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Black Philanthropy Initiative awards $23,500

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Donald Jenkins

Donald Jenkins

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In its third annual funding cycle, the Black Philanthropy Initiative has pumped $23,500 back into the Winston-Salem area to help African Americans improve their parenting skills.

The effort, which was created as a program of the Winston-Salem Foundation in 2000, has awarded a total of $66,000 in grants over the past three years.

Nonprofits that are aligned with the initiative’s funding priorities, and that serve the local African-American community, are eligible for grants of up to $5,000 each.

In 2008, the effort awarded a total of $25,000 in the area of education, and in 2009 awarded a total of $17,500 to improve financial literacy in black community.

This year, the group awarded five grants:

  • Exchange/SCAN received $3,500 to improve communication between parents and teens
  • Family Services Head Start received $5,000 to hold a series of hands-on parenting workshops
  • Flat Rock Middle School PTSA received $5,000 to old parenting workshops focused on communication
  • Josh Howard Foundation received $5,000 to hold workshops designed to boosts relationships between fathers and their kids
  • Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem received $5,000 to increase parental engagement in the Piedmont Park community

“The Black Philanthropy Initiative is proud to be announcing our third round of grants to five valuable community programs focused in improving parenting skills,” Rev. Donald Jenkins, chair of the effort, says in a statement. “This has become a wonderful giving tradition in our African-American community.”

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