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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, 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 2017.

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
Hannah Seagle – Co-Chair
Tripp Causby – Co-Chair
Avery Rogers - Secretary
Dean Tullis – Treasurer
Bennett Hall – Publicity Officer

Sara Black, BYOP Director


The BYOP 2017 application is now available. If you have questions, contact Nancy W. Taylor by email or by calling (828) 437-7105.

Download BYOP 2017 Cover Sheet - Application