Beckley Area Foundation Inc.

The Beckley Area Foundation is very different from other philanthropic and nonprofit institutions. It is a charitable channel through which donors give.

The community foundation concept is as ingenious as it is simple—it is a means by which a substantial amount of money can be built over time from contributions both large and small, the income from which is used to meet the community’s charitable needs.

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Recent News from Beckley Area Foundation

Beckley Area Foundation announces annual designated distributions
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The Beckley Area Foundation's Board of Directors recently announced the distribution of 126 grants, totaling $312,113 to 56 organizations in the...more

Beckley Arts Center to open gift shop in spring
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After receiving a grant from the Beckley Area Foundation (BAF), the Beckley Arts Center (BAC) matched that grant with their own funds to construct...more

Almost quarter million given in community grants
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The Board of Directors of the Beckley Area Foundation has approved $233,236 to fund 58 projects between April 2018 and March 2019. BAF makes annual discretionary grants to charitable organizations...more

BAF distributes designated funds
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A grant from the Beckley Area Foundation is a partnership. Your story is our story. Since the first designated fund was established in 1986, the BAF has been telling stories of donors and helping...more

Two new funds benefit Webster County at BAF
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Currently the 11 funds benefiting Webster County have assets of $366,558.90. As with all community foundation endowments, gifts of any size may be made to any fund at any time. If you are interested...more

Raleigh Delegate donates special session pay to Susan Landis Youth Philanthropy Fund
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Raleigh County Delegate Mick Bates has donated his nearly $1,000 in special session pay to the Susan Landis Youth Philanthropy Fund. The fund was named in honor of Susan Landis, who served as...more

BAF Student's First Mini-Grants awarded
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Photo courtesy of Beckley Area FoundationConrad Cooper, president of Beckley Area Foundation's Board of Directors presents a Student's...more

BAF offering Neighborhood Investment Program credits
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The Hinton Area Foundation, a community foundation serving Summers County, also received state tax credits to use for its Vision 20/20...more

BAF seeking chief financial officer
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Beckley Area Foundation is seeking a chief financial officer who will be responsible for fiscal oversight of the $40 million philanthropic...more

Applications for Students First Mini Grants are now available online
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Fall 2017 marks Beckley Area Foundation's 21st year of Students First Mini Grants. This grant opportunity is available for Raleigh County...more

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