Tributary Talk Post-Event Info: The Donor’s Role in Resourcing Movements

Headwaters recently hosted a lunchtime Tributary Talk event about how donors can better center community through their giving. President Maria De La Cruz was joined by three influential guest speakers who shared stories and insights about the power of relationships, moving money into grassroots justice work, and how this kind of philanthropy can change society at every level.

Access the complete conversation here on Headwaters' YouTube Channel.

Here's a look at our guest speakers:

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Hali Lee is delighted to have been co-builder of a few pieces of philanthropic infrastructure.  She is founding partner of Radiant Strategies. She co-founded the Donors of Color Network, was on the co-design team for Philanthropy Together, and is the founder of the Asian Women Giving Circle.


Nneka Onwuzurike is a policy advisor, donor organizer, and writer. She is the Founder and CEO of 929 Consulting Group, a racial justice and economic development consulting firm that works with institutions and communities to democratize capital and power. She is also the Lead Donor Organizer for The Fields at Rootsprings, a cooperative-nonprofit partnership stewarding healing and retreat space for BIPOC artists, organizers, and healers in Minnesota.


Elizabeth Scott grew up in Omaha, Nebraska but has called Minnesota home for almost 25 years. At age 23 she inherited significant wealth and began the internal work of how to align her dollars with her core values.  During the past 10 years she has redistributed over five million dollars, as well as helped organize and support family members and other folks with high net worth to make giving plans and redistribute funds.


Maria De La Cruz, Headwaters' President, believes communities across Minnesota are increasingly calling on philanthropy to be smarter and more just. She leads HFJ’s fundraising, leadership development, and grantmaking strategies with that belief in mind. Maria influences and organizes the broader field to embrace similar approaches to their own strategies.

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