Make a Gift

There are many ways to support BPI with your time, talent, and treasure, whether you serve on a committee or not. Donations of any size can help us transform Black lives in Forsyth County, and we appreciate your giving your best gift, whatever that looks like!


The Black Philanthropy Initiative recently announced a 3-year, $2 million campaign to ensure grantmaking dollars now and forever. All gifts will support the campaign so BPI can invest in Black communities in Forsyth County, both today and into the future.

BPI is led by an advisory committee of community volunteers who are committed to promoting and growing the philanthropic impact that Black communities can have in addressing evolving opportunities and challenges in Forsyth County. Gifts to the Black Philanthropy Initiative Fund enable us to provide a wide variety of grants to support Black communities across the county.
For any donation, you can make a tribute gift in memory or in honor of a special person or in celebration of an event in someone's life. The honoree (or their family, in the case of a memorial gift) will receive a letter acknowledging your gift.

Gifts of $1,000 or more receive a special designation in BPI’s Bass Society; see the box below for more information.

To make a multi-year commitment, contact


Planned gifts offer many ways to support the Black Philanthropy Initiative and best of all, planned gifts can make an impact not only during your lifetime, but beyond.

Planned giving options include support through a retirement plan, IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution, charitable remainder trust or charitable lead trust, life insurance policy, or retained life estate. Donors can specify a dollar amount, a percentage of an estate, or the remainder of an estate. Please visit The Winston-Salem Foundation’s website for more detailed information on these giving tools and the benefits of planned giving.

Have you already included BPI in your estate plan? Please contact us so we can make sure your intent is documented.

The Black Philanthropy Initiative is an advised fund of The Winston-Salem Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization with a tax ID number of 56-6037615. Contributions to the Fund are tax-deductible.

Bass Society

The Bass Society of the Black Philanthropy Initiative, established in 2015, is named in honor of Marshall B Bass, the first Chair of BPI, who was a great philanthropist and community leader who sadly passed away in 2019. 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.

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