Black Philanthropy Initiative

The mission of the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI) of The Winston-Salem Foundation is to acknowledge and celebrate the traditions of sharing in the Black community and to expand the models of charitable giving through education and engagement.

BPI is led by an advisory committee of community volunteers who wish to promote the impact that philanthropy is making in the development of our community.  In 2007, members of the BPI Advisory Committee launched the Black Philanthropy Fund, a fund dedicated to supporting issues that impact the African-American community, with a special focus on education, financial literacy, and parenting and life skills training.

Nonprofit organizations serving the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area are eligible to apply for grant funding from the Black Philanthropy Fund; the priority for grant proposals change each year; for example, the priority for 2012 grant proposals were programs that support African-Americans in the area of financial literacy. Organizations seeking to enhance their current programming or those planning to implement new programs serving African-Americans in this area are encouraged to apply.

The first grant awards from the Black Philanthropy Fund were made in 2008, and the priority focus area for these grants were programs supporting African Americans in the area of education.  Grants in the amount of $5,000 each were awarded to five local organizations.  In 2009, the second round of grant awards were made, and totaled $17,500 for programs addressing financial literacy.  In 2010, $23,500 in grants were awarded to five nonprofits for programming focusing on parenting and life skills training.  In 2011, four grants totaling $17,544 were awarded to programs supporting education, and in 2012, four grants of $5,000 each were made for programs addressing financial literacy.  In 2013, $9,700 was granted for recurring support to four organizations in the areas of education and financial literacy.  In 2014, $5,000 each was granted to three nonprofits for programs addressing education, parenting, and life skills training. In 2015, $17,433 was granted to four organizations in the areas of education, parenting, and financial literacy.

View BPI grant awards from: 2008, 20092010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

The 2016 BPI grant application deadline has passed.

2016 applicants will receive a funding decision by the end of December. The BPI grant application process will reopen in August of 2017.


Goals of the Initiative are the following:

  • To increase the involvement of the Black community in the distribution of charitable funds.
  • To build bonds across lines of race and class among donors and the groups working to better the community. 
  • To increase The Winston-Salem Foundation's capacity to build effective philanthropic relationships with the Black community. 
  • To build relationships with Black professional advisors such as accountants, attorneys, financial planners, and investment advisors.

For more information on the Black Philanthropy Initiative or to learn how you can get connected to BPI, contact the Foundation at (336) 725-2382. To make an online donation, please click here


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