August 10, 2023 - Black Philanthropy Month Event

When:  Aug 10, 2023 from 05:30 PM to 08:30 PM (ET)
Associated with  AFP TN, Southeastern Chapter

Black Philanthropy Month Event
Featuring Author and Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Tyrone M. Freeman, Ph.D.

*Online registration for this event is closed. Onsite registration will be available.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. – Reception
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. – Keynote
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. – Book Signing

Tennessee Aquarium
River Building
1 Broad St
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Onsite Registration
Members & Non-Members: $40
Students: $20

*Students must show ID at the door.

About the Event

he Gifts of Black Folk: Lessons from History to Help Fundraisers Be More Inclusive

Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Ph.D.

In this keynote presentation, participants will explore elements of the past and present of African American philanthropy to gain insights into fundraising’s current grappling with inclusion, diversity, equity and access. Featuring leading research on diverse philanthropy, the presentation will use historical and contemporary storytelling to engage important themes that help fundraisers better connect with diverse givers.

The conversation will be moderated by Greg Funderburg, Development & Marketing Director of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga.

This event will be open to the public. Fundraisers attending this event will receive CFRE credits.

Participants will learn how to:

Apply the 5 historical practices of Black generosity to facilitate engagement by diverse givers today.

Engage the "complicated” affinities diverse givers often have with nonprofits that can impede giving and relationship-building.

Address several interpersonal and institutional barriers to the engagement and participation of diverse givers in fundraising.

Dr. Freeman's Book

Dr. Freeman’s book, Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow, will be available for purchase at the event.

About the Author

Dr. Tyrone McKinley Freeman is a 2022 Inaugural Laureate of the Dan David Research Prize, “the largest history prize in the world.” The award-winning scholar and teacher is Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Previously, he was a professional fundraiser in community development, youth and family social services, and higher education organizations. He was also Associate Director of The Fund Raising School, where he trained nonprofit leaders in the United States, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

His research focuses on philanthropy in communities of color and philanthropy in higher education. His latest book, Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow (University of Illinois Press, 2020), won the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Skystone Partners Research Prize in Fundraising and Philanthropy and the Terry McAdam Book Award from the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. His work has appeared or been cited in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, TIME, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Black Perspectives, Chronicle of Philanthropy, CASE Currents, and Advancing Philanthropy.  He co-authors Race, Gender, and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011).

There is also a Netflix mini-series entitled “Self Made, Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker,” starring Octavia Spencer, Blair Underwood, Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, and Garrett Morris. You can learn more about Dr. Freeman at

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Tennessee Aquarium
1 Broad St
Chattanooga, TN 37402