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Burke Youth Organized Philanthropists

Operating under the auspices of the Community Foundation of Burke County, Burke Youth Organized Philanthropists (“BYOP”) was created in 2016. Sara Black Moses, CFBC Board Member and a native of Burke County, leads the organization and serves as volunteer Director of BYOP. The group consists of students representing four high schools in Burke County as well as students from recognized homeschools. The students are focused on developing philanthropy skills as well as gaining a better understanding of the needs in Burke County. They will work together to identify community needs and will begin accepting grant applications from Burke County nonprofits in the spring of 2020.

Contact Nancy W. Taylor by email or by calling (828) 437-7105 if you would like further information about the program or if you are interested in becoming a donor.


The Burke Youth Organized Philanthropist exists to engage and empower youth through learning and serving to strengthen our community.

BYOP Officers

Reed Farrar- Senior Co-Chair
Sara Byrd Succop - Junior Co-Chair
Austin Hunt - Treasurer
Katie Riebel - Secretary
Zakk Heile - Publicity Officer

Sara Black Moses, CFBC Board Member/BYOP Director

BYOP Committee

Funding guidelines for the 2022 BYOP Grant Cycle will be made available in March of 2022. Applications for membership on the BYOP Steering Committee for 2021-2022 can be found by clicking on this link.  If you have questions, contact Nancy W. Taylor by email or by calling (828) 437-7105