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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 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 conduct an annual grant cycle and evaluate grant applications from nonprofits serving children (ages 0-18) and their families.

Contact Nancy W. Taylor by email or by calling (828) 437-7105 if you would like further information about becoming a member of BYOP 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

Sara Byrd Succop - Senior Co-Chair
Samuel Ramirez - Junior Co-Chair
Joseph Franklin - Treasurer
Katie Riebel - Secretary
Zakk Heile - Publicity Officer

Sara Black Moses, CFBC Board Member/BYOP Director

BYOP Committee

The BYOP 2023-2024 application can be accessed by clicking on this link.  Applications are due by June 16, 2023. Funding guidelines for the 2024 Grant Cycle will be announced in February of 2024. If there are questions, contact Nancy Taylor at nwtaylor@cfburkecounty.org or 828-437-7105.