The Bestwick Foundation

The Bestwick Foundation, a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has held a number of charitable events since it’s incorporation on July 14th, 2011, and has subsequently provided over $132,000 in financial support to numerous families, individuals, and local organizations in the Centre Region. Established by Jamie Bestwick (President), Steve Greer (Secretary), and Dan Rallis (Treasurer), the purpose for which the Foundation is organized is to primarily provide financial assistance to those dealing with cancer and other health-related or unforeseen financial hardships. The corporation is organized to operate exclusively at all times for the benefit of, to perform the functions of, or to carry out the purposes of the Bestwick Foundation. One of the main goals of the Bestwick Foundation is to keep all monies raised local and to focus on helping our neighbors. Additionally, the Foundation also evaluates and provides discretionary support for needy schools and other programs in the community, especially in support of youth and health development.

Our Mission

“The Bestwick Foundation is a local non-profit organization nestled in the heart of State College, PA. Money raised through yearly events and fundraisers is distributed to local families and individuals who are struggling to fight cancer and other hardships, as well as to other local organizations and partners in the Centre Region. Our efforts hope to make a direct impact on our community and enrich the lives of others.”

Our Beneficiaries

The Hope Lodge/PSU Coaches vs Cancer
Mount Nittany Medical Center
The Tides Program
Centre Volunteers in Medicine
Children’s Miracle Network
Team Ream
The Jamie Effect
Strawberry Fields
Youth Service Bureau
Athlete Recovery Fund
St. Joseph’s Academy
Numerous Individuals and Families
Multiple school programs and fundraisers

Board Members

Don Leitzell
Scott Yocum
John Morris
Abe Harpster
Chuck Morrison

Strawberry Fields, Inc.

The Bestwick Foundation provided a wonderful evening of food, fun, and Santa for several of our families this past Christmas. They were truly appreciative of being able to participate and enjoy the well-organized festivities! Just watching the faces of the children when Santa arrived was enough to bring the Christmas spirit to any "Grinches"! We, at Strawberry Fields, love working with the Bestwick Foundation and are so grateful for what they do in the community.

Susan Drenning
Strawberry Fields, Inc.

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The Bestwick Foundation is a publically supported organization described under Section 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code which is tax exempt as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Bestwick Foundation is registered as a charitable organization with the Department of State’s (PA) Bureau of Charitable Organization (No. 42105) and is authorized to solicit charitable contributions under The Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act. The Foundation submitted an Application for Recognition of Exemption (Form 1023) on July 12, 2012, and is now recognized as an organization exempt from taxation under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code from the date of its incorporation as a Nonprofit Corporation (July 14, 2011).