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Described an “idea whisperer,” Valaida brings unbridled imagination and a gift for harnessing wild ideas to her work as writer, strategist and social innovator. She’s a traveler who calls Charlotte home.

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News of the recent IMLS grant award to Johnson C. Smith University still hasn’t quite seeped in. Translating Giving Back into a museum exhibition that will tour college campuses and historically Black cultural institutions over the next two years is a dream come true. And the dream keeps getting better. Every week a new university or museum reaches out to inquire about hosting the exhibition, t...

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“I have a habit of letting my imagination run away from me. It always comes back though . . . drenched with possibilities.”
Valaida Fullwood

“Giving Back is like chicken and dumplings for the giver’s soul . . . warm, familiar and filled with rich and nourishing content.”
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“I have a habit of letting my imagination run away from me. It always comes back though . . . drenched with possibilities.”
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“Giving Back is like chicken and dumplings for the giver’s soul . . . warm, familiar and filled with rich and nourishing content.”
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“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.”
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“Those that don't got it, can't show it. Those that got it, can't hide it.”
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Valaida Fullwood NOTE FROM COLLEGE STUDENT who read Giving Back . . .

"Good morning, recently I have read your book Giving Back. I found it very inspirational and as a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. I found it very profound and deep and at the same time it is the simple truth that people need to hear. I would throughly enjoy if you spoke at our school....I truly appreciate you taking your time out to read this."

— J. Collins

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Valaida Fullwood NOTE FROM RECIPIENT OF GIFT COPY of Giving Back . . .

Your book looks stunning. Just stunning. Peace.

GR


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Valaida Fullwood NOTE FROM READER of Giving Back . . .

Best wishes to you in your endeavors. I love your book. The photos are fantastic. Great job! I am happy to spread the news to my friends.

Dr. J
(Juanita M.)


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Valaida Fullwood TWEET FROM TWITTER FOLLOWER & READER of "Giving Back" . . .

@ValaidaF Moments ago, I received my copy of Giving Back! Can't wait to read w/ a glass of cool cucumber agua tonight pic.twitter.com/Waja4rzB

DVF


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Valaida Fullwood NOTE FROM READER of "Giving Back" that made a Friday even sweeter . . .

Valaida,

I read your book last night, and was so moved. Your vision and your eloquence are amazing.

Thank you for such a beautiful gift to our community.

Judy


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Valaida Fullwood NOTE FROM READER of the new book Giving Back . . .

Dear Valaida,

I got to start your book over the weekend. Wow, it is lovely.

It touches so many parts of my life—and hits many chords that I believe I share with your family. Though I am not from African descent, I spent over 2 years of my life on that continent. Many of the things that you shared about your African roots rang so true to my experience. Africans are people who understand philanthropy at its core—taking care of one another, sharing what little we have with someone who has less, respecting and caring for your elders, ...

I plan to take my time reading your book and savoring each page. It is a beautiful work of art and love.

Thank you.

Caroline M. Avery
Executive Director
Community Foundation of Burke County


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Valaida Fullwood PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“Giving Back shines a long overdue spotlight on the legacy of giving which is so much a part of the African American community’s DNA and spirit. Writer Valaida Fullwood and photographer Charles Thomas Jr. have beautifully captured both in words and pictures untold stories of generosity which move and inspire. Giving Back should be positioned in a place of honor on the bookshelf and coffee table of every black family in America.”

— Judy Belk, senior vice president, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

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Valaida Fullwood My day...no, week made. Just got an email that read:

"Valaida! My copy of Giving Back arrived today and it is Beautiful!! Beautiful! Beautiful! Goosebumps Beautiful! Brava!"

Happy beyond words.


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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“This book is a must read for all who want a truer and deeper understanding of American philanthropy in particular philanthropy in the Black community. Historical analysis and rich personal stories…it’s all here.”

— Wenda Weekes Moore, trustee, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“This is the most powerful representation of philanthropy that I have seen in more than a decade in this field. The stories, the quotes, the voices and the photographs are uniformly vivid and extraordinary….A reminder that, in its roots, philanthropy should be felt, not thought.”

— Robert K. Ross, M.D., president and CEO, The California Endowment

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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“Valaida Fullwood’s Giving Back provides full exposure to the philanthropic treasures we as African Americans have always shared but are rarely credited with in discussions of African American philanthropy. This photographic masterpiece, which certainly tells a story, gives viewers an opportunity to develop their own story as well. What a way to learn!”

— Nelson Bowman, III, director of development, Prairie View A&M University

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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“Giving Back is a beautiful book that masterfully demonstrates the power of African American giving. Through riveting photography and engaging vignettes, Valaida Fullwood tells the story of philanthropy at its purest. Giving Back showcases the diversity in giving that has taken place for centuries and continues to thrive in Black communities. Anyone interested in philanthropy, Black giving, and African American history and culture will enjoy reading this wonderful new book.”

— Marybeth Gasman, Ph.D., professor, University of Pennsylvania and author of Uplifting a People: African American Philanthropy and Education

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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“Beautiful. Powerful. Poignant. Giving Back is more than a book: It is a gift to each of us given the opportunity to walk this journey through each page, each voice, each story and each photograph. Philanthropy is practiced in many different ways around the world. Giving Back teaches us that philanthropy is practiced in many different ways right here at home—in our history, our present and our future.”

— Steve Gunderson, former president and CEO, Council on Foundations

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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“Giving Back looks poignantly at the notion of giving. The meticulously edited narrative enlightens us about the idea of caring and sharing communities. From this book, one sees through Thomas’s photographs relationships marked by respect and honor. The text and photographs inform the reader about strength, in multiple perspectives.

