Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

A Conversation with Edgar Villanueva & The 2019 Funders Forum

Picture of Edgar Villanueva
Thursday, September 26, 2019 -
10:00am to 3:00pm EDT
Congregation Bet Ha'am - 81 Westbrook Street, South Portland
Registration Fee: 
Members: $120.00
Non-members: $155.00
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In Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance, Edgar Villanueva explores how money and various forms of privilege - together with colonial mindsets, processes, and structures - have divided and wounded people, communities, and organizations throughout the history of the United States. An enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe, Edgar also suggests that Indigenous wisdom might help us decolonize wealth, so that it can be used to heal, restore, and connect.

About the Day

On September 26, Edgar will join us for a time of conversation and sharing. The day's schedule is as follows:

10am - 12:30pm: A Conversation with Edgar Villanueva and Maine Leaders. The morning will feature remarks by Edgar Villanueva, followed by a conversation in which he and Jeannette Andre (the Maine Philanthropy Center's new president and CEO) discuss how equity and justice relate to philanthropy, nonprofit work, and funder-nonprofit relationships. Afterward, Maine-based nonprofit leaders and funders will share how they and their organizations are working to decolonize their professional endeavors, relationships, and institutions. Panelists include:

There will be opportunities for audience participation and questions.

12:30 - 1:15pm: Lunch. All are invited to an unprogrammed lunch. At meal's end, our nonprofit and consultant colleagues will be able to casually linger for additional networking time. Funders who are participating in the 2019 Funder Forum will transition to an afternoon content session.

1:15 - 3:00pm: Funders Forum. After lunch, funders will gather to think together about how to respond to questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion in tactical, strategic ways. This year's Funders Forum will focus on Census 2020 and how the philanthropic sector can help support a complete count. Participants will hear about the implications of Census 2020, learn how funders are working to help ensure that under-counted communities are represented, and explore options for taking action toward equity and justice right here in Maine.

3:30pm - 4:30pm: Optional Reception with Jeannette Andre. The Funders Forum will be followed by a reception with Jeannette Andre, the MPC's new president and CEO. All are welcome - funders and nonprofit leaders alike. For planning purposes, please let us know whether you will attend by RSVPing at the "Reception with Jeannette Andre" event page.

We hope that you will join us in order to spend some time with Edgar, Jeannette, and your colleagues.

Edgar's book, Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance, will be available for purchase at a discount at this event.

About Edgar

Edgar Villanueva is a globally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy. Edgar 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. He 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. In addition to working in philanthropy for many years, Edgar 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.

About the Panelists

Maria Girouard of Penobscot Nation is an historian with particular expertise in the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act. She holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Maine. Maria is a longstanding community organizer and activist of environmental and social justice. She is a founder of The Peoples' Garden community garden at Penobscot Nation and dedicates many volunteer hours to community gardening. Maria is a 2015 recipient of the prestigious Maryann Hartman Award for her advocacy work on preserving the rights and cultural heritage of Penobscot Nation. She serves Maine-Wabanaki REACH as coordinator of health, wellness, and self-determination.

Marcia Minter is a natural leader, an artist and experienced marketing professional. Co-founder of the Indigo Arts Alliance—a nonprofit dedicated to the creative cultivation of people of color—she has spent her career as a creative director and thought leader for some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Microsoft, Nordstrom, Essence Magazine, and AGA Marketing and Design. Currently at L.L. Bean, she serves as vice president and creative director. A rare individual in her field, Marcia is a fierce advocate for the arts, community engagement and social activism, serving as board member of The Portland Museum of Art, Maine Media Workshops and College, Maine Partners of the Americas, and Portland Ovations.

Gabriela Alcalde is the newest executive director of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. She brings to the position over 20 years’ experience as a leader, grantmaker, and scholar working at the intersections of public health, community organizing, advocacy, racial equity and systems change. Over the course of her career, Gabriela has worked in the academic, governmental, and nonprofit sectors, developing an approach that recognizes the interrelated, systems-driven and community-centered nature of human and environmental health and wellbeing. A nationally recognized scholar and leader in public health and health philanthropy, Gabriela has published and presented widely on a host of topics related to public health, health disparities, women’s and reproductive health, intimate partner violence, immigrant justice, and equity in philanthropy. Gabriela holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Louisville, a master’s degree in public health from Boston University, and a doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 

Lelia DeAndrade is vice president of community impact at the Maine Community Foundation. In this role, she provides leadership for the foundation’s grantmaking and community impact operations, which includes the development, delivery, and evaluation of programmatic strategies and policies. Lelia holds a PhD in sociology from Syracuse University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard. Before joining the staff of the Maine Community Foundation, Dr. DeAndrade was the associate director of the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence, where she designed and delivered anti-bias programs for angry kids and misbehaving adults in a variety of settings. She moved to Maine in 1994 to teach on the faculty at Bowdoin College.

Note: This conversation offers tiered nonprofit pricing that is based upon organization budget. When registering, please select the radio button that applies to your organization. If the proposed registration fee is beyond your means, please write to Alyssa (click HERE) to inquire about options for making the event financially accessible.

Our event cancellation and refund policies may be accessed HERE.

Do you need an accomodation in order to fully participate in this program? Please contact Alyssa Lodewick at or 207-228-8289 as soon as possible to discuss your specific needs.

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