In Spring 2022, BAF relocated to 1210 South Kanawha St. in Beckley. This move to a new permanent, central location has heightened the foundation’s visibility and continues to encourage community participation.
The Carter Family Foundation has challenged BAF and the community to raise the remaining balance of their renovation goal ($185,000) by the end of the calendar year. All money raised (up to $92,500) will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Carter Family Foundation.
“The Carter Family Foundation and Beckley Area Foundation have worked closely for many years, and we recognize the impact BAF, and their donors have on this community. Carter Family Foundation challenges everyone to contribute to the “Building for the Future” campaign to help BAF finalize the renovation project at their new location.”
— Pete Torrico | Board Member, Carter Family Foundation
All individuals who donate to the “Building for the Future” campaign will be listed on permanent display in our reception area. All donations to BAF are tax-deductible and will be used for the renovation of our new location. Donations can be given anonymously, in memory or in honor of someone.
Anyone interested in donating to the "Building for the Future” campaign may mail contributions with “Building” in the memo to BAF, 1210 South Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801 or clicking the link below to donate online.
“We are excited to help Mr. Tanner develop this scholarship with the intent of supporting WWHS students who are musically inclined to attend Concord University. This endowment will help students with collegiate financial assistance for years to come.”
— Melanie Stewart | Scholarship Coordinator, BAF
Since 1985, BAF has awarded $4,959,930 in scholarships to recipients in Raleigh County and surrounding areas. In 2021-2022, BAF approved 294 scholarships totaling $432,283.24! These were made possible by the 188 scholarship funds created by our generous donors.
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “Tanner Scholarship” in the memo to BAF, 1210 South Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801 or visiting our website at bafwv.org to donate online. If you are interested in starting a scholarship fund or leaving a legacy gift, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email email@example.com.
Mac's Toy Fund has been helping our community for 92 years, and will be accepting online grant applications similar to last year. Rather than buy toys to distribute, Mac’s Toy Fund will offer grants to nonprofit organizations that give out toys, coats and the like to children.
Applications are due by September 19th, 2022.
“We know that the children we serve in this program may not ever have the opportunity to purchase a new coat. By giving them this gift of a new coat it lets them know their fire fighters care about them. Your contribution is key to our program and we can not thank you enough. We continue to grow our program and are so happy to have Mac's Toy Fund as a partner.”
— Lt. Rick Fisher | President, Beckley Firefighters Association
The WWHS Class of 1967 has established a building over time scholarship fund with the help of classmate Chuck Jarrell. The WWHS graduating class of 1967 was the last class to graduate from the Park Avenue school site, now the home of Park Middle School. The scholarship is a renewable scholarship for matriculating seniors from WWHS.
“Throughout the decades, we have all benefited from our education received at WWHS and the Raleigh County school system. Today more than ever, post-secondary education, whether at traditional colleges and universities or through trade and technical schools, is critical to success in the modern workplace. Our classmates want to support graduating WWHS students who may need financial help as they seek post-secondary opportunities.”
— Chuck Jarrell
Classmates enjoyed another weekend event – a tour of Park Middle School (pictured). Lanny Oakes, a teacher at Park Middle School, led the tour that included visiting classrooms and the band room, sitting in the original seats in the auditorium, and going under the stage into “the dungeon” where some classmates had classes more than 55 years ago. Lanny, who teaches history and is very knowledgeable about the old WWHS, also assembled original blueprints of the building, pictures from 1967, and the last remaining band uniform from the old WWHS. Classmates were thrilled to see the changes in the building and to remember teachers, administrators, and friends from so long ago.
“I particularly enjoyed the tour of the old WWHS. My parents, Betty, and Millard Jarrell, met there in the fall of 1947, when both were first year teachers. My mother had just graduated from Fairmont State College, and my dad had returned from service in World War II. As new teachers, they were thrown together in meetings and committees. They fell in love and married the next summer. My dad taught chemistry and was pleased that his students later became doctors, successful business executives at technology companies, and even an astronaut (John McBride). Mom taught distributive education (DECA) and retailing and was one of a group of teachers who started the “Dollars for Scholars” fund for student scholarships in 1959-60.”
