Black Philanthropy

Celebrating the rich cultural diversity that defines our state, the Arizona Community Foundation offers giving options for those looking to advance racial equity and justice for Black Arizonans.

Gardeners gather at Spaces of Opportunity in south Phoenix.

Black Philanthropy Initiative

Members of BPI standing in front of a mural

Established in 2008

with the vision of Civil Rights Leader Jean Fairfax.

$1.6 million

grants since inception.

67

organizations supported.

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

Under the leadership of ACF staff, board members, and a dedicated task force of respected African American leaders, BPI was formed in 2008. 

The mission of BPI is to advance equity, leadership, and social justice for African Americans. Led by local volunteers, BPI is a movement comprised of charitable funds that engage African Americans and other allied Arizonans as active philanthropists to help achieve this mission.

67 Black-led/Black Serving Nonprofits in Arizona were awarded grants, the majority connected to ACF for the first time through BPI.

Support the Black Philanthropy Initiative.

Get involved in a giving circle

Giving circles allow individuals to contribute to a common cause for greater collective impact—either as a supporting donor as as a member actively involved in deciding where funds are distributed.

Establish a Fund

You can also work with us to create your own named fund to support organizations that are either led by or support Black Arizonans.

You can also work with us to create your own named fund to support organizations that are either led by or support Black Arizonans.