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"Giving Back is a joyous exultation at the power of the human spirit." 

-- Michael Solender, Charlotte ViewPoint


"An uplifting opus...a touching tribute" 

-- Kam Williams, Sly Fox Reviews


"This is the kind of book I will go back to time and again." 

-- Lucy Bernholz, PHILANTHROPY 2173



"This is the most powerful representation of philanthropy that I have seen in more than a decade in this field. The stories, the quotes, the voices and the photographs are uniformly vivid and extraordinary....A reminder that, in its roots, philanthropy should be felt, not thought." 

-- Robert K. Ross, M.D., The California Endowment

"Giving Back belongs in every American home, not just every home of Americans of African descent. A story that has not been told!"

-- Claire Gaudiani, PhD, author of The Greater Good, Generosity Unbound and Daughters of the Democracy  

From the Author

Zora Neale Hurston, a writer whom I admire, once said: "There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you." Giving Back contains a vast collection of stories--photographic imagery and narrative form--that I ached to tell.

-- Valaida Fullwood
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: John F Blair Pub (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895875640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895875648
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a real philanthropist! I did not know this until I read my life on the pages of Giving Back and saw my self - mother, father, elders and children - in this book. I cried as I read and looked at the awesome pictures. By the end, I realized how I was so wrong about what a philanthropist is. Now when I give, large or small, money or time, I do so with a raised consciousness that I am, in deed, a philanthropist. I am so thankful for the unsung, courageous, ordinary people in this book who help us all see just how extraordinary we can be just by paying it forward through our Giving Back. Little becomes much when we all Give Back. Bravo!!!
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When you think of the amazing triumphs in African American entrepreneurship over the last two centuries +, despite institutional discrimination by banks and other lenders it is refreshing to learn that the seeds of business investment, home ownership and advanced education were germanted through philanthropy. Yes PHILANTHROPY in the African American community!
This wonderful book chronicles philanthropists and those who inspired them to give of their time, talent and money in an authentic, thoughtful and creative manner.
My hats off to the committed folks who inspired this work and more importantly for inspiring me to give back.
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Giving Back highlights the way every-day African Americans make a difference in their community. It gives one pause to think how the smallest of actions can have tremendous, positive impacts in the lives of others. The book offers portraits of local philanthropists mainly from North Carolina, but the book has broad appeal, and would be an inspiration for any reader. The black and white photography adds depth to the stories, especially when the authors of the individual vignettes are pictured with those that have inspired them.
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Giving Back's beauty resonates as a rich and deep tapestry of old and new voices who are honorably given sacred space to tell their stories. To be heard, really heard, is a gift indeed. It is a book offered in gratitude for all that has come before and in hope for all to come. Giving back sings like a hymn,reads like a poem,and touches like a painting. It is a book that richly deserves a place of honor in your home and heart.
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Giving Back is an outstanding and refreshing portrayal of philanthropy. Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists It captures real life people making a difference. It shows people that are not only giving their money but also their time and their talents to make the world a better place. The author and photographer have brought this to life beautifully. A splendid must have book that is not only well done but inspiring. Bravo!
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This beautifully framed portrait of a longstanding tradition in the African diaspora sheds much needed light on a shared mindset and operating system of the African-American community that is all too often buried beneath images of poverty, misogyny, violence, and unrest. I think this book is a must have for black households worldwide. Buy it, put it on your coffee table, and invite all your friends of other races over for tea.
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This collectible is more than a nice book to display on your coffee table. But it is indeed a resource that will inspire people and communities to "see" themselves in a positive light. Images are powerful tools that can illuminate your perspective about an issue. Well, this book weaves a dual purpose of providing commentary to complement those images. The photo of the hands on the cover conveys a compelling story that accentuates the title, "Giving Back". I plan to give copies of this book during National Philanthropy Month as gifts for friends, family, and colleagues.
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I love to give coffee table books as holiday gifts. I can always strike the right note because there are so many beautiful ones to choose from, especially as the holidays approach.

This book has enchanting portraits and I love knowing the stories of these folks. I hadn't really thought about there being different styles of philanthropy, certain traditions within subcultures when it comes to giving. Enlightening!

I am giving this beautiful gift this year.
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