Awards, fellowships, and recognition received in pursuit of decolonizing wealth.  

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Native Americans in Philanthropy Flying Eagle Woman Award

The Flying Eagle Woman Award was initiated in response to the loss of (O’Peqyaw-Metamoh ) Ingrid Washinawatok El-Issa. O’Peqyaw-Metamoh passed into the spirit world on March 4, 1999. She was a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and proud citizen of the Menominee Nation. Ingrid was an internationally known humanitarian who worked to further Native peoples’ rights, Native women’s issues, sovereignty, and human rights throughout the world. Throughout her lifetime, Ingrid was an activist when it came to promoting Native cultures and traditions.


Circle of Leadership Academy

Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) 


Terrance Keenan Fellowship in Health Philanthropy

The Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy, founded by GIH with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a living legacy through which Terrance Keenan’s words and deeds will continue to inspire future leaders in the field. The institute offers a tremendous opportunity for foundation leaders to enhance the professional development of their most promising staff by nominating them to be institute fellows. Terrance Keenan Institute fellows will spend two days with seasoned leaders from the field of health philanthropy, many of whom are past recipients of GIH’s Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy.


Rockwood Leadership Institute: Art of Leadership for Philanthropic Leaders, 2016

The Art of Leadership for Philanthropic Leaders is an application-based program where foundation leaders and executives develop core practices to elevate how they show up in the sector and in their work. 


The Edgar Villanueva HIV Philanthropy Award, 2015-present.  This Award is named after me for my work in developing the North Carolina Community AIDS Fund. 


Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellowship, 2006

Developing the next generation of leaders in Southern Philanthropy is central to SECF’s mission. At the heart of this work is our Hull Fellows Program, which has graduated more than 300 people – many of whom are now CEOs, senior executives and engaged trustees at their organizations.


Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award - 2006  

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is an award presented to graduating seniors, alumni, and community members of selected colleges and universities in the Southern United States for excellence of character and service to humanity.

The Award consists of a copper medallion, an engraved certificate, and the biography of Algernon Sydney Sullivan. Recipients were chosen yearly from the graduation class of each institution, which also had the privilege of honoring one non-student conspicuously helpful to and associated with the institution in its effort to encourage and preserve a high standard of character. (Source Wikipedia)