Feeling immense thanks to fellow BGB contributor Akira Barclay for this email message and photo, which made my day.
Current members of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program
I hope you are well. I just wanted to share how Giving Back is reaching an exciting audience and making an impact on how we learn and practice philanthropy.
As you may know, I completed the 2012 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program last year where my research project “The Value of Giving Circles in the Evolution of Community Philanthropy” referenced Giving Back. During the presentation of my research, I showed my copy of Giving Back and my peer Fellows and the Program administrators were very impressed.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to speak with the new cohort of Fellows about collective giving and giving circles. I thought it was the perfect time to present my gift copy of Giving Back (the one you signed). Needless to say, Barbara Leopold, Director of the International Fellows Program was delighted.
Attached is a photo of Barbara and the Emerging Leaders Fellows who have come to New York from across the globe to study community foundations and diaspora philanthropy.
Feedback from K-12 and college educators on the educational uses and benefits of Giving Back with students and people of all ages for lessons about philanthropy, social justice, writing, etc. is always welcome, like here and here. The note below is from a recent email from an associate dean at a university in New York.
Hi Valaida . . . I wanted to tell you that your book (which I am now about half-way through) struck the interest of my partner, as she is currently teaching a college course about different ways to do narrative, and your book tells stories so beautifully. She is going to bring the book to her class for her students to share and consider, because you tell stories in a very different way than, say, a novel or a comic book. I thought you would enjoy knowing that. Yours, Phil
Yes, this is so good to know. And I expect to stay posted on how it goes. — VF
Charles W. Thomas, Jr., photographer