Black Philanthropy Initiative

Through engagement and encouragement, the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI) educates people to recognize their philanthropic strengths of time, talent, and treasure for meaningful impact in the Black community and addresses identified needs while continuing to build on the giving traditions in the Black community.

BPI was launched in 2007 and is led by an advisory committee of community volunteers. The initiative supports issues that impact the African-American community by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations serving the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area, with a special focus on programs related to education, financial literacy, and parenting and life skills training. Nonprofit organizations seeking to enhance their current programming or those planning to implement new programs serving African-Americans in these areas are encouraged to apply.

Rethinking Philanthropy: An Exploration of Black Families in Forsyth County 

To be more strategic and intentional with our future efforts to impact meaningful change in the black community, BPI utilized the services of Gramercy Research Group to gather and synthesize data in Forsyth County as it relates to black families. This report draws attention to black history in Forsyth County, and how it is linked to the longstanding systemic issues and barriers which contribute to the inequities for blacks through the lens of race in our community. The resulting data revealed in this report will help guide future grantmaking. It will also guide our efforts to educate and engage the greater community in cultivating philanthropic solutions to address identified needs within the black community.  Review online or  Download PDF to print


In May 2017, the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI) utilized the services of Gramercy Research Group to gather and synthesize data in Forsyth County as it relates to Black families.  This information, coupled with feedback from community listening sessions, will guide BPI’s future work, grantmaking, and activities. 

The remainder of 2017 was used to transition findings into actions and tactics to guide the work of BPI. Due to the extensive information gathering process and in order to make better investment decisions within Forsyth County in the future, BPI’s advisory committee voted to cancel its 2017 grant cycle. We will update this page when the grants cycle re-opens. 

View BPI grant awards from: 2008, 20092010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

BLACK PHILANTHROPY MONTH 2018 - Click here to download notes from 8.2 Community Chat on Giving Back


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


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