By: TFN Staff

Tyler Nickerson, a 2017 PLACES fellow and currently the first vice president of philanthropy banking at Amalgamated Bank, recently sat down for the Chronicle of Philanthropy with best-selling author and vice president of programs and advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education Edgar Villanueva to talk about his new book Decolonizing Wealth in which he gives guidance on how to heal philanthropy.

“Philanthropy is in the midst of a moment of contemplation and reflection. Many donors and foundation officials recognize that the beliefs, structures, and practices they’ve held are no longer serving their missions, especially if they don’t put people of color and others who have been marginalized at the center of their missions.

Of all the written opinions about what philanthropy should do going forward, none has landed as clear and heartfelt as Edgar Villanueva’s call for donors to tackle the colonized economic history of America. In his just-released book, Decolonizing Wealth, Villanueva applies what he has learned as a top official of the Schott Foundation and a member of the Lumbee Tribe in North Carolina to cast a vision for the steps philanthropy must take to fulfill its definition as the love of humanity.”

Read the full  piece in The Chronicle of Philanthropy here. 

About the Author

Tyler Nickerson is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Philanthropy and is first vice president at Amalgamated Bank. Previously he served as the founding director of investments and state strategy at the Solutions Project and program manager at the Dyer-Ives Foundation. You can find him on Twitter at @tylerwnickerson.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Amalgamated Bank.