Timothy and Kay Finch Fund

This fund was established in 2010. Annual earnings can be distributed at the discretion of the Foundation Trustees.

My Foundation Experience

– Kay Finch, Trustee and Fund Donor

Founded in 1986, the Foundation is one of more than 550 community foundations in the nation and part of an exciting philanthropic movement that began in 1914.

The concept of a community foundation is simple: a means to build a substantial amount of money over time from contributions and a means to use the income from these funds to meet the community’s charitable needs now and into the future.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the Foundation. It is responsible for overseeing the investment of donor funds and the distribution of grants in accordance with donors’ wishes. Trustees serve without compensation and are selected because of their judgment, integrity, community involvement and understanding of philanthropic needs.

When I was invited to become a member of the Board of Trustees I had been a member of BRF Rotary Club for a number of years and was aware of the many beautiful and functional community improvements that were funded by the Foundation. Having been a Trustee for a few years now, I am impressed by the impact the Foundation grants have made on so many individuals, organizations and all schools within Jackson County. The financial need of so many charitable organizations, students, veterans and others is augmented by the Foundation grants which enrich the lives of so many Jackson County residents. I feel so fortunate to be a part of making such a positive difference in so many peoples’ lives that it has given more meaning and made a difference in my own life. It makes me feel as though I have impacted someone else’s life positively.

My husband, Tim, and I both grew up in Jackson County. W made the decision to purchase my family’s cranberry business 35 years ago and was blessed to be in a position of giving back to the beautiful community in which we thrive, prosper and call our home.
One evening Tim and I were discussing the possibility of donating monies to the Foundation and setting up one of eight different types of funds available. We chose the unrestricted fund.

Unrestricted Funds allow the Trustees the greatest flexibility to award grants to projects or programs that have the greatest need at any given time. The fund can be named for the donor. This fund was ideal for us.

We chose the Foundation for a number of reasons-highest on our list of priorities was an independent local governing body that is knowledgeable about and representative of the community and accountable to the public. The Foundation also serves as a resource for philanthropic services for donors and varied charitable interests and desires and provides prudent stewardship and investment practices and is committed to preserve donor intent.

Tim and I plan to continue to contribute to our fund and to utilize the outstanding assets the Foundation and other organizations have provided to all County residents to enjoy – the Foundation Trail, the Community garden, the soccer field, softball field, and the Skyline Clubhouse – the list goes on.

The Foundation is willing to assist any individual or organization in establishing a fund. Please contact Julie Murray, Administrative Assistant to the Black River Falls Area Foundation at 715-284-3113 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.