Biological wolves identify as sheep in sheep’s clothing: On large private foundations

Samantha Suppiah
11 min readApr 29, 2023
a sheep in wolf’s clothing, Sailor Jillian, 2019

Today’s global landscapes of white supremacy and colonial hegemony are designed and dictated by private wealth, too often in the form of private foundations in too-close relationships with intergovernmental organisations and multinational corporations.

Let’s say such a private foundation suddenly grew conscious of this fact, so conscious that they became unable to continue ignoring existential guilt and shame around their own historic and present roles in strengthening the power structures that have brought us all planetary systems collapse.

Here I understand you may require a few minutes to complete your absolutely hysterical ROFLMFAO response.
Kindly compose yourself.
When you’re ready, take a deep breath, suspend your big cringe disbelief with me and consider that in their guilt, such private foundations do, in fact, wish to set things right.


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What types of foundations are we talking about here?

Foundation Source explains the basics:

A private foundation is…



Samantha Suppiah

Southeast Asian trickster. Design strategist for decolonial sustainability & regeneration.