In celebration of August’s Black Philanthropy Month, the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI) is excited to announce the public unveiling of its first website (bpiws.org) as well as $5,000 in grants awarded through its Impact Grants program.
BPI’s new website highlights its research, advocacy, and grantmaking efforts, plus the long-standing accomplishments and generosity of our local Black community. It also offers a digital platform for continuing our community’s conversation and learning around systemic inequities through the data reflected in BPI’s 2018 Rethinking Philanthropy research report.
BPI’s Impact Grants are investments in programs, projects, and initiatives supporting Forsyth County’s Black communities; grantees are local groups and organizations with annual budgets under $150,000. During this grant cycle, BPI requested video proposals from organizations or groups working in one of the four critical areas from its research report: education, jobs and wages, poverty, and civic engagement, or on criminal justice reform or racial justice efforts. BPI prioritized Black-led organizations and programs working within predominately Black neighborhoods (including 27101, 27105, and 27107).
Grants were awarded to:
Awarding these grants during Black Philanthropy Month is especially gratifying for the volunteer-led selection committee. Robert Leak III, chair of BPI’s Grants Committee, notes:
“BPI is excited to invest in Black-led organizations doing important work in local communities of color. Impact Grants are an opportunity for smaller groups and organizations to make impact in their neighborhoods through a wide variety of creative programming.”
BPI’s grants are made possible by the collective pooling of resources from the generous people of Forsyth County to invest in Black-led organizations and support the local Black community. In 2020, BPI provided over $100,000 in grants to local programs and initiatives. Currently, BPI offers two grant programs: Impact Grants and Advancing Equity in Education Grants and will be adding a third grant program focused on Building an Inclusive Economy in Fall 2021.