“Through the rich photographs—which are full of spirit and beauty both enhanced by the framing of the subjects—we see Thomas’s respectful eye. The book simply tells us that Black people care which is evidenced in the photographs and the narratives. This book is useful for anyone who is interested in philanthropy but also will be appreciated by people who have a love for portrait photography.

“Giving Back is a valuable resource and, in my view, will encourage others to reconsider what it means to give. 

It is a welcome addition to books promoting this field. I found the idea of the book stimulating, as it is a much overlooked discussion. Fullwood and Thomas assembled a remarkable book that informs and honors. It enables us to imagine through the quotes, as the photographs illuminate and engage us about the pleasure of giving.”


— Deborah Willis, Ph.D., NYU professor, author, historian, photographer and 

2000 MacArthur genius award recipient

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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“Never again will I frame my conversation on how African Americans give under the guises of ‘Black people give differently—our philanthropy is different because we primarily see giving through our faith.’ We give holistically!

“Valaida Fullwood’s Giving Back captivated me from the cover photo where I connected with the hands—memories of my grandmother’s skin—lined with dreams deferred and the promise of aspirations and achievement. Giving Back is indeed a form of personal engagement as well as deep conversational sharing. It is undeniably the missing formula to the roots of African American philanthropy. Simply stated: Giving Back, through stories of everyday people aided with photography of the moment, is poignant and more of a revelation than any article or research publication on the topic of African American giving.

“Since reading Giving Back, from now on, I will tell my philanthropy story with pride and without excuses or apologies.”

— Ruby Bright, executive director, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“Giving Back is a must have book for all! It brings to life African American giving and highlights philanthropic acts that many of us perform daily without naming it ‘philanthropy.’ The combination of photographs and narrative effectively reframes the dialogue on philanthropy, particularly among the unsung heroes and heroines contributing to daily growth and prosperity in our communities.

“A must have book of our history and a great teaching toolkit!”

— Ivye L. Allen, Ph.D., president and CEO, Foundation for the Mid South

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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“This book shares the stories of men and women whose philanthropy, big or small, is an indelible part of American history. Through their individual and collective generosity, children were educated, families were strengthened, communities were built and their legacy is a bridge for the next generation. On each page, I recognized—if not by name—the spirit of someone I know and respect. These lessons on the ‘love of humankind’ are universal.”

— Deborah J. Richardson, executive vice president, National Center for Civil and Human Rights

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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“You just never know what will generate the spark that transforms a life, a community or a people. It might be that kind, encouraging word; or maybe ‘a couple of bucks to help you get by;’ how about the time that you spent with me sharing the secrets to your success; or, the scholarship that you gave privately so I could attend summer camp. You just never know what little thing (or great thing) will provide that inspiration for another to soar to higher heights.

“That message is loud and clear within Giving Back. It leaps out at you when you read the individual profiles that are provided by sons, daughters, mentees and admirers. It is prevalent in the responses to the book’s probing questions. Giving Back will be a great read for anyone who has an interest in making a difference!”

— Richard “Stick” Williams, president, Duke Energy Foundation

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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“It’s difficult to capture into words all the emotions I felt as I read through this book.

“Giving Back is simply beautiful. Beautiful through its stories. Beautiful through its photography. Beautiful through the real narratives of generosity and philanthropy. Beautiful through spirituality. Beautiful because of the hope it inspires from our past, for our present and the future.”

— Eugene Cho, co-founder and executive director, One Day’s Wages

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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“Philanthropy. Does that word make you think of some 19th century captain-of-industry sitting in his office, doling out bits of his fortune? This marvelous book will give you a fresh perspective. ‘Giving back’ is rooted deep in African American history. And it’s often done with a community approach, rather than by a lone individual. Charles Thomas’s artful photographs and the inspiring words by Valaida Fullwood and her community of collaborators carry a powerful message: Philanthropy is something that we all can do.”

— Tom Hanchett, Ph.D., staff historian, Levine Museum of the New South and author of Sorting Out The New South

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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“Weaving photographs, testimonials and personal stories of Black people from all walks of life, Valaida Fullwood has created a work of art that reveals the essence of philanthropy—which is giving. For centuries, Black women, men and children have been giving in ways that defy traditional definitions of philanthropy.

“Giving Back is a revelation. Readers will be astounded by the breadth and depth of Black philanthropy.”

— Deborah Holmes, vice president for communications, Global Fund for Women

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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“Indescribably powerful presentation in images and words of philanthropists who understood their actions of ‘just trying to lend a hand.’ Engagingly spiritual which will energize readers yet born.

“A must have.”

— The Reverend Clifford A. Jones, Sr., senior pastor, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

“Astonishing . . . so beautiful, so deep and yet so inviting.

“Giving Back belongs in every American home, not just every home of Americans of African descent. Each page connects the readers and the children they love to generosity that God, the Declaration of Independence and our awe-inspiring Black forebears taught us all.

“A visual triumph. A story that has not been told!”

— Claire Gaudiani, Ph.D., author of The Greater Good, Generosity Unbound and Daughters of the Democracy

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Valaida Fullwood ADVANCE PRAISE for the new book Giving Back:

"Through a rich tapestry of voices and images, including inspirational interviews, stunning photographs, thoughtful commentary, and wide-ranging quotations, Giving Back captures the essence and generosity of African American donors as never before. No one—including the leaders of non-profit organizations—could fail to be moved and enlightened by these vivid reminders of the potential of African American philanthropy.

“The book is beautiful and so inspirational, I now know what I will be getting everyone as a Christmas present!”

— Michele Minter, vice president for development, The College Board

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