We have these ongoing efforts where we need philanthropic support —

BESDF Scholarships Program

a Tax Deductible BESDF Fund

The Benjamin and Edith Spaulding Descendants Foundation, Inc. (BESDF) is our non-profit organization established for education, literacy, and charitable purposes.  The fund uses donations to award scholarships to African-Americans or Native-Americans who are current residents of Bladen, Columbus, Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Robeson County in the state of North Carolina who are not family members.  Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing their first undergraduate or graduate degree.

BESDA Family Scholarship Fund

a Non-Tax Deductible Association Fund

The Benjamin and Edith Spaulding Descendants Association, Inc. (BESDA) is a for profit organization that was established during our 2004 Family Reunion Business meeting in Florida.  Donations to this Fund allow Spaulding Family members an opportunity to continue our legacy of education by assisting our family’s youth. Through this fund, we award scholarships to help offset some of the recipients’ educational expenses as they work towards obtaining community college, undergraduate or advanced degrees. Over the past 13 years, the BESDA Scholarship program has awarded over $50,000 to Scholarship Recipients with the financial support we received from family members. Learn more about the goals of the BESDA go to the Welcome to the Benjamin and Edith Spaulding Descendants Family Website and click on the donation button.

George Henry White Fund

a Tax Deductible BESDF Fund

The donations to this fund are used to support the development of the George Henry White Community Memorial and Education Center in Bladen County, where the late Congressman George Henry White was born and raised. The GHW Center’s programs will highlight his courageous stand for racial justice in the face of public apathy and provide a location to highlight the rich history of the Farmers Union area and its surrounding communities.  It is also envisioned that this place will serve as a community center for health and wellness training, health fairs and guest lectures on subjects of interest to the community.

BESDF Unrestricted Fund

a Tax Deductible BESDF Fund

The unrestricted fund allows the BESDF Board to allocate the funds to support current or on-going projects on an as need basis. "Unrestricted" donations are important in that they make available funds that we might use for seed money to start up a new program or for unanticipated purposes as approved by the board. An example of the use of these funds is covering the cost of this our new fundraising software system.