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Philanthropy in Communities of Color

August 6 @ 7:50 am - 9:00 am

Author and consultant, Valaida Fullwood, will share best practices she has experienced while engaging donors of color in philanthropy, how to be an ally for fundraisers of color, and the evolution of Black Philanthropy Month.

Valaida Fullwood is the award-winning author of Giving Back, a 400-page hardcover book profiling stories of philanthropy among African Americans that was developed with photographer Charles Thomas. Giving Back, her first book, was named one of the 10 Best Black Books of 2011 and received the prestigious 2012 McAdam Book Award, which recognizes “the most inspirational and useful new book for the nonprofit sector.” In 2020, Valaida earned ABFE’s Trailblazer Award as a part of its 29th James A. Joseph Awards.

Since the release of Giving Back, Valaida is recognized a thought leader on African American philanthropy and community-led philanthropy and is frequently invited by a variety of groups to write, talk and consult on the topic. She is featured in a 2013 TEDx Talk on philanthropy and was selected the 2014 Lake Distinguished Visitor at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University—the first African American to receive the honor. Valaida was named a 2012 Charlotte Catalyst by Uptown Magazine and the keynote speaker, at the 2013 North Carolina Center for Nonprofits statewide conference, delivering the message: Philanthropy For and By The People.

In collaboration with Johnson C. Smith University, an HBCU in Charlotte, NC, she attracted grant funding in 2014 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and other contributors totaling more than $240,000 to reimagine the book Giving Back as a multimedia, touring exhibit. Titled Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited, the exhibit is now traveling to college campuses, public libraries, cultural institutions and museums, nationwide. To date, two dozen organizations have presented the exhibition in such geographically and demographical disparate cities as Atlanta, GA, Denver, CO, Cleveland, OH and Portland, OR.

A born-and-bred North Carolinian, Valaida has deep hometown roots in Morganton and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in International Studies with a focus in Economics. For nearly a decade, she managed international economic development projects for General Electric and other major corporations, living and working overseas prior to establishing a Charlotte-based consulting practice.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required by Wednesday before the Friday event. You will receive the link to the meeting the day before, on Thursday, from Louise “Punky” Edison. The ZOOM meeting will start 10 minutes before 8am for networking…..come join us a little early. Please contact Louise “Punky” Edison, louise.edison69@gmail.com with questions.



August 6
7:50 am - 9:00 am
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