The “Peggy Ann Schrader Fund” was created upon the death of Mr. Ralph Schrader in memory of his wife, Peggy Ann. This bequest is a donor designated fund to support the Raleigh County Commission on Aging with an annual distribution.
Jack Tanner, Executive Director of the Raleigh County Commission on Aging, said, “It is such a wonderful experience for the Raleigh County Commission on Aging to be recognized by the family of Ralph Schrader through the establishment of a fund at the Beckley Area Foundation in the name of Ralph’s wife, Peggy Ann. Ralph Schrader was a long-time participant in the meal program and the social life at the Commission on Aging. He had his own table, as many do, where you could always find him sharing stories and so frequently talking about his little dog, who always traveled with him. In his own quiet way, Ralph left his indelible mark on the social life at the Senior Center in Beckley. The Commission on Aging through their Assistant Executive Director, Tammy Trent, would like to express her appreciation to the Schrader family for their thoughtfulness and promises to see that the resources derived from their fund are used to improve the quality of life for as many senior citizens in Raleigh County as possible.”
Leaving a bequest can have a big impact over time and make a difference to an organization or your local community. Some people think they must choose between leaving a gift to their family or their favorite nonprofit organization. You can do both, and some charitable gifts may actually save your family money by decreasing inheritance taxes. A simple gift provision in your Will can make a difference in many lives.
Here are some important things to remember when you think about leaving a bequest:
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “Peggy Ann Schrader” in the memo to BAF, 129 Main St. Suite 301, Beckley, WV 25801 or donate online by clicking the button below. If you are interested in leaving a bequest, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email email@example.com.
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Leave a Legacy is a way for individuals to leave a charitable bequest to the organizations they value most. All types of nonprofit groups, including social service and arts organizations, churches, hospitals and educational institutions can benefit from charitable bequests. BAF has received $8.8 million in gifts as a result of charitable bequests.
Here are some of the most recent charitable bequests BAF has received:
John W. Eye Family Educational Fund - BAF recently received a legacy gift of $25,000 from Gladys Eye Lafferty to support her family's scholarship fund in honor of her father.
Mac's Memorial Toy Fund - Reta H. Davis left BAF a legacy gift of $189,000 that was designated for Mac's Toy Fund.
Peggy Ann Schrader Fund - A legacy gift of over $70,000 was left to BAF by Mr. Ralph Schrader in memory of his wife, Peggy Ann. This fund is a donor designated fund to support the Raleigh County Commission on Aging with an annual distribution.
Anyone interested in donating to these funds may mail contributions with “Insert Fund Title” in the memo to BAF, 129 Main St. Suite 301, Beckley, WV 25801 or clicking the button below, to donate online.
If you are interested in leaving a legacy gift, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “God’s Creatures Fund” is a donor advised fund that was established by an anonymous donor. Distributions from this fund will be used to provide support for any 501(c)3 shelter, humane society, pet/farm sanctuary or rescue organizations in good standing with the IRS in West Virginia to assist in the welfare and care of animals.
Funds may be used for general operating expenses, veterinary care, spay/neuter assistance, transportation costs, adoption expense, food expense and any other cost associated with the welfare of the animal. Funds may be used both for animals being rehomed through adoption or provided for in a permanent sanctuary care setting.
This fund honors the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below,
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts,
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Amen.”
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “God's Creatures” in the memo to BAF, 129 Main St. Suite 301, Beckley, WV 25801 or clicking the button below, to donate online. If you are interested in starting a designated fund or leaving a legacy gift, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email email@example.com.
The “Sherry Cline Memorial - Wendy's Athletic Shady Spring High School Scholarship Fund” was recently established by Wendbeck Corporation in memory of their beloved employee Sherry Cline. This fund will support scholarships for matriculating seniors from Shady Spring High School who participated in athletics.
Sherry was very well known in the community while serving as the general manager of Wendy's in Beaver for 22 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, vacationing at the beach and watching her son play sports. Sherry exemplified the founder of Wendy's, Dave Thomas’ values by treating everyone with respect, doing the right thing and giving back to the community.
