Decolonizing Wealth: A Conversation with Edgar Villanueva

Today, the wealth gap in the Bay Area continues to grow. A new study found that San Francisco has the highest density of billionaires of any city in the world, yet our communities of color continue to struggle to maintain roots in the city and communities that they call home. Our agencies are responding to the increased demands for our programs, but we cannot do it alone. We rely on partners in government, philanthropy, and our communities to support our work in a healthy way that centers the healing of our communities.

Decolonizing Wealth will be an evening of deep thought and discussion with author Edgar Villanueva and community leaders from San Francisco’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, to discuss the ways in which colonization ripples through the social sector, and the role that we each play in decolonization and restoring balance and healing to our communities.

As an anchor institution in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission district, Instituto Familiar de la Raza has both witnessed and been a part of the continuous evolution of the community. From putting down roots during the Chicano Movement in the 1970s to supporting families in a rapidly changing and increasingly unaffordable community, IFR has been a steadfast source of support for the people. As they reflect on their 41st year of service in our communities, they ask what it will take to ensure a sustainable, healthy future for the community, institutions and people.


Edgar Villanueva

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. Edgar is an instructor with The Grantmaking School at the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University and currently serves as Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education where he oversees grant investment and capacity building supports for education justice campaigns across the United States. Edgar previously held leadership roles at Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina and at the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle. Edgar is the author of Decolonizing Wealth, which offers hopeful and compelling alternatives to the dynamics of colonization in the philanthropic and social finance sectors. In addition to working in philanthropy for many years, he has consulted with numerous nonprofit organizations and national and global philanthropies on advancing racial equity inside of their institutions and through their investment strategies. Edgar holds two degrees from the Gillings Global School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Edgar is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Instituto Familiar de la Raza

Instituto Familiar de la Raza works to build a healthy community by honoring and building on culture and spirit for what they bring to health and healing; nurturing relationships of mutual respect, support, and collaboration across communities; offering a welcoming and safe place to heal; promoting a healthy and healing environment throughout our community; speaking out for justice and encouraging others in their own power and voice to speak their truth.

This event is hosted by a community partner.