Valaida Fullwood

Valaida Fullwood

  • Social Innovator, The Giving Back Project

  • Co-Founder, New Generation of African American Philanthropists

  • Author, Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists

  • Exhibit Creator, Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited

  • Architect, Black Philanthropy Month

  • Blogger,

Described an “idea whisperer,” Valaida Fullwood brings unbridled imagination and a gift for harnessing wild ideas to her work as a writer, public speaker and consultant on various projects and events. Valaida is the award-winning author of Giving Back, a 400-page hardcover book profiling stories of philanthropy among African Americans that was developed with photographer Charles Thomas. Giving Back was named one of the 10 Best Black Books of 2011 and received the prestigious 2012 McAdam Book Award, which recognizes “the most inspirational and useful new book for the nonprofit sector.”

Valaida is a recognized thought leader on African American philanthropy and community-led philanthropy and is frequently invited by a variety of groups to write, talk and consult on the topic. She is featured in a 2013 TEDx Talk on philanthropy and was named the 2014 Lake Distinguished Visitor at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. In 2015, Valaida collaborated with HBCUs, museums and other cultural institutions to launch the multimedia, touring exhibition Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited. The exhibit has attracted major funding and is now touring cities nationwide.

Valaida’s writing and projects are featured on, and she enjoys social media connections on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter at @ValaidaF.