17. Philanthropy in Communities of Color



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About this episode

In this episode, my guest is the incredible Dr. Tyrone McKinley Freeman. Dr. Freeman is a 2022 Inaugural Laureate of the Dan David Prize, known as “the largest history prize in the world.” The Dan David Prize recognizes outstanding scholarship that illuminates the past and seeks to anchor public discourse in a deeper understanding of history.

He is an award-winning scholar and teacher serving as Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Previously, Dr. Freeman was a professional fundraiser (just like many of us) working in:

  • community development
  • youth and family social services
  • higher education

He was also Associate Director of The Fund Raising School where he trained nonprofit leaders here in the U.S., as well as in Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Dr. Freeman's 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 won AFP’s 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 is also co-author of Race, Gender, and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations.


Our guest

Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


"It's really about creating equitable pathways for engagement rather than pushing the same ones. And only catering to a small portion of the population is seeing people on their own terms from a philanthropic standpoint and then developing ways to cultivate and engage that interest and participation in a meaningful way in the life of our organizations so that they can not only see themselves but also contribute and feel connected to the mission in ways that are so important."  

- Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


Links mentioned in this episode 

African America Development Officers

Fabulous Female Fundraisers

The Black Fundraiser Podcast

Women of Color in Fundraising & Philanthropy

13 Lucky Year-End Fundraising Tips from Bloomerang


Books mentioned in this episode

Collecting Courage by Nneka Allen 

Growing Giver’s Hearts by Thomas H. Jeavens and Rebekah Casinger 

Madam C.J. Walker's Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy during Jim Crow by Tyrone McKinley Freeman

White Philanthropy by Maribel Morey


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