Akilah S. Wallace

Philanthropy Advocate and Fundraiser in Dallas, Texas

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Advocate. Mother. Philanthropist.

Hello world! It's a pleasure introducing myself to you. My hopes are we'll connect and possibly help to make the world better together. I'm a proud mother to two amazing sons, a committed public servant, speaker and influencer residing in Dallas, Texas. My career spans advertising sales, event planning, executive office administration and project management. However, I find the most joy connecting people and resources with the needs of our under-served communities, by way of Nonprofit Fund Development.

My passion is seeking out and implementing innovative strategies for increased philanthropic engagement by African Americans, Hispanics and other people of color.

Follow my philanthropic, engagement movement, Distinguished Ones. It is an educational and inspiring initiative seeking to heighten the platform for philanthropy education and the next generation of Philanthropists of Color. Interesting fact: "Distinguished One" is the meaning of my Swahili middle name, Sharifa.

Lastly I'm the proud founding chair of Texas' first Black giving circle, Heritage Giving Fund, a giving circle at Dallas Women's Foundation.

Facebook: @BlackDFWGives and @HeritageGivingFund

Twitter: @BlackDFWGives @HeritageGF



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