthropy—past, present, and future—in stewarding social change. We hope you will join us to explore what it means to give with intention!

Edgar Villanueva has been a force in the sector, challenging philanthropy to reckon with the history of wealth accumulation in the US, to work in authentic relationship with grantee partners, and to use its position to heal communities. In the inaugural Family Philanthropy Speaks conversation, Edgar gives insight into his own background, notes the fundamental importance of listening, and challenges philanthropy to consider its role in fighting white supremacy.

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