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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

NYC Discussion Conveys Beauty of Black Philanthropy

Ebonie Johnson Cooper is a member of the CIN giving circle Black Benefactors and founder of Friends of Ebonie, a public relations group focused on philanthropy among Black Millennials. Ebonie recently attended a Black Gives Back event in New York … Continue reading

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Grasping The Root Meaning of Philanthropy

Radical simply means ‘grasping things at the root.’ — Angela Davis Let’s engage in the radical work of reclaiming the root meaning of philanthropy: love of humanity. Philanthropy, a curious word to many, evokes a range of images, beliefs and emotions. … Continue reading

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Yep. Due to steady public demand, we’ve sold out the first printing of Giving Back and a second printing is underway. This fact thrills me almost as much as releasing the book in October 2011. (Note:…

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“…there is much more to doing good work than ‘making a difference.’ There is the principle of first do no harm. There is the idea that those who are being helped ought to be consulted over…

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Photograph from "Giving Bsck" |Charles W. Thomas Jr., photographer “African American philanthropy is a stunning example of ‘populist philanthropy.’ We as a people have been able to demonstrate how philanthropy is a form of relationship with…

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Demonstrate The Power of The Collective!

Community Investment Network (CIN) brings new donors, new voices and new ideas to philanthropy to fuel social change. You can help us TODAY by bringing new fans to our Facebook page. The window to act and “Like” is March 14-16. … Continue reading

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NetWORKing

The Board of Directors of Community Investment Network (CIN) recently gathered in Birmingham for its first in-person meeting of 2012.  The weekend was filled with intense planning sessions and in-depth discussions for decisions, plus some fun times and sightseeing around “The Magic City.” Board … Continue reading

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Simply Put . . .

Why CIN promotes collective giving, collective influence and collective impact: “The cleverness of one alone is a shallow well that soon dries up.” — Ugandan proverb 

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His “Dream”: A Real and Virtual Touchstone for Today

 MLK Day 2012 | On the importance of individual contributions Written by Dr. Ben Dixon, a CIN member since 2005 By now, less than three months since its opening on October 16, 2011, thousands of us have stepped down from … Continue reading

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A Confluence of Influence

“The nation’s premier multi-cultural awards show celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors” — About the 43rd NAACP Image Awards … Continue reading

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