Sharon Walls, Wendy’s District Manager said, “Sherry Cline was a member of the Wendy's family for 37 years, and she served as General Manager for over 20 years at the Wendy's location in Beaver. During that time, she was a mentor to our employees, a friend to our customers and an asset to our community. The Wendbeck franchise whom she has worked for has placed a memorial plaque at our Beaver location and is establishing this scholarship as Sherry's legacy for giving back to everyone she meets. She was heavily involved in the Shady Spring High School athletics, which her son Jared was part of. The family and Wendbeck would like to present a yearly scholarship when it's available to someone graduating at Shady Spring High School who shows leadership through sports, teamwork and community involvement.”
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “Sherry Cline” in the memo to BAF, 129 Main St. Suite 301, Beckley, WV 25801 or clicking the button below. 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.
"The Humane Society of Raleigh County is honored to be included as recipients of the Rick Jarrell Memorial Fund. Because of acts of kindness such as this, we are able to continue to provide quality care for our animals"
- Nancy Johnson, President of the Raleigh County Humane Society
Rick earned his business degree from Morris Harvey College while also working at Raleigh Grocery. He was a Purex soap salesman for the tri-state area. He later established his own grocery business, Rick’s Supermarket in Glen Daniel, in 1979, which is still family owned and operated. Rick served on the Whitesville State Bank Board of Directors and Big Coal River BanCorp. for over 25 years until illness forced him to retire. Rick loved working at his grocery store, working on his farm, tinkering with antique cars and spending time with his bulldogs. Rick enjoyed talking to anyone and everyone and he hardly ever met a stranger. Rick was a lifelong member of the Marsh Fork Presbyterian Church in Dry Creek, WV.
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “Rick Jarrell” in the memo to BAF, 129 Main St. Suite 301, Beckley, WV 25801 or donate online below. If you are interested in starting a designated fund or leaving a legacy gift, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email email@example.com.
The Kaplan Family does not call West Virginia home, however their connections to the area go back to LaRinda’s grandmother. LaRinda states that, “My grandmother’s family is from the southern West Virginia area and the stories she shared with me of the area made us start our journey towards the Beckley Area Foundation. After much thought and research, we decided that the Beckley Area Foundation would be the best choice to help us administer the fund.”
Dyslexia training is near to the family’s heart because of their daughter, Olivia’s, dyslexia diagnosis. Olivia helped the family with research for the fund and discovered that Marshall University is one of the top schools in the country for helping students with learning disabilities. Now the entire family is one of the Thundering Herd’s biggest fans!
Dr. & Mrs. Kaplan explained their desire to create this fund, “We started this fund for teachers because we wanted every child who has dyslexia to be able to attend their local school and receive the best education possible. After our daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia, we searched for a school that could offer her the help she needed to succeed. Even though we lived in a major metropolitan area, there were very few people highly trained to help children with dyslexia. After several years of watching her struggle, we decided to move her to a school that focused on helping children with dyslexia. Unfortunately, our choice meant that we had to separate our family during the school year. We enrolled her in a school whose approach is that every teacher needs to be trained in identifying students with potential learning disabilities and helping the students reach their maximum capabilities. We are excited to report that Olivia is reaching her full potential and being challenged to learn subjects that can be considered “out of reach” for children with learning differences. After discovering how well a school with highly trained educators can teach students with learning disabilities, we decided that every child should have this opportunity, regardless of where they attend school. By setting up an educational fund to train teachers in identifying and educating children with dyslexia, our hope is that no one has to leave their hometowns or separate their families because of their learning differences.”
Seth is a gastroenterologist in Raleigh, NC, where he has practiced since 2000. His academic interest includes colon cancer prevention and new diagnostic tools and therapies for irritable bowel syndrome. LaRinda holds a B.A. degree in communications from Belmont University and a M.S. degree in Business Management from Salve Regina University. Over the past twenty-five years LaRinda has worked in public affairs focusing on matters of healthcare, public safety, and education with legislative and governmental agencies.
