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"Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited "


Detroit, Michigan



June 2, 2023, through August 27, 2023, at The Detroit Historical Museum

With programming in partnership with community-centered spaces in and around Detroit.

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About Us


We are the soul.

TSOP Michigan is a volunteer collective dedicated to bringing the country’s most coveted interactive celebration of Black philanthropy to the state of Michigan. As practitioners and advocates for philanthropy, we are honored to invite the Detroit community and our neighbors to experience "Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited."  We are 100% volunteer led.

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Our People


These individuals supported marketing, fundraising, nominations, pop-up exhibits and programming efforts. We celebrate their dedication of time!

 Mobolaji Ayeni | Daija Butler

Tatum Hawkins | Sherelle Hogan  Latina Kimbrough | Ken Porter

Tory Martin | Sharnese Marshall 

Camarrah Morgan | Cleamon Moorer Michael Randall | DiAnna Solomon Ariel Wilkerson


Nikia Washington, Chair

Collin Mays, Chair

Orlando Bailey

Gail Busby

Meredith Freeman

Rachel Decker

Dr. Marita Gilbert

Mark Greer

Brandon Lane 

Tyler Parlor

Courtney Smith 

Jeremiah Steen


To celebrate how we give back in Detroit the TSOP Michigan Steering Committee is celebrating eight local Black philanthropists.



Visit the complimentary exhibit Detroit Gives Black to witness the stories 90 Black philanthropists who paint a picture of how our philanthropy.

Past Popups

The Soul Around Michigan


A pop-up abridged edition was installed and exhibited in Grand Rapids, Michigan

October 22 - November 26, 2022


Muse GR


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A pop-up abridged edition was installed and exhibited in Ann Arbor.

March 10 - March 25, 2023


Morris Lawrence Building
The Gallery at Washtenaw
Community College


The African American Endowment Fund


The Soul of Philanthropy: Reframed and Exhibited  is designed to:

  • Honor, celebrate and sustain rich traditions of giving within African American communities.

  • Inspire communities to engage in the work of philanthropists—thoughtfully, strategically and generously.

  • Enhance the capacity of African American institutions to present highly engaging and authentic stories from the Black experience and to lead civic engagement activities that benefit the community.

Check out the pop-up exhibit hosted at MUSE Gallery in Grand Rapids last Fall!

On The Exhibit Author & Photographer

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Valaida Fullwood

Described as an idea whisperer, Valaida brings unbridled imagination and a gift for harnessing wild ideas to her work as a writer, public speaker and consultant. She is the award–winning author of Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, a 400–page hardcover book profiling stories of philanthropy among African Americans that was developed with photographer Charles Thomas. Giving Back was named one of the 10 Best Black Books of 2011 and received the prestigious 2012 McAdam Book Award, which celebrates “the most inspirational and useful new book for the nonprofit sector.” In 2014, Valaida was named Lake Distinguished Visitor at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She is a founding member of New Generation of African American Philanthropists and blogs at

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Charles Thomas

Charles is an artist–photographer, educator and entrepreneur. Formerly education director at The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, he is now founding Executive Director at Queen City Forward. Charles is owner of Sankofa Photography and the photographer of Giving Back. Collaborators on the book, Charles and Valaida Fullwood are featured in a TEDx Talk on philanthropy and have developed “The Soul of Philanthropy” exhibition. Charles currently serves on the boards of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and East Mecklenburg High School Foundation and is a member of New Generation of African American Philanthropists. Charles is married to Micaila Milburn and is the proud father of three beautiful boys.

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