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About valaida

writer. thinker. listener. idea whisperer. traveler. mad word geek. absolute scrabble freak. drinker of life. da*n good friend. ridiculous foodie. imaginative dreamer. afflicted party planner. kind conqueror. okra lover. hillbilly w/ southern roots far-stretched global sights. author of book that reframes portraits of philanthropy. Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists | http://bit.ly/htLxQU

Go Far and Together

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Charles W. Thomas Jr., photographer Giving circles are growing in popularity, as indicated by this story in The New York Times…and this one from The Foundation Center…and this one from The Chronicle of Philanthropy. That’s why I’m…

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The ABC’s of Philanthropy

Guest blog post from Anita Garrett, for the last day of “An August of Dreams and Mountaintops” Anita M. Garrett is a social entrepreneur and journalist.  As the first Afrian-American to Chair Women In Philanthropy, a giving circle of the … Continue reading

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So Let It Be: An Interview with Carol Bebelle of New Orleans

If you attended the CIN 2010 conference in New Orleans, you might remember the community bus tour stop at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, where we ate amazing regional cuisine (including, unforgettable bread pudding!) and heard the music, cultural and history of … Continue reading

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Forward Giving Circle Launches

GOLDSBORO, NC—On August 4, hosts Charles McNair and Cheryl Alston will launch the Forward Giving Circle, a new circle for farmers and educators. The purpose of the event is to connect local individual and organizational givers and activists who are … Continue reading

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BPM 2013: GenWhy

This summer Community Investment Network sponsored Changing the Face of Philanthropy, a two-day, NYC summit for Black Millennials. Friends of Ebonie organized the first-ever gathering of its kind focused on next-gen giving and civic engagement. In an opening segment at … Continue reading

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BPM 2013: Q&A with Men Tchaas Ari

An abridged interview with Men Tchaas Ari, a founding member of Charlotte’s New Generation of African American Philanthropists, from the ‘Of Dreams and Mountaintops’ series of stories. The full interview will run via various media outlets during August 2013. Of Dreams … Continue reading

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License…Poetic, Philanthropic and Otherwise

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Gave away my soul. Giving back to get it back. Given what I know. Ava Wood Today is the last day of National Poetry Month and year-round I love sharing bits of poetry that were inked…

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Recap of the CIN 2013 Leadership Summit, Told Collectively

Click the link below for a Storify account of #CIN13LS: [View the story “CIN 2013 Leadership Summit” on Storify]

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9 Things You Missed If You Weren’t at the CIN Summit

Cathy Peterson is a registered nurse and founding member of New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP-Charlotte). She’s had a momentous, whirlwind year that you can read all about in her bio. Cathy represented her circle in Chapel Hill at … Continue reading

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From a Field of Dreams to a Moment of Action

CIN Board Member Kenny Ashe is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur. His business leadership skills that he initially developed at his alma mater, Florida A&M University and ultimately sharpened in the corporate arena are making an impact in the nonprofit/philanthropic sector. … Continue reading

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