What would true, reparative giving in the philanthropic sector look like?

In this first episode of the Reimagining Philanthropy podcast, host Senator Ratna Omidvar asks guests Kris Archie and Edgar Villanueva a big question that looms over the philanthropic sector: “If accumulated wealth comes from years of oppression, exploitation, and colonization, then is philanthropy simply an expression of atonement at best or a cover-up at worst?”

In this first episode of the Reimagining Philanthropy podcast, host Senator Ratna Omidvar asks guests Kris Archie and Edgar Villanueva a big question that looms over the philanthropic sector: “If accumulated wealth comes from years of oppression, exploitation, and colonization, then is philanthropy simply an expression of atonement at best or a cover-up at worst?”


What is possible when we make space for the conversations we need to be having, grapple with the tensions we need to be holding, and ask the questions we need to be asking?

The Reimagining Philanthropy podcast goes beyond the written word to explore the issues and questions the philanthropic sector needs to reflect and act on. The series is produced in collaboration with Senator Ratna Omidvar and brings together Canadian and international colleagues to tackle these questions.

In this first episode, the panellists explore what reparative change in the sector should look like. Kris Archie offers an expansive view of philanthropy, grounded in stewardship and ethical redistribution, and asks individuals working in settler philanthropy to examine how they are complicit in white supremacy. Edgar Villanueva asks listeners to “begin with a place of truth around the origins of wealth and how wealth has been accumulated.” Both guests offer tangible steps for how organizations can take part in real wealth redistribution, shift power directly back to communities, and move “reconciliation rhetoric” forward into these actions of reciprocity.

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