Beng Community Fund


I’m delighted to announce that the BCF has now achieved 501 (c) (3) status from the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  This means that all donations to the BCF are now legally tax-deductible in the US.  To take advantage of this exciting new development, we’ll soon establish an online donation portal via Paypal.  Stay tuned!

IRS Approval, BCF Tax-Exempt Status Approval Ltr, 5-25-16, single page


The Beng Community Fund (BCF) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that aims to benefit the Beng community in Cote d’Ivoire. Funds of the NGO may be used for a variety of community projects, including housing needs, sanitation improvements, educational programs, and other community efforts, as agreed upon by relevant members of the Beng community. Such development projects aim to help the Beng retain the vitality of their rich cultural traditions while offering advantages of modern technology, with an emphasis on local sustainability. Funds to be used for these purposes include proceeds from the books, Parallel Worlds and Braided Worlds, by Alma Gottlieb and Philip Graham, as well as funds donated by individuals and groups for the purpose.

Girl at Kosangbé Water Pump

The photo above illustrates one project we have been able to support with royalties from Parallel Worlds and Braided Worlds. In 1993-94, we donated funds from royalties for Parallel Worlds to provide repairs to this village pump–the only reliable source of clean water for the village. The repairs increased the pump’s water output and enabled girls and women to pump water far more easily. In 2013, royalty funds from Braided Worlds bought new repairs to the pump that had become severely degraded over the previous twenty years.