The Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation began life as the Charles T. Beaird Foundation on December 28, 1960 in Shreveport, Louisiana. At the time, the Foundation's primary purpose was to facilitate the philanthropic interests of the Beaird-Poulan Corporation. It later became a stand-alone family foundation with no affiliation to any business, and its assets consist of contributions made by the Beaird family.   It was renamed the Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation in 2009.

Dr. Charles T. Beaird (Ph.D. in Philosophy, Columbia University) was an industrialist, a newspaper publisher, an investor, a college professor, a collector and a philanthropist who was a life-long resident of Shreveport. He and his wife, Carolyn Williams Beaird, were widely recognized, locally and nationally, for their civic and charitable work. The Foundation they established continues their work under the direction of their family's second, third and fourth generations.

While most foundations have a Board of Directors, as do we, the Beaird Family Foundation also has a separate designation called Members. Any descendant or spouse of a descendant of Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird who has reached the age of 18 may become a Member if he or she chooses.                                                                            

The Members elect up to nine of their own to serve on the Board of Directors, and the Board elects the Foundation's officers. The entire membership meets annually, and the Board has at least two other meetings during the year to consider requests for grants. Day-to-day operations are the duties of the Foundation's executive director.

The Foundation awards grants to qualified nonprofit organizations, mostly in the Shreveport-Bossier City region of northwest Louisiana. It has supported a wide range of interests, including but not limited to education, housing, health care, social services, the arts and community development. From its small beginnings in 1960, the Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation has grown, enabling its Board to annually award over $1,000,000 in grants.

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The Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation regrets to announce the death of our Executive Director, Jim Montgomery, on Saturday, January 12, 2013, after a battle with lung cancer. The support and condolences of the foundation and NW Louisiana communities are much appreciated. For more information, including memorial donation requests, please see the obituary here.