Based on BMe Community‘s Black L.O.V.E. agenda, the Black L.O.V.E. (Live. Own. Vote. Excel.) Philanthropic Partnership will utilize strategic guidance and leadership of Black leaders and philanthropic partners. The partnership structure will provide a collaborative opportunity to pool philanthropic resources and collective thought leadership to invest in the seven core focus areas recommended by the Black Social Change Funders Network:

  • Civic Engagement & Political Power
  • Organizing & People Power
  • Policy Advocacy & System Reform
  • Economic Development & Economic Power
  • Research & Intellectual Power
  • Communications/Narrative & Social Power
  • Leadership Development & Strategic Convenings



The Black L.O.V.E. Philanthropic Partnership seeks to advance a culture of philanthropy rooted in generosity, justice, and shared accountability.



The Black L.O.V.E. Philanthropic Partnership (BLPP) envisions a philanthropic culture that attacks the roots of systemic inequality powered by the expertise and leadership of impacted people and communities.


Core Values:

  • Justice

  • Generosity

  • Shared Accountability

  • Asset-Framing

  • Humanity

The community-driven processes of the Black L.O.V.E Philanthropic Partnership are essential for driving impact and designing effective philanthropic strategies that are more responsive to the needs of the Black community in Louisville.

Historic Multi-Year Investments Will Be Made into Community-Driven Root Cause Interventions, Led by Impacted People

Request for Proposals

Metro United Way announces the call for applications from Black-led social change nonprofit and advocacy organizations to support its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, addressing how inequities unfairly restrict individuals and communities in terms of access, opportunity and resources. This grant opportunity is open to eligible nonprofits in the Metro United Way 7-county service area that includes Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham and Shelby Counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd and Harrison Counties in Indiana.

Applications open Tuesday, August 31, 2021 and can be accessed HERE to receive login credentials. All applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Applicants can submit questions to Malissa Love at until 5:00 p.m. on September 30. A public information session will take place on Friday, September 10 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. Applicant participation is not required.



Contact Metro United Way’s Chief Equity Officer, Daryle Unseld Jr. at for more information.


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