Beckley Area Foundation Has Moved!
The new building will serve as a hub for charitable collaboration:
As BAF continues to unpack and settle in, we still have a way to go before we reach our campaign's goal to support the renovation costs. Numerous giving levels exist to show your support including several naming opportunities.
Thank you to the Beckley Water Company who helped us move all of our filing cabinets and many many boxes!
“This funding will allow Hospice of Southern West Virginia to further our mission of delivering quality end-of-life care to those with ALS. With this generous gift, we will be able to provide communication assistance devices and other specialized equipment to meet the needs of these individuals. On behalf of the board of directors, employees, volunteers, and the patients we serve, we offer deep appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Richmond for this funding in memory of their son, Michael.”
— Janett Green, CEO | Hospice of Southern West Virginia
Michael was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Class of 1984, where he was an active member of both the football and tennis teams. He went on to attend WVU and graduated in 1989, with a B.S. in Business Administration. He returned to Beckley in 1991, to work alongside his father Ray and become the owner of Richmond Insurance Center in 2001.
Mike was a fixture in the community as an Allstate Insurance Agent and he was incredibly passionate about helping the people of West Virginia. He was actively involved in Boy Scouts of America with his son Creek and enjoyed volunteering with the Special Olympics. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those who needed support.
Mike loved hiking with his dogs and could easily spend a day sitting outside and taking in the West Virginia scenery. In his leisure time, Mike enjoyed riding motorcycles with several of his closest friends. During the past 2 years while having ALS, Mike continued to be an inspiration to those around him with his courageous approach to life, sense of humor and his unforgettable smile.
“Michael was a blessing as a son. He was a respectful, compassionate, caring person and a true gentleman. He was a joy to know. In his honor, we hope this fund will be of assistance to others who suffer from ALS as Hospice was a great comfort to him.”
— Ray & Bobbie Richmond
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “ALS Fund” in the memo to BAF, 1210 South Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801 or click the button below to donate online. If you are interested in starting a donor designated fund or leaving a legacy gift, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email email@example.com.
A designated fund is established by a donor to benefit a specific charity, or program for a charity. Since the first designated fund was established in 1986, BAF has been telling stories of donors and helping local organizations create new stories each year. To date, over $6 million dollars has been distributed from designated funds.
This year, BAF distributed $381,929 to 62 organizations in our area. These grants were made possible by the 118 different designated funds that contributed to the distribution for 2021-2022.
To celebrate this annual distribution, BAF met with some of our local nonprofits who have benefitted from these funds over the years:
The 2021-2022 grant awards are as follows:
Anyone interested in donating to these funds may mail contributions to BAF, 1210 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801 or donate online. If you are interested in starting a designated fund or leaving a legacy gift, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAF Community Grant Program Distributes Over $180,000 to Local Nonprofit Organizations
Volunteers from our community serve on the distributions committee to review all community grant proposals and these recommendations are presented to BAF's Board of Directors for final approval.
The BAF Board of Directors approved $185,977.41 to fund 42 projects between April 2022 and March 2023.
Areas of Interest Breakdown:
“It was a great honor to serve as a reader for the BAF Distribution Committee. After individually scoring each grant application on a simple but thorough rubric, we met as a group via Zoom to discuss the merits of each worthy grant. Our communities are burdened with so many needs and we are fortunate to have the generosity of BAF to assist more than 40 organizations to serve our citizens. I am honored and grateful to have been given the opportunity to serve on this committee. BAF truly exemplifies the best of Beckley!”
— Drexel Sammons | Distributions Committee Member
Operation Underdog Volunteer, Yolanda Estep, is pictured above at one of their community events for the project "Feeding our Furry Friends" in 2021-2022. BAF awarded a grant to fund the pet food needed to distribute at this event.
Anyone interested in growing the pool of discretionary funds used to respond to BAF’s Community Grant Program can make donations in any amount to any unrestricted fund. Mail contributions to BAF, 129 Main St. Suite 301, Beckley, WV 25801, or donate below. If you are interested in starting a named unrestricted fund, call the foundation at 304-253-3806 or email email@example.com.