Webinar: Engaging Black Philanthropists
The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Xavier will present a free live viewing webinar, “Engaging Black Philanthropists”, Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Convocation Center Annex Room 111, featuring writer and project consultant Valaida Fullwood and New Orleans icon Linetta Gilbert.
The event, which includes lunch, is free but RSVPs are required. Visit HERE to register. Those interests in viewing online can register HERE.
About the Speaker: Valaida Fullwood
Described an "idea whisperer," Fullwood brings unbridled imagination and a gift for harnessing wild ideas to her work as a writer, public speaker and consultant on an array of projects and events. She is the award-winning author of Giving Back, a 400-page hardcover book profiling stories of philanthropy among African Americans, a collaboration with photographer Charles Thomas and Charlotte giving circle New Generation of African American Philanthropists. Giving Back 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.”
Fullwood is a recognized thought leader on Black 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 and was named a Lake Distinguished Visitor at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. In 2015, the innovative museum exhibit The Soul of Philanthropy – a re-imagining of the book Giving Back – launched as one of the newest dimension of her work and is now touring the country. Fullwood also is one of the architects of Black Philanthropy Month.
The icon: Linetta Gilbert
Linetta Gilbert is rewriting the rules of philanthropy, showing us that it isn't restricted to people with fat checkbooks who donate to already-flush organizations. Through her years of experience, including nearly a decade with the Ford Foundation, Gilbert – whose areas of concern including housing, violence prevention, health and education policies, and child-welfare services – has worked to strengthen community-based philanthropic organizations, such as the Greater New Orleans Foundation, to build community strength and enhance the overall quality of life. In addition to getting money to organizations that need it, Gilbert also works to strengthen the boards that run these enterprises, to enhance the diversity of board membership and to make New Orleans a better, strong and more resilient city.