Edgar Villanueva, author of Decolonizing Wealth, spoke about the role of philanthropy in today’s society as a part of a breakfast plenary session at United Philanthropy Forum's 2019 Annual Conference in Cleveland on July 16. Edgar emphasized the importance of understanding the dynamics and impact of colonization on our country and our field, and beginning the process of healing, if we are ever going to make philanthropy as effective, powerful and equitable as it has the potential to be.
United Philanthropy Forum held a three-day conference where dynamics speakers discussed pressing topics ranging from the state of philanthropy to the important history behind family photos.
In a guest post, Jen Bokoff, Director of Stakeholder Engagement at Candid, shares her experience of The Blanket Exercise that took participants on a historical journey of Indigenous people in America.
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.
The Truth and Healing Movement is a core part of the Native Americans in Philanthropy's Movement of Movements work, and centers on an educational and transformational exercise called The Blanket Exercise, a “unique, participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.”