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “Kaplan Family Fund” in the memo to BAF, 129 Main St. Suite 301, Beckley, WV 25801 or by clicking the button below. If you are interested in starting a fund or leaving a legacy gift, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woodrow Wilson High School (WWHS) is a secondary school located in Beckley, WV, teaching grades nine through twelve. It is one of four secondary schools in the Raleigh County School District. Including the two new funds mentioned below, BAF now has twenty scholarship funds that are specific to WWHS.
WWHS Class of 1964 Scholarship Fund was created to assist students in furthering their post-secondary education. Applicants must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 – 4.0 scale based on official high school transcripts. This fund started building over time in 2020, but has now been completed thanks to the WWHS Class of 1964 Alumni and other donors.
George Shriver, WWHS Class of 1964 Fund Advisor, said, “Thank you, classmates, for making the Class of 1964 Scholarship a reality. Remember additional contributions can be made at any time, which is a great way to honor those special events.”
WWHS Class of 1980 Scholarship Fund was created to assist students in furthering their post-secondary education. Applicants must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher based on official high school transcripts. This fund is currently building over time and was started by the WWHS Class of 1980 Alumni in 2021. Any donations to help build this fund are encouraged and welcome.
Richard Jarrell, WWHS Class of 1980 Fund Advisor, said, “The Class of 1980 was motivated to establish a Scholarship Fund by the many other classes over the years who have been there to help Woodrow Wilson students continue their post-secondary education. We also wanted to help leave a legacy for future students.”
Both of these funds utilized BAF’s “Building Over Time” option, which enables individuals, families, companies and organizations to establish a fund with a minimum gift of $2,000 and build up the fund over a five-year period.
Anyone may make additional contributions to these funds. Donations may be made online by clicking the buttons below, or by check made payable to BAF with WWHS Class of ‘69 or WWHS Class of ‘80 in the memo. Please mail your check to Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St., Suite 301, Beckley, WV 25801.
In early December 2020, BAF launched their Campaign for the 21st Century. This annual campaign is an appeal for gifts to BAF’s unrestricted endowments. These funds are used to respond to emerging needs throughout Raleigh County. Recent projects include the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, Community Grant Program and the Household Hazardous Waste Collection. A matching opportunity was available for any donation over $250 to the Campaign. This was partially funded by a donation from the Massey Foundation. BAF received over $20,000 in donations to the Campaign for the 21st Century, and also had three new unrestricted funds started as a result, one of which will remain anonymous.
The Jane Witt Haga Family Fund was started by Jane, to support projects responding to emerging needs in Raleigh County. Jane is a long-time supporter of BAF, she helped coordinate establishing the WWHS Class of 1963 Scholarship Fund in 2013.
The Shirley Weber Koehler Memorial Fund was started by Sally Jarrett, Charles Konas and Sue Thomas in memory of their Mother, Shirley Weber Koehler. This fund was also created to support projects responding to emerging needs in Raleigh County.
Rebecca Williams, BAF Chief Financial Officer, said, “Since 1985, donors have established 83 named unrestricted funds to support BAF programs in Raleigh County. This amounts to over $6.6 million in endowed funds and another $6.2 million dollars is held in our General Unrestricted Fund. Each year BAF is able to respond to the emerging needs of our local nonprofit organizations thanks to the flexibility that these endowed funds provide. BAF is able to put the needs of our community first because of the generosity of donors to the unrestricted endowment funds. Gifts received today will support our community in ways we can only imagine in the future.”
BAF would like to thank the community for their ongoing support, and encourage donations to unrestricted funds. These funds allow the Foundation to respond quickly to the needs in our community, and provide flexibility with new programs and granting opportunities.
Anyone may make additional contributions to these funds. Donations may be made by clicking the buttons below, or by check made payable to BAF with Haga Family, Weber Koehler or General Unrestricted in the memo. Please mail your check to Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St., Suite 301, Beckley, WV 25801.
In March 2020, the Beckley Area Foundation established the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which was created to support local nonprofit organizations working to provide aid to those impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
Doug Ramsden, CERF Committee Chair and BAF Treasurer, said, “To serve as a member of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Committee has been a tremendously rewarding experience. Since the virus became known last year, the fund has received well in excess of $100,000 from donors who determined someone else's needs were greater than their own. Over 30 non-profit organizations applied and received grants to support the communities where they reside. Funding has allowed organizations to deliver food boxes to thousands of individuals including families living in Raleigh, Wyoming, Webster and McDowell counties. The emotional impact one receives in response to these grants is life changing.”
The donations have been used to grant $114,669.24 to 37 different nonprofit organizations in Raleigh County and surrounding areas. One of our latest grants benefitted the Itmann Food Bank to help supply food for low-income families in their area.
Arnold Simonse, Director of Itmann Food Bank, said "The winter season is always a difficult time for low-income families in Wyoming County, but COVID-19 has presented a new set of problems as the pandemic has left our county with even greater challenges in providing food. Loss of employment has added to the already large number of folks who rely on the food pantry to provide food for their families. The Itmann Food Pantry's food budget has been stretched, but thankfully, funding from the Beckley Area Foundation will allow us to provide special help to families whose food needs have been stretched even further as a result of the pandemic."
BAF would like to thank everyone involved. The community stepped up in a very big way when people needed it most, and these CERF grants would not be possible without the donations BAF received during this time.
The Landry Family Foundation is located in Boston, MA, and they support innovative leaders and organizations addressing the issues of global poverty, the rights of children, gender equity, and social justice through transformative and sustainable solutions. Their areas of focus include education, health, and the protection of marginalized populations.
Sarah Gauger, Philanthropic Advisor for the Landry Family Foundation, said "When, we heard about the high unemployment in your area, and the fact that so many families are displaced or experience homelessness, we wanted to respond. We also appreciate your partnership with the Raleigh County Board of Education to provide food for families in need, as well as your Students First program, and your community grants. Clearly, the needs are significant, and we’re grateful for the work you're doing."
The Landry Family Foundation was generous to award the Beckley Area Foundation with funds to distribute to programs related to children with special needs, education, food insecurity and homelessness.
After conducting a thorough grant application process, BAF Staff and Board of Directors are excited to award $25,000 to seven non-profit organizations serving Raleigh, Wyoming, McDowell and Fayette counties located in southern West Virginia. This includes $2,500 added to the BAF Kaplan Family Fund for Learning Disabilities in Southern West Virginia.
“We are honored that the Landry Family Foundation chose BAF to act as a grant maker on their behalf. What a difference they have made to the families and communities in southern West Virginia!” said Dena Cushman, Executive Director of the Beckley Area Foundation.
Distributions were as follows:
Helping Hands Community Resource Center – This grant will be used to purchase food and will have an impact on approximately 4,000 individuals - $5,000
Raleigh County Public Library Bookmobiles – This grant will be used to purchase food for the summer reading program. This past summer, 15,000 meals were served with the help of a BAF Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund (CERF) grant - $3,000
United Way of Southern WV – This grant will serve approximately 360 children in the Equal Footing Shoe Program - $2,500 (serves Fayette, McDowell, and Wyoming counties)
Catholic Charities WV- This grant will support CCWVa's Adult Learning Program that will help individuals in recovery become more employable. The program addresses career development and educational goals, which ultimately helps individuals in maintaining recovery and a stable living wage. - $5,000
Calvary Baptist Church – This grant will serve approximately 60 school age children over a 6-month period and will be used to successfully tutor at-risk students by purchasing laptops, internet upgrade, background checks and supplies - $2,000 (BAF is also granting $4,040 from its COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to purchase food and food-related items.)
Itmann Food Bank – This project aims at increasing self-sufficiency and will impact 20 families in Wyoming county. These families will learn how to build, care for and manage chicken coops in their own backyards. - $5,000