My book entered into the world on October 12, 2020. I’m so excited to share that exactly one year later, Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow has been awarded the 2021 Terry McAdams Book Award from the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Given annually, “this award seeks to uplift an inclusive and active author community, who work to strengthen and diversify the field of capacity building to support nonprofits and movements in centering equity and inclusion to achieve social change.”

I’m so excited about this award. After spending years working on this book and hours squirreled away inside archival collections, library study rooms, and my office writing on a regular schedule, it is a joy to see the book resonating with audiences around the country. This award recognizes the book as a valuable resource in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector’s quest for equity, which is a great affirmation.

I thank all of the members of the Alliance, the award committee, and all of the readers who continue to give the book life and share it around the world with family, friends and colleagues.

Initiated in 1987, the award is named for Terry McAdams who passed away in 1986. He was a board member of the Alliance and an executive leader of the Conrad N Hilton Foundation who dedicated his life to increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations to fulfill their missions.

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