BPI - 2011 Grant Awards

At a February 2012 grants presentation event, leadership from The Winston-Salem Foundation’s Black Philanthropy Initiative announced four grants totaling $17,544 that were awarded from the Black Philanthropy Fund’s fourth grant cycle. The focus area for these grants was programming that supports African-Americans in the area of education. 

Ashley Elementary School – $3,219 grant for Learning Through Listening, which uses the Follett Company’s Playaway, which is a digital audio book with accompanying books appropriate to readers of all levels.  The main goals of this project are to increase the use of the school’s Media Center, ultimately leading to the students’ development of a love of reading and a value for books as they grow into adulthood.

Forsyth Technical Community College - $5,000 grant for The James A Rousseau Minority Mentoring Program, which provides support services and other incentives to improve the retention and graduation rates of minority males at Forsyth Tech.  The program also seeks to provide practical knowledge of life management and financial skills such as budgeting, investing, and saving.  The program is open to all minority males who are Forsyth Tech students.  Regular meetings often feature a speaker and are held monthly.

Kimberley Park Elementary School - $4,325 grant for News Worthy, which exposes students to various aspects of the field of broadcast journalism, including roles in production, camera crew, script writing, reporting, and investigative journalism.  The objective of the project is to strengthen the students’ reading, writing and public speaking skills through the process of producing a daily live broadcast.

Winston-Salem State University – $5,000 grant for Girls Empowered by Mathematics and Science (GEMS), a year-round and summer academy that provides middle school and high school girls with increased exposure to applications of mathematics, science, and technology that can be used to address real-world problems.  The academy focuses on improving girls’ performance, attitudes, and interest in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). There is also a parental component that provides information to parents about academic advancement and career options to girls in the STEM areas. 

Rev. Donald Jenkins, 2012 chair of the Black Philanthropy Initiative, states, “BPI is proud to be announcing our fourth round of grants to four valuable community programs focused on improving education in the African-American community.  Since 2008, BPI has granted over $83,000 for valuable community programming, and this has certainly become a wonderful giving tradition.”


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