BPI Requests Proposals for its Equity in Education Grants Program
BPI is accepting applications for its fall Equity in Education grant round! For this grant cycle, BPI requests proposals that work toward our focus area goal of Advancing Racial Equity in Education so that Black students and graduates can gain access, advance, and have the support needed to thrive. Organizations can apply for grants of up to $10,000.

BPI recognizes that the pandemic this year has only heightened systemic inequities that continue to prevent Black students from thriving. Within this focus area, BPI will support grant proposals that:

  • ADDRESS EQUITY ISSUES within the K-12 and higher education systems 

  • ARE DESIGNED WITH THE GOAL to make a positive impact on students of color with an explicit focus on Black students

  • ARE BEING IMPLEMENTED BY a 501 (c)(3) organization, public school or higher education institution, or a faith-based organization (organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) may use an organization with one to serve as a fiscal agent)

For this grant round, priority will be given to:

  • Black-led groups/organizations
  • Public schools with a high population of Black students
  • Organizations and programs that invest directly in predominately Black schools and/or neighborhoods
  • Organizations/schools that are actively engaging students, parents, and/or educators in helping to guide the organization’s work in education and determine its goals

For more information, read BPI's Grant Guidelines. To apply online, please visit bpiws.org and scroll down to the "Grants" section.

Staff is available to talk through any proposal ideas you may have and to answer any questions about the application process. Please contact Andrea Hulighan, Director of Strategic Initiatives at ahulighan@wsfoundation.org or (336) 604-5034. Please reach out prior to Friday, November 20 to set up a time to talk if you would like to discuss a proposal idea.

Application deadline is midnight, Tuesday, December 1
BPI Surpasses Fall Fundraiser Goal
Thank you to all who joined BPI's virtual fundraiser on October 15 – Whatever it Takes: Supporting our Students and Educators of Color. If you couldn’t
attend, please watch the recording to learn more about BPI’s work and hear a panel discussion about how to better support students and educators of color.

Thanks to the generous support of our individual donors and Corporate and Foundation supporters, BPI surpassed its fundraising goal of $35,000, which will make it possible for BPI to award more grants in a single year than ever in its history. It is through the power of collective giving, where we pool all of our resources together to make a difference, that we are able to have a greater impact on issues affecting the local Black community.

BPI truly values your gifts of time, talent and treasure. Together, we are able to honor and continue the longstanding tradition of giving in the Black community in order to create an equitable and inclusive Forsyth County.
BPI Unveils New Logo
During BPI's annual fundraising event, we unveiled a new logo! The design deconstructs the letters “BPI,” and grey half circles symbolize individuals coming together to support the community and lifting one another up.

The mark also alludes to BPI’s nimble and flexible roll in the community, as well as its evolution from more traditional streams of giving to new ways of thinking about time, talent, and treasure. Similarly, the color palette, built on BPI’s iconic orange, adds a lively green for both a freshness and balance, alongside a bold black which literally takes up visual space, asserting its presence with pride.

We hope you like BPI's new look as much as we do!
BPI Advisory Committee Chair receives AFP's IDEA Award
Congratulations to our very own Melvin Scales, BPI Advisory Committee Chair, on receiving the IDEA Award from the Association for Fundraising Professional’s (AFP) NC Triad Chapter.

The AFP NC Triad Chapter’s IDEA Award recognizes an individual, organization or program that is committed to the ideals of inclusion, diversity, equity and access in philanthropic giving. Through personal or organizational leadership and commitment, the recipient recognizes the unique customs, culture, history and legacy of diversity in the Triad and creates opportunities to reflect that diversity in supporting the work of area non-profits.
The IDEA Award is one of several awards that are given in recognition of National Philanthropy Day, which will be celebrated the week of November 22nd.

BPI co-nominated Melvin with Leadership Winston-Salem and CareNet Counseling of the Piedmont Region. Congratulations to Melvin and all of the AFP NC Triad Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day Award Recipients!
Want to have your giving leveraged and be a part of an initiative led entirely by Black people focused on making an impact on the local Black community? Donate to BPI today!