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:
GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS
- 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 awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations serving the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area in one of its three focus areas:
1. Education: examples include afterschool programs, mentoring programs, and programs designed to improve graduation rates
2. Financial Literacy: examples include debt avoidance, finance, savings, and budgeting
3. Parenting: examples include teen parenting, fatherhood, and child-parent relationships
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: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
Please note: organizations may only apply for one of the three focus areas, and the committee will not consider multiple requests from one organization. BPI will consider grant requests of $5,000 or less.
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
The BPI grant application process will reopen in August 2017. 2016 grants will be announced in February 2017.
For questions on the BPI grants process, contact Sandra Fishel-Booth at the Foundation or call (336) 725-2382.