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What is the status of the Besse Cooper's farm?

Besse Cooper's historic 1870 farmhouse and ancillary barns, along with 4 acres, were spared destruction, saved by being purchased privately (outside of the Foundation) in December 2014. Once what was under contract to be destroyed, becoming a subdivision, was saved, resultant all of the amazing support of so many people (we're working on a Wall of Gratitude to add to our site soon).
This acquistion will be transfered to the Foundation in the future. 

*However, the remaining 46 acres of her farmland, crucial to the Foundation's plans for a natural park, located just downstream from the Besse Brown Cooper Bridge along the Alcovy River, are literally days away from being sold and lost forever. We are actively applying for grants and searching for potential donors to help us #SaveBesseCoