Black Philanthropy Initiative

The Arizona Community Foundation’s 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 BPI is to advance equity, health, education, leadership and social justice for African Americans in Arizona. The 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. Task force members are engaged in fund development and setting the strategic direction for the BPI.

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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.

Michael Kelly


At ACF, we pride ourselves on serving everyone. With the Black Philanthropy Initiative, we have built a two-way bridge: one where the African-American community can invest precious resources, and the other to receive a meaningful social return from these community investments.


— Michael Kelly, Past Member, ACF Board of Directors
Ellis Center Board Member, Legacy Donor, BPI Task Force Member

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