— Chuck Jarrell
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “WWHS Class of 1967” 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 scholarship fund or leaving a legacy gift, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Peggy was young when she married, and her husband asked his mother to take her to the grocery store and teach her how to shop. Her Mother-in-law was telling her what she should be buying. Peggy finally said to her "If I have to cook it and eat it, I will buy what I want." Her Mother-in-law said to her "You're a Sassy little thing aren't you." She has had the nickname “Sassy” ever since.”
“Peggy loved God, her Church and was a faithful member. She would be honored that the members of Joyful Life Baptist Church started two Beckley Area Foundation funds in her memory that others would receive the love of God through her BAF memorial funds for many years.”
— Karen Price | Friend, Joyful Life Baptist Church
Peggy was a 1956 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and a member of the Joyful Life Baptist Church. Peggy loved her church and was very active with her church family. She loved people and never met a stranger. She had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh with others.
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “Peggy Holliday 1” or “Peggy Holliday 2” 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 designated fund or leaving a legacy gift, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email email@example.com.
“Since 1985, donors have established 86 named unrestricted funds to support BAF programs in Raleigh County. Each year BAF can 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. To date, over $3.6 million has been granted out into our community using unrestricted funds.”
— Rebecca Williams | BAF, Chief Financial Officer
Born in Beckley in 1936, Jay was the son of the late Joseph A. "Joe" Roles and Pansy Fern Wills Roles. Jay was the former owner and operator of Jay Roles Floral for 34 years. He served in the military for ten years in the U.S. Air Force, and one and a half years in the U.S. Army National Guard. Jay was a graduate of WWHS class of 1954, and was a former member of the Beckley Civitan Club, Beckley Moose Lodge #1606, Elks Lodge, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Carol and Jay loved the WV Mountaineers football, basketball, and baseball teams, and were season ticket football game holders for about 25 years. Jay also loved to hunt in his spare time. Jay and Carol got married on April 2, 1955, at the Mount Hope Christian Church. Carol was a most wonderful wife and the love of his life. He was a member and trustee of Pikeview Christian Church.
Carol was a graduate of Mount Hope High School, class of 1955, Carol had worked for Tracy and Warren Hylton Coal Companies for 20 years as an office manager. She had also worked for Beckley Welding, Beckley Stone Company, and Ashland Gas Service. Carol was also the former co-owner of Jay Roles Floral with her husband, Jay. Carol was a former member of the Women of the Moose, Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary, where she was a co-chairwoman.
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “Carol and Jay Roles” 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 an unrestricted fund or leaving a legacy gift, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Randy Royster, board member of the Council on Foundations. “This accreditation is a significant accomplishment that indicates BAF demonstrates a commitment to transparency, quality, integrity and accountability as it carries out its mission.”
The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. With over 800 community foundations already accredited nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors.
“This is critically important to our donors,” said Dena Cushman, BAF Executive Director. “When people make a charitable bequest or establish a fund, they are putting their trust in us. They are counting on us to manage the investment wisely and honor their charitable wishes. The National Standards accreditation says our house is in order.”
BAF works to meet critical community needs and support local causes, including animal services, the arts, civic beautification, economic development, education, health & human services, and public recreation.
BAF offers a range of charitable funds, allowing donors to advance a cause, support an individual organization, or provide flexible support for community needs. In addition to affirming the organization’s philanthropic services, the accreditation validates BAF’s grantmaking practices for the nonprofit community.
“Grantmaking is a lot like investing,” said Douglas Ramsden, BAF Board President. “BAF needs to assess risks, weigh potential gains, diversify assets, monitor performance and operate fairly. With our National Standards accreditation, you can be assured that we’re doing just that.”
Organizations seeking to solve community challenges may have access to additional support, thanks to a new donor-advised fund established with the Beckley Area Foundation.
The Vaught Fund for Social Entrepreneurship was established by Raleigh County natives Chris and Debbie Vaught. As the term implies, social entrepreneurship is a movement that seeks to solve society’s problems by applying creative, out-of-the-box thinking often embraced by entrepreneurs.
