Friday, April 6, 2012

Landmark Book on Black Philanthropy Celebrates Success

Valaida Fullwood, author, and Charles W. Thomas, Jr., photographer of “Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists”

In October 2011, the first coffee table style book on black philanthropy was published, Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists. We're happy to share that book sales have been very brisk - during the last quarter of 2011, 100 books a week were distributed on average! Due to demand, the authors are now preparing for an immediate reprint of their hardcover, collectible book that reframes portraits of philanthropy.

In just six months, Giving Back was named one of the 10 Best Black Books of 2011; ranked among Amazon's bestsellers in Arts & Photography (Portraits); generated 40+ media stories; and attracted a sizable social media following.

Proceeds from the book benefit New Generation of African American Philanthropists, a giving circle based in Charlotte, NC. The giving circle has participated in over 30 book events, engaged 1,400 people directly through those events and distributed nearly 1,500 books,with each purchase benefiting the circle's mission and grantmaking. Further, enthusiastic book buyers have shared news of donating Giving Back to schools, churches and library collections and giving it as a gift to family, friends and influential luminaries, including college presidents, corporate executives, foundation heads and White House staff.

If you haven't purchased the book, we encourage you to order soon! Back orders are accumulating and new sponsoring partners are being sought to meet public demand. Two new sponsoring partners are Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. and Crossroads Charlotte. Each new funder brings them closer to their vision of a robust and multi-dimensional civic engagement campaign, promoting philanthropy that is inclusive, responsive and community led.

Below are upcoming events for Giving Back and information if you'd like to host a book event in your community.

The Denver Foundation, with The Links, Incorporated-Denver Chapter and Community Investment Network (CIN)

Book talk and reception at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
April 18, 2012
5:30-7:30 pm
Denver, CO
More info here.

North Carolina State University * African American Cultural Center
Panel discussion on Black philanthropy and post-event book signing with Darryl Lester of Hindsight Consulting
April 19, 2012
5:30 pm
Raleigh, NC

The Cleveland Foundation * Annual African American Philanthropy Summit
Co-facilitated discussion during the opening plenary with Darryl Lester of Hindsight Consulting
April 21, 2012
8:00 am
Warrenville Heights, OH

Council on Foundations * Annual Philanthropy Conference
Author appearance and book signing
April 29, 2012
4:30-5:30 pm
Los Angeles, CA

YMCA of Northwest North Carolina * 15th Annual Black Achievers in Business and Industry Awards Gala
Keynote address, with post-event book signing
May 17, 2012
6:30 pm
Winston-Salem, NC

Previous book signings and events have been held in Atlanta and Washington, DC. You can engage in discussions about African American philanthropy in your community by hosting a Giving Back book event. Contact or call 704.516.2819. You can follow happenings via Twitter (@ValaidaF), Facebook,,, the website and the blog  Alex Johnson III