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Author: Olumide Akerewusi

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The Giving Black Podcast is the world’s first podcast dedicated to Black philanthropy and all things related to generosity in the global Black community. Listen to interviews that honour the culture and tradition of giving among Black people from the African continent, to the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas and across the globe.I am your host, Olumide Akerewusi. Here's a bit about me: I am Founder and CEO of AgentsC Inc., an international company delivering philanthropy solutions to the non-profit and private sector. I've spent almost 30 years working with major philanthropists, corporations, and grant-making foundations as well as charities and NGOs from across the world. I am a Black philanthropist, I am an African born and raised in the UK, and now living in Canada. My perspectives are uniquely diverse and frequently thought provoking. I'm an advocate of Equity Philanthropy and passionate about social impact. I am a proud father, husband, son, brother, nephew, and friend!I hope you enjoy this podcast, which will serve as an archive of wonderful and inspiring stories about black generosity.
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Since we launched The Giving Black Podcast in August 2023, members of The Giving Black Family are accustomed to me sharing how each Episode is very special and a must-listen. I always give one reason or another for why you should listen. Most times I share how the podcast explains the varying ways that generosity is manifest in the global Black community. This Episode is our 12th and final recording for Season One of The Giving Black Podcast. It is absolutely special, and it is a must-listen!...
The Giving Black Conference, is scheduled for August 10, 2023, at 9:30am-11:30am (EST). The theme of this year's conference is, Advancing Belonging. It's a subject that underpins Black philanthropy and affects those who seek to create social impact. On this episode of The Giving Black Podcast, we introduce an open mic for the first time. I invite The Giving Black Virtual Conference speakers to pop-in and share a few thoughts about belonging. I am joined by four guests....
In this episode of the Giving Black Podcast, we celebrate International Men's Health Week (June 12-18, 2023) and Father's Day (June 20th, 2023). Our guest, Owen Thomas, is Managing Director of Future Men; a multi-award winning charity founded in 1988. Future Men supports boys and men along the path to becoming dynamic future men, whilst addressing the stereotypes around masculinity and what it means to be a man. Owen is himself a father to three young women. He has more than 15 year...
Dr. Keratiloe Mogotsi is Programme Director of Executive Education at Witwatersrand’s (Wits) Business School, Johannesburg. She is also a lecturer on African Philanthropy at the University. As a pracademic, researcher, Lean Six Sigma coach, project management professional (PMP), Dr. Mogotsi holds a Ph.D. in African Philanthropy. Her research areas include disaster philanthropy, venture philanthropy, African philanthropy and philanthro-capitalism in Africa.Dr. Mogotsi's passio...
I love to meet people whose stories of philanthropy span the decades! Motunrayo Olaogun is one such person. Motunrayo works for the Christian Dior fashion label. She is a philanthropist, and was an entrepreneur, founding the Ayo Van Elmar. fashion label which is no longer operational.Gifted with incredible knowledge, Motunrayo was 10 years of age when she helped kids in her neighbourhood with their homework. This quickly grew into a passion to provide clothing and scho...
Welcome to Part 2 of Boards And Black Tokenism - What It Really Means To Belong. In Part 1, our guests and I tell the jarring story of how we were recruited to a board as token Black members, and quickly discovered that as board members, we were not, and would never be, treated as equals. Here in Part 2 we specify the concrete actions that people and organisations should take to deal with, and avoid, Black tokenism. Continue the conversation with Mide Akerewusi, Nneka Allen, CFRE, COC, PCC, ...
Belonging is “the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.” (Brown, 2021)In this episode of the Giving Black Podcast I am joined by two of my dearest sister-friends Nneka Allen, CFRE, COC, PCC, Founder of The Empathy Agency...
The Giving Black podcast is the world's first podcast dedicated to conversations about global Black philanthropy.Through the podcast, we interview guests from across the world who have amazing stories to tell about their experiences of generosity and giving. Hosted by Olumide (Mide) Akerewusi, Founder and CEO of AgentsC Inc., fundraiser, philanthropist, and social justice advocate; we explore the many ways that Black people are engaged in community building, partnership working, and soc...
In this episode of the Giving Black Podcast, we focus on one of the most contentious aspects of African Philanthropy; the concept of Black Tax - an emerging practice affecting Africa's rising middle-class. Black tax is the term given to the act of supporting one's friends and family through obligation and/or entitlement. It is an extension of traditional forms of philanthropy where Family Begins at Home. At Once Black Tax is a historic reminder of one's tradition of giving, ...
We are excited to host Greg McKenzie, one of the UK’s most trusted and prominent news correspondents and documentary film makers. Greg built a successful career as a broadcast journalist at the BBC. In 2022 Greg decided to follow his philanthropic passion - he set up a pioneering social enterprise - the Inside Out Project.He now works full-time as the founder of the Inside Out clothing company and social enterprise project. Inside Out is the UK's first clothing brand created, desi...
This episode features Jerome Tennille, Director of Social Impact and ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) at The Uplift Agency. Jerome and I speak about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its role in strengthening Black communities.We also talk about the need to decolonize corporate grantmaking policies so they become more inclusive of Black decision-makers. Central to our conversation is the responsibility of Black businesses to implement CSR strategies, discussing how to use ...
This is the second episode of The Giving Black Podcast. It continues the conversation with Canada's highest profile Black Philanthropist, the Rt. Hon. Madame Michaëlle Jean. Madame Jean is Canada's 27th Governor General and the first Black woman (person) to fill the role. She is a proud descendent of Haitian-African slaves, and along with her husband Jean Daniel Lafond, co-founded the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, to promote youth advocacy through the arts, social impact, and entrepreneurs...
The first episode of The Giving Black Podcast kicks off with Canada's highest profile Black Philanthropist, the Rt. Hon. Madame Michaëlle Jean. Madame Jean is Canada's 27th Governor General and the first Black woman (person) to fill the role. She is a proud descendent of Haitian-African slaves, and along with her husband Jean Daniel Lafond, co-founded the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, to promote youth advocacy through the arts, social impact, and entrepreneurship.Dear listeners, we could n...
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