Black Philanthropy Initiative Grants

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:

  • Individuals
  • 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, 2013


In 2013, a total of $9,700 in grants from The Black Philanthropy Initiative supported four prevous BPI grant recipient programs in the areas of education and financial literacy.   The grantees included:

- Experiment in Self-Reliance: $2,500 to support the New Century Individual Development Account (IDA) program to help more working low-income individuals become financially stable, and ultimately, become first-time homebuyers.

- Forsyth Technical Community College: $2,500 to the James A. Rousseau Minority Male Mentoring Program to support participants attending the Eminent Force Team summer program, a high school-to-college bridge program to improve graduation rates of minority males at Forsyth Tech.

- Kimberly Park Elementary School: $2,200 to the school’s News Worthy program, which strengthens students’ reading, writing, and public speaking skills through exposure to journalism. This grant will allow the school to expand the broadcast-focused program to include print journalism.

- Winston-Salem State University: $2,500 to Winston-Salem State University’s Girls Empowered by Math and Science (GEMS) program to improve middle and high school girls’ performance and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors and careers. This grant will also fund parent workshops and internship stipends.

For questions on the BPI grants process contact Sandra Fishel-Booth at the Foundation or call (336) 725-2382.


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