On January 1, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate took action to avert the so called “fiscal cliff” with the approved legislation, “The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012”, including several provisions relating to charitable deductions. President Obama signed the legislation into law.
It has been reported by GuideStar that there is no cap amount or limitation amount placed on charitable deductions, as had been proposed and speculated during the last minute Congressional negotiations. However, higher income individuals and families may be constrained in the area of overall itemized deductions. More detailed information should be forthcoming in the future.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, contributions and donations to the WV Bar Foundation are tax deductible, in accordance with the law.


The West Virginia Bar Foundation and its fifteen member Board of Directors wish to express their sincere appreciation to Bar Foundation Fellows Judge Edwin Flowers (Morgantown) and James “Jeep” Wilson (Bridgeport) for
their generous end-of-year contributions. Their donations will be utilized to provide Bar Foundation grants to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services here in West Virginia.


On January 2, 2013, Warren A. Thornhill, III, of Beckley passed away. After the incorporation of the WV Bar Foundation in December, 1988, Warren served as a member of the first full Board of Directors in 1989.
He was a well known and well respected member of the legal profession, who was a recognized leader in the Beckley and Raleigh County area. The public obituary quoted Bill File, III, a former Bar Foundation Vice President from Beckley, “He was the one attorney that really set the standard that all the younger attorneys tried to match. He was a gentleman that we all admired and learned from. Beckley is a better community because of his efforts.”
Warren Thornhill was one of the ten original founding members of the Beckley Area Foundation. The Bar Foundation extends its sympathy to his family and legion of friends and colleagues.


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Thomas R. Tinder, Esq.
Executive Director
West Virginia Bar Foundation
Post Office Box 4845
Charleston, WV 25364


The philanthropic organization for West Virginia’s legal profession and justice system.