Edgar Villanueva

Founder and Principal, Leverage Philanthropic Partners and Decolonizing Wealth Project

Edgar Villanueva is an award winning author and globally-recognized expert in progressive philanthropic strategy. Edgar has managed several multi-million portfolios and has held leadership positions in various philanthropic organizations, including the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, NC, the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle, WA and the Schott Foundation for Public Education in New York City. In addition, Edgar is the founder of Decolonizing Wealth Project and Liberated Capital, a community of donors and fund that support Black, Indigenous and other communities of color. Edgar serves on the Board of Directors for Native Americans in Philanthropy, Andrus Family Fund, NDN Collective and Mother Jones. He is an Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity as well as an Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellow. Edgar regularly contributes to various media outlets and is the author of the best selling book, Decolonizing Wealth —a book focused on equitable leadership within the philanthropic and financial sectors.


Informational Session: Racial Justice Learning and Action Cohort

Posted on March 10, 2023 by Bari Katz, Edgar Villanueva

Information Session We’re reimagining our Racial Justice Learning and Action Cohort and excited to share more! Join us to learn more about the Cohort curriculum, experience, and application process from Bari Katz and Edgar Villanueva on June 12. About the Racial Equity Learning & Action Network The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) has partnered with Leverage Philanthropic Partners to… Read More

Racial Justice in Family Philanthropy Symposium

Posted on September 19, 2021 by Vincent Robinson, Doua Thor, Dwayne S. Marsh, Irene Wong, Sandy Herz, John Matthew Sobrato, Nora Leccese, Annie Mahon, Hanna Mahon, Sam Vinal

Registration is now closed. If you have questions, please email ncfp@ncfp.org. NCFP’s Family Philanthropy Racial Justice Symposium is a two-day virtual learning opportunity for family foundation board members, CEOs, senior staff, and next generation family members seeking to deepen their knowledge around racial equity frameworks and practices. Leverage Philanthropic Partners, ABFE, Resource Generation, other experts in this space will lead… Read More
Effective Family Philanthropy in Action

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

Posted on December 2, 2020 by Nicholas A. Tedesco, Edgar Villanueva

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… Read More
Voices from the Field

Edgar Villanueva: ‘The Rainy Day We’ve All Been Thinking About is Here’

Posted on April 30, 2020 by Edgar Villanueva, Gail Picco

Edgar Villanueva speaking at the 2019 National Forum on Family Philanthropy
Editor’s Note: This interview was originally published by The Charity Report and re-posted here with permission.  Gail Picco: How are you doing? Edgar Villanueva: I’m doing okay, all things being considered. I’m in Brooklyn and live about a block from a hospital. It’s just non-stop sirens, and I wonder what’s happening with those people… Gail Picco: The Charity Report launched just as… Read More
Voices from the Field

What Funders Can Learn from Beyoncé

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Edgar Villanueva

Let’s start listening to (seeking first to understand) our grantees, before responding with answers and solutions. Let’s facilitate the solutions of a problem by asking questions such as, “What are the outcomes you/we want from this situation?” “What support do you need from me?” “How can you hold me, as the funder, accountable?”… Read More