Pike County Endowment Fund

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A spark ignited in Don Kirk and Jim Gay’s minds when they attended a meeting about community giving.

Here’s their story:

We heard about how one region had built charitable funds. We realized that assets had left our county because many times when a Pike County resident passed away, all of the decedent’s assets were liquidated, businesses sold, farms sold, bank accounts closed and the wealth transferred to heirs who lived outside the county, in New York, California, Florida, and other places.

We believed there were people who cared enough about our county that, during their lifetime or at their death, they would leave a portion of their wealth for the county where they lived and where funds could be used for the betterment of our Pike County communities for generations to come.

We met with our Community Foundation to see whether it would serve as the vehicle to assist us with a Pike County Endowment Fund. Then, we met with several of the banks within the county. A very large percentage of the banks said they would support such a program, both financially and by informing their customers of the benefits. And, we found individuals who also believed in giving back.

With this in mind, we formed our Pike County Fund Council to help educate individuals and businesses and to make contacts with those who might have an interest in donating. Our Pike County Endowment Fund was established and continues to grow.

Our Pike County Fund Council raises the funds. We review grant applications. Then, we recommend grants that serve charitable causes in our county. Our Pike County Endowment will provide support for good, forever, for our county.


Anyone can make a gift to any fund at any time to help it grow. To make a gift to the Pike County Endowment Fund, please click here.