This past Saturday I was introduced to Headwaters Foundation for Justices' The Giving Project, Headwaters staff and the 25 other amazing cohort participants.
I will be participating in the 5th Cohort over a sixth month period to advance Social Justice Philanthropy. Focusing on the root causes of social, economic, and environmental injustice. We will be focused on Fundraising & Funding through community organizing.
We will be setting a fundraising goal in the coming weeks, providing a personal meaningful gift and begin raising funds for The New Majority Fund.
The Giving Project Goals
One of the activities we did was Inspired by Marshall Ganz.
The Story of SELF, US, NOW Framework:
My Values: Learning, Ideas, Collaboration, Diversity, Equity, Empowerment.
My Hopes: Grow my understanding of philanthropy, develop my skills as fundraiser, tie my cohort experience back to my business and connect with other Changemakers in the Twin Cities.
Shaped Me: Adopted, Multi-Racial backgrounds, my mother, my educational training.
Stirs Me: Ideas, Students, opportunity, and possibility of change.
Today I attended a very good presentation presented by Dr. Ramo'n A Pastrano IV, of Impact Lives, on "The Hidden Brain & Unconscious Bias". The event was a collaboration between the YMCA and the Minneapolis Rotary Club. Here are a few take aways to think on:
First here are some social media links to Edgar Villanueva and his insightful book Decolonizing Wealth.
Author Edgar Villanueva hits on so many thought provoking areas in this book, his central question is what if wealth was used to heal us?" His book is a thoughtful analysis exploring the relationship and history between colonization and philanthropy. He provides deep indigenous wisdom to addressing inequalities in the field of philanthropy that are also applicable to education.
In his conclusion Edgar Villanueva stated "Decolonization takes us deep into the serpent's belly to confront the white supremacy, the savior complex, and the internal oppression that are entrenched in ourselves, our institutions, and our society."
I look forward to digging deeper into this book with the work I will be doing with the Headwaters Foundation for Justice, The Giving Project Cohort in 2019.