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 these models of charitable giving through education and engagement. BPI seeks to:

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

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.

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


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


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