Brandolon Barnett

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Industry Solutions, Philanthropy Cloud

Brandolon Barnett is an innovator, author, and entrepreneur. He helps build and lead products, initiatives, and partnerships that bring together tech and social impact to move resources to people who need them. He is currently head of Corporate Social Responsibility Industry Solutions in’s Philanthropy Cloud and leader of the Democratize Ventures investing and advisory initiative.

Dreams Deferred

Publication Date: May 2021

For the generation of young people who came of age during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 (and those who will come of age during recessions that are sure to follow) making one’s way into the labor force could be a daunting challenge. That’s especially true for a generation raised and schooled to believe that success in life comes from finding work that reflects their talents and interests. In such circumstances, having to take on work that doesn’t fit either one’s abilities or one’s deepest sense of meaning and purpose can be enough to crush any spirit that strives for something more.

Dreams Deferred: Recession, Struggle, and the Quest for a Better World bears witness to the struggle of a deep-thinking, curious, and intelligent young Black man from Dallas, Texas, who grew up as the only child of a loving mother in a stable yet poor household. Author Brandolon Barnett offers readers a candid and moving account of his personal journey from entering the workforce to establishing himself as a leader in the non-profit arena. Dreams Deferred confronts head on the tension between the author’s hopes, ambitions, and sense of humor and the harsh realities of a world that at every turn seems determined to quash them. Barnett’s story offers a heaping dose of inspiration for anyone trying to find their way in the world without giving up on their dreams.

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