You can! We will never discourage anyone from giving their resources to nonprofit organizations. The value we believe BPI brings to your giving is the legacy and power of collective giving, where gifts are given with shared purpose and understanding as we work to transform lives. Plus, BPI’s staff and volunteers are exceptionally connected within the nonprofit community and committed to deep listening and research, especially on racial equity, to ensure grantmaking is most effective.
We have knowledge of Black-led nonprofits and other organizations that are using racial equity practices, so your contribution to BPI can in turn support organizations doing this important work, some that you may not already be aware of.
There are many ways to connect with BPI: follow us on social media, attend our events, or you can sign up for our e-news to get to know us better. We hope you’ll get more involved by donating what you can to support our work or you can join one of our committees to become a BPI volunteer. No matter how you support us, your generosity of time, talent, or treasure will strengthen Black lives in Forsyth County.
When we released our research report Rethinking Philanthropy: An Exploration of Black Communities in Forsyth County in 2018, it only confirmed how systemic inequities in place since our country’s founding continue to disproportionately affected Black people across the United States and most certainly in our own community. BPI’s Advisory Committee has and will continue to use data to inform our grantmaking.
Donations of any size can have a transformative effect on Black lives. You are welcome to designate that your gift be used for:
For any donation, you can make a tribute gift in memory or in honor of a special person.
The Bass Society of the Black Philanthropy Initiative is named in honor of Marshall B Bass, who was the first Chair of BPI and a great philanthropist and community leader. Individuals who support BPI with annual gifts of $1,000 or more are inducted into the Marshall B Bass Society and honored each year at BPI’s annual fundraiser. Contact us for more information.
We use the word Black to expand the population to include the geographical and cultural traits that define Black people as people of African descent, including Africans, African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro-Latinos, as well as people of mixed ancestry who identify as being Black, either alone or in combination with one or more other races.
The Black Philanthropy Fund is a strategic initiative of The Winston-Salem Foundation. The Foundation provides significant administrative and operating support to BPI, allowing the vast majority of the money we raise to be invested directly into the community.
Yes! We would welcome the opportunity to talk to your group about BPI. Please reach out to us.