To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. — Johannes A. Gaertner
Giving thanks on Thanksgiving.
— Ava Wood
No time today to pen a new poem, so I’ve recycled this haiku from Giving Back that I post here at least once a year.
Wishing you sweet sonnets, heavenly haiku, cozy couplets and such during National Poetry Writing Month!
While it’s not a Justin Timberlake kind of “sexy,” it’s a topic we think is pretty hot. So…We’re Bringing Giving Back!
Join us Wednesday, February 26, when New Generation of African American Philanthropists will present at the February lunch meeting of Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP), Charlotte Chapter.
Find more info here: AFP Charlotte February 2014 Monthly Meeting
Keeping it simple today with a video…particularly since a picture speaks a thousand words and since music begins where words end.
(there’s music so check your volume)
Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul. — Dorothy Day, journalist and social activist
Phoenix rising on the horizon as the Arizona Community Foundation presents its Feed Your Soul lecture series.
“In honor of Black History Month, the Black Philanthropy Initiative will host an intimate discussion regarding the history of African American giving, featuring Valaida Fullwood, author of Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, and Charlene Tarver, Esq., estate planning attorney.
Join us as we investigate the journey through Black traditions in giving and explore ways to drive change in our communities.”
More info here.
Three stories have come my way the last week or two, revealing how the video introducing Giving Back, titled [ philanthropy reframed ], is being used as a tool with a range of groups and in a variety of settings. Immense satisfaction fills me when I hear these stories. With a running time of a whopping 2.5 minutes, the book trailer took nearly as long to produce as the book and required eking out every ounce of my perseverance and resourcefulness.
So here’s one example of how and why the video is being shared with youth:
“Our Jack and Jill teens group is comprised of five young people in high school. …They are committed to philanthropy and giving back—a characteristic that will distinguish them as a small but mighty set of young people, and we are using ‘philanthropy reframed’ as an orientation to owning the language.”
Then there’s this example:
“I shared ‘philanthropy reframed‘ in a [church] seminar just this past week. Your personal advice about connection, audience and your speaking engagements touched me…a wonderful reminder of God’s grace, and how He works through people too.”
And then there’s this piece that was sent to a friend and then forwarded to me:
“… I was recently in a leadership training workshop and we viewed a short video that YOU were in!!! It was about the changing face of philanthropy. Basically African Americans’ increasing role in philanthropy…Many people from my leadership class (including myself) wanted a copy of that video! If you have it, can you forward me a link or URL to that video? It was super impact-ful!”
So if you’ve never seen it or it’s been a while, here it is . . .
“Although I’ve previously browsed through your book, I now have a copy and began to read through each page. I am still only at the beginning, but I have to tell you that it is so very moving and inspiring.
You ask how we define philanthropy? I think philanthropy is the soul revealed—and that’s what makes your book so powerful. And, you have such a beautiful way of writing. So, I just had to tell you this and to thank you for your beautiful book.”
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
Sweet note from a reader this week:
“I wanted to let you know that a couple of my colleagues were at the N.C. Center for Nonprofits Conference last week and said they REALLY enjoyed your speech! One said it broadened their perspective on philanthropy and provided a take on philanthropy that doesn’t get told enough. I could not have been happier to hear that! When they found out we had a copy of the book, they were in the conference room checking it out. I thought I would share a piece, although a small example, of the impact of your work. P.S. …I was utterly and totally envious of the church fan takeaways they came back with…feeling jealous (smile)”
Elon Homes and Schools for Children chose to give a signed copy of Giving Back as a gift to Dr. Ben Carson, world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, who was featured at the Education Matters fundraising luncheon this week.
Knowing that luminaries with gifts, achievements and biographies that inspire—like Dr. Carson, Marian Wright Edelman, Amiri Baraka, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and others—now have Giving Back is a gift in and of itself.