Black Philanthropy Initiative

The Black Philanthropy Initiative is a permanent endowment supported by African Americans to address relevant issues in Arizona’s Black community.

Philanthropy in the African-American community



The Black Philanthropy Initiative began in 2008 under the leadership of the Arizona Community Foundation staff, Board members and a dedicated task force comprised of respected African American leaders. The mission of the Black Philanthropy Initiative is to advance equity, leadership and social justice for African Americans. BPI is a charitable fund that engages African Americans and other interested Arizonans as active philanthropists to help achieve this mission.

Through strategic grantmaking, the endowment supports nonprofit organizations that serve African Americans in such critical areas as health, education, workforce development and community building. BPI is led by an active core of philanthropists engaged in development and setting the strategic direction for the BPI charitable fund.

Thanks for joining us during FORESIGHT 20/20 - Eyes on Social Justice

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We cannot understand our present moment without recognizing the lasting damage caused by a history of policies that have placed Black and White people into two separate worlds. During Black Philanthropy Month, the Black Philanthropy Initiative hosted a series of virtual conversations every Wednesday in August. Recordings of each session are available below.

Wednesday, August 5

Addressing Inequalities of Social Justice in America and Arizona

6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Arizona time) 

Featuring: Dr. Neal Lester, Project Humanities at ASU

Watch the webinar recording

Wednesday, August 12

The Civil Rights Movement in Arizona from the 1950s to Present

6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Arizona time)

Dr. Gene Blue, Arizona OIC; Dr. Ann Hart, The Hart of Education; Honorable Cody Williams, Maricopa County Justice of the Peace, South Mountain Precinct; Zarra Tekola, Black Lives Matter Metro Phoenix

Watch the webinar recording

Wednesday, August 19

Recent Trends, Patterns and Drivers of Income and Economic Inequalities in Arizona

6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Arizona time) 

Myles V. Lynk, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; Joanna de’Shay, Diversity Leadership Alliance; Robin Reed, Black Chamber of Commerce

Watch the webinar recording

Wednesday, August 26

The Road Ahead for Social Justice: Solutions for Economic Equality

6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Arizona time) 

Bryant Barber
, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP’s Structured Finance Group; Dr. Antoinette Farmer-Thompson, Arizona State University; Vada O. Manager, Global Holdings LLC (MGH) and APCO Worldwide

Watch the webinar recording

COVID-19 Grants

The Black Philanthropy Initiative, Real Engagement through Active Philanthropy (REAP), the African American Women's Giving and Empower Circle (AAWGEC), and fundholders representing the Black Legacy Endowed Fund, the Jean and Betty Fairfax Memorial Fund, the Jamir and Racquel Miller Family Foundation, and the A Halyard Robinson Family Foundation have joined together to award $40,000 to three organizations supporting the health and safety of African Americans during the pandemic.

The grantees include:

  • Family Tree Healthcare
  • Black Family and Child Services of AZ
  • Black Nurses Association of Greater Phoenix

Watch to learn more about the grantees and the critical services they're providing.


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Additional ways you can participate

Founded in 2013, the African-American Women’s Giving and Empowerment Circle empowers women and girls in Arizona and transform lives through the collective investment of time, treasure and talent. 

Through the Real Engagement through Active Philanthropy fund, a collaborative fund established in 2014, members will leave a legacy of giving for future generations by reinvesting in and strengthening communities. The REAP giving circle provides Black men with a mechanism for community investment through active philanthropy.

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