Social Justice Philanthropy and the Indigenous Community

With over 15 years engaging in "social justice philanthropy," an author and member of the Lumbee Tribe encourages faith communities to revitalize the ways that they approach money, wealth and philanthropy.


Last updated 6/15/2020 at 5:23pm

Edgar Villaneuva

Edgar Villanueva, vice president of programs and advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education, uses the indigenous idea of "money as medicine" as a guide to dismantling colonialism.

Even though they couldn't make the mortgage, Edgar Villanueva's church gave. They took on significant risks, supporting missionaries, responding to natural disasters, helping hungry families.

They felt called to make major investments in the community, so they did. Even though it was scary, God always just provided, Villanueva said. It was biblical, he said, to continue toward their calling and trust that things were going to be OK.

"Helping generate wealth in diverse communities is one of the greatest things that churches can do," Villanueva said.

A registered member of the Lumbee Tribe of...

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