Decolonizing Wealth: A Conversation with Edgar Villanueva & Courtney E. Martin

Thank you for joining us for the West Coast book launch of Decolonizing Wealth. Please enjoy the event photos and video. If you’d like to partner with Justice Funders on another book event with Edgar Villanueva, please contact Maria Nakae, Engagement Director at


What if we could use wealth to heal rather than cause further harm? What if money was spent trying out concepts that shatter current structures and systems that have turned much of the world into one vast market?

This is the core argument explored by author and nationally-recognized philanthropic leader Edgar Villanueva in his new book Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). Using his own personal experiences as a Native American grant-maker and foundation executive (along with field data and dozens of funder interviews) Villanueva reveals the racial and colonialist dynamics at play in philanthropy and finance, including banks, investment funds, and aid organizations.

On October 24th, we invite you to a special Decolonizing Wealth book event featuring an in-depth conversation between Villanueva and Award-Winning Journalist Courtney E. Martin about the book and how institutions that control access to money can better serve the needs of Indigenous people and communities of color.

Hosted by Justice Funders, Northern California Grantmakers, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples and The Whitman Institute, this free, invitation-only event will include a Q&A and reception featuring a book-signing with the author.


We look forward to seeing you there!


3:00 – 3:30 p.m.: Networking

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Conversation with Courtney E. Martin followed by a Q & A session.

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Reception


Decolonizing Wealth will be released internationally on October 16th and is available for pre-order now at

Date: October 24, 2018
Address: Google Community Space
188 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
Time: 3:00-5:00pm