Give Black, Give Back

Lisa Swift-Young and Kia Jarmon 2021

We love being black.

As women of color, we know all too well the daily challenges our communities face. The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, David Hambrick, Jacques Clemmons and now David McAtee are personal to us.

We feel the pain and frustration for their families and communities. Black Philanthropy is about embracing and preserving the beauty of our culture and heritage. We understand that economic equality and justice for all communities of color are central to the struggle.

We are about action.

The Give Black Give Back Initiative invites you to join us as we work together to strengthen our families, our communities, our neighborhoods and our friends during this difficult time.

Please see the listing of funds and nonprofits below to support. Read our stories, hear our hearts and Give.


Lisa Swift-Young & Kia Jarmon
Co-Chairs Give Black, Give Back

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Give Black, Give Back Conversations

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee welcomed Ms. Valaida Fullwood on August 12, 2021 to the Give Black, Give Back Live Conversations series to discuss Black Philanthropy Month (BPM).

Ms. Fullwood is one of the co-architects for the BPM global celebration, and this year marks a decade since it began. 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 in the philanthropic sector.

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, her first book, 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.” In 2020, Valaida earned ABFE’s Trailblazer Award as a part of its 29th James A. Joseph Awards.

Since the release of Giving Back, Valaida is recognized a 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 selected the 2014 Lake Distinguished Visitor at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University—the first African American to receive the honor. Valaida was named a 2012 Charlotte Catalyst by Uptown Magazine and the keynote speaker, at the 2013 North Carolina Center for Nonprofits statewide conference, delivering the message: Philanthropy For and By The People. More at

About Give Black, Give Back

Community foundations are predicated on the theory that a portion of wealth created by a community should be preserved to benefit that specific community. In...

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Give Black, Give Back Advisory Committee

Give Black, Give Back Advisory Committee Eric Brown A Nashville native, Eric is the Coordinator of North Nashville Economic and Community Development Manager. Eric worked...

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Give Black, Give Back Funds

Give Black, Give Back Funds Give Black, Give Back recognizes donors and the variety of ways they give, not only large gifts, but also the...

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Black Philanthropy Month

Give Black, Give Back Celebrates Black Philanthropy Month 2021 At The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT), the Give Black, Give Back initiative launched following...

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Give Black, Give Back Nonprofit Connections

Give Black, Give Back Nonprofit Connections Connections for Nonprofits led by African Americans and serving African Americans to Engage with The Community Foundation:The Community Foundation...

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Changemakers Series

Give Black, Give Back’s Changemakers Series highlights individuals who are dedicated to furthering the progress of our community by uplifting and empowering those they are...

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Give Black, Give Back Stories

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Give Black, Give Back Nonprofits to Support

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“But, if this part of our history could be told in such a way that those chains of the past, those shackles that physically bound...

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The Big Payback 2021

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Audra Cox

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