“The fund’s goal is to promote and support innovation and entrepreneurship for addressing community needs.” For example, grants from the fund can help new organizations design and implement solutions for recently identified problems. Existing organizations might also expand their offerings or add a social component. “We are most excited about collaboration among groups to create efficiencies and leverage combined strengths.”
— Chris Vaught
“It is a pleasure to help generous people like Chris and Debbie achieve their unique philanthropic goals and realize their ability to make lasting change. Charitable giving allows you to create your own legacy and teaches the value of philanthropy to future generations.”
— Dena Cushman | BAF, Executive Director
Vaught is a serial entrepreneur, having launched six Raleigh County-based businesses and organizations in the last 14 years. He serves on the board of directors for several community organizations.
“Through my work with Beckley Area Foundation and WV Hive, which supports local entrepreneurs, I see how non-profit organizations can fit in a collaborative entrepreneurship ecosystem. Debbie and I hope this fund will help organizations create equitable, sustainable solutions for our community’s greater good.”
— Chris Vaught
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “Vaught Family” 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 advised fund or leaving a legacy gift, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email email@example.com.
The designated “Delta Kappa Gamma XI Chapter Legacy Fund” was established by Gerald & Glenda Wait to support the Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) XI Chapter. DKG Society promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
"We are very appreciative of Dr. Glenda Wait and her husband Jerry Wait for their generous contribution to the future of DKG Chapter XI. Glenda's effective leadership at the local, state, and international level contributes to the personal and professional growth of her DKG sisters. Her leadership is truly an inspiration! With this funding, DKG can continue to grow and develop their leadership skills through training and other leadership development opportunities."
— Brenda Epling | DKG XI Chapter, President
The local chapters are the beating heart of DKG. The support from the DKG Legacy fund will help XI Chapter cover a small part of travel expenses for state and international conventions and conferences. These experiences will enrich the members and community. XI Chapter has almost 40 members and are always seeking new members of all ages to support the outreach of XI Chapter.
Our budget priorities are often directed at helping youth and adults in the local community; these funds will provide opportunities for our own chapter members as well. Through Gerald and Glenda’s support, our members will receive financial assistance to attend personal and professional training for many years to come.
— Dr. Linda M. Kutilek | DGK XI Chapter, Finance Committee Chair
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “DKG XI Chapter” 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 designated fund or leaving a legacy gift, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Fred was proud to be a long-time Raleigh County Educator. Opportunity and fair representation for everyone supported his positive approach towards a better life experience. His desire to establish an unrestricted fund indicates his confidence in BAF’s ability to make life better for his community.”
— Michael Farris
Frederick A. Farris was born February 12, 1953, in Beckley, WV. He was the eldest child of the late Dr. Frederick and Evelyn June Farris. Fred was a 1971 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, and he received his bachelor's degree in Journalism from WVU in 1976. After a brief career in retail sales, he returned to Concord University (formerly Concord College) to complete a teacher certification in Elementary Education. He completed a Master's degree in Speech Communication from WVU.
Fred taught fifth grade at Lester Elementary School where he was named Teacher of the Year for the school before transferring to Independence Middle School to teach Sixth Grade during Raleigh County Schools’ inaugural year of the middle school concept. Fred retired from Raleigh County Schools in June 2018, after 35 years of service.
Fred loved collecting antique cars as well as model cars, reading, art, landscaping, cooking, and cats. He had collections of thousands of books and die cast model cars. He was a member of the WV Education Association, serving in a variety of capacities for the organization at the local, state, and national levels; was a Friend of the Raleigh County Library and a member of the Whitewater Antique Automobile Club of America. He was a life-long member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Fred died April 9, 2021, after a prolonged battle with diabetes.
Leaving a bequest can have a significant 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 save your family money by decreasing inheritance taxes. A simple gift provision in your Will can make a difference in many lives.
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “Frederick Farris” 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 an unrestricted fund or leaving a legacy gift, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email email@example.com.