Meet the Board of Directors
Incorporated in late 2016, an initial Board of Directors began organizing the WHEF in the summer of 2017. Chaired by Ronald D. Beck of Bowling Green, Kentucky, the initial board consisted of Beck, as well as Fred E. Doster and Steve Wilson, both of Lexington, Kentucky, and Neil Rush, DMD, of Cynthiana, Kentucky. Jane Winegardner of Lexington, Kentucky was named to the Board of Directors in March 2018. Kent Masterson Brown has served as an advisor to the board, not a voting member, in accordance with IRS requirements.
Beck has spent a lifetime in the business of philanthropy, most recently in the department of planned giving of Western Kentucky University. Doster has a background in accounting and has served as chief financial officer for multiple national corporations; he is now the principal of Transact Capital, consulting on mergers and acquisitions. Wilson is the principal of One Kentucky, Inc., a firm specializing in capital acquisition for businesses nationwide. Rush is a dentist, business owner, and life-long student of history; he and his three brothers are regular attendees of Witnessing History battlefield tours. Winegardner is in the hotel construction and management business and is active in philanthropy. Meetings of the board of directors have been held every week since July, almost without exception. Beverly Means DuBose, III of Atlanta, Georgia and C. Edmonds Allen of New York City are serving as advisers to the Board of Directors. We mourn the loss of Thomas P. Dupree, Sr., who served as an advisor to the Board of Directors from the beginning. He passed away on April 29, 2018 at the age of 87. He will be truly missed.
WHEF Tax Status Update
During the course of the meetings of the board of directors, the application for federal §501(c)(3) tax exempt status was filed for the WHEF in October 2017; the application was granted on April 30, 2018. WHEF is a qualified public charity exempt from federal taxes. The WHEF entered into a fiscal sponsorship agreement with the Bluegrass Community Foundation, Inc. whereby it will serve as the fiscal agent for WHEF, handling all its deposits and necessary payments and issuing the letters acknowledging receipt of tax-deductible gifts. Accordingly, all gifts to the WHEF are tax-deductible now. The initial board members of the WHEF and the advisor have all entered into confidentiality and conflict of interest agreements to protect the foundation and its donors. They have prepared a comprehensive Strategic Plan for the foundation, along with a proposed budget for the first three years of operation. Both of those documents are works-in- progress. It has been an exhaustive process.
We invite you to make a tax-deductible gift to WHEF. Make your check payable to Bluegrass Community Foundation, Inc. for the benefit of Witnessing History Education Foundation, Inc. and send it to WHEF, P. O. Box 1208, Lexington, KY 40588-1208, or you can make contribution by means of a credit or debit card HERE. You may also call the foundation office at 859-455- 9330.