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The Leadership Exchange: Philanthropy in Communities of Color

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Join us this semester for our virtual speaker series featuring exciting and innovative nonprofit and social impact leaders. Speakers will share their diverse perspectives on a range of nonprofit, philanthropic and civic sector challenges and important leadership lessons. Next in the Leadership Exchange series is Dr. Tyrone Freeman, who will chat with us about his leadership journey, the history of African American philanthropy, fundraising best practices and more!

Tyrone is an assistant professor of philanthropic studies and director of undergraduate programs at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI and author of the recently published book, Madam C.J. Walker's Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy During Jim Crow.

In addition to his role at Indiana, he is a Research Associate of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. where he is participating in the History of African American Fundraising Collecting Initiative to expand the institution’s collections and exhibits on philanthropy. Previously, he was a professional fundraiser for social services, community development, and higher education organizations. He was also associate director of The Fund Raising School where he trained nonprofit leaders in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Follow him @mckinleytyrone and learn more about his book at

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Each conversation will begin at 12pm and start with a 20-30 minute interview, which will be recorded (for UMD student professional development and coursework). When the interview concludes, the conversation will open up for you to interact with the guest and ask questions. After signing up, you will receive a calendar invitation with a link to the video conference.

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