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 a committee of community volunteers who understand the impact that giving has made in the development of our community. In 2007, 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. The first round of BPI grants were made in 2009, with a focus on education programming for African-Americans in our community.
The Black Philanthropy Fund does not award grants to support the following:
- Long-term operating support
- Projects that would ordinarily receive public funding
- Religious activities that serve only the members of a single congregation or promote a particular faith
View previous grant awards from Black Philanthropy Fund for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
BPI'S 2012 GRANT RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
The priority area for 2012 BPI grant proposals was for programs that support African-Americans in the area of Financial Literacy. Organizations seeking to enhance their current financial literacy programs or those planning to implement new programming were encouraged to apply. Focus areas could include debt avoidance, finance, savings, budgeting, and related issues for either teens or adults. The four $5,000 grant recipients for 2012 include:
- Experiment in Self-Reliance: to sponsor an Individual Development Account (IDA) program to assist working low-income individuals in becoming financially stable.
- Family Services: to provide financial literacy workshops to families of preschoolers attending Head Start.
- United Metropolitan Ministries: to provide financial literacy training to children in an afterschool program.
- Work Family Resource Center: to provide scholarships for individuals to attend trainings on starting a family childcare business.
For questions on the BPI grants process contact Sandra Fishel-Booth at the Foundation or call (336) 725-2382.