In Profile: Decolonising Philanthropy

Alliance magazine

Below is a snapshot of some of the organisations globally which are working to provide a practical context to decolonising philanthropy.

Founded by Edgar Villanueva, author of Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous wisdom to heal divides and restore balance, the mission of the Decolonizing Wealth Project (DWP) is to disrupt the flow of capital through education, radical reparative giving and narrative change. The project aims to build a world where racial equity is the norm and new systems ensure everyone can live their best lives, thrive in their cultures, and bring about healing from generations of colonial trauma. It works in three main ways: First, shifting philanthropic giving practices: DWP advises funders and philanthropists on how to equitably redistribute wealth, and through their funding vehicle Liberated Capital (see below), move money through a reparative model. Second, healing and education: DWP creates and facilitates decolonised resources, tools and spaces that promote personal and organisational transformation, and healing to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. Third, narrative change: DWP uses the power of storytelling traditions to bring visibility and change to issues affecting Black and Indigenous communities, engaging global brands and international publications.

Decolonizing Wealth Project

A donor community and funding vehicle aimed at moving resources to Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) communities which have historically been marginalised by philanthropy and other forms of investment. Liberated Capital grantee partners are BIPOC-led initiatives working for transformative social change. Grants are offered monthly to support these organisations with unrestricted funds to support general operating costs, on a trust basis.

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