Who we are
The Black Philanthropy Initiative started with a vision from the late Civil Rights Leader and Board member Jean Fairfax in 2008. Under the leadership of the Arizona Community Foundation staff, other Board members, and a dedicated task force comprised of respected African American leaders, BPI was formed.
The mission of BPI is to advance equity, leadership, and social justice for African Americans. Led by local volunteers, BPI is a movement and is comprised of charitable funds that engage African Americans and other interested Arizonans as active philanthropists to help achieve this mission.
Since 2008, BPI has granted $1.6 million to 67 Black-led/Black Serving Nonprofits in Arizona, the majority connected to ACF for the first time through BPI.
Through strategic grantmaking, BPI supported nonprofits that serve African Americans in critical areas like health, education, economic development, and community building.View Grant Recipients
BPI established the Social Justice Project to improve economic equity in Arizona's African American communities statewide.Contact Kim Covington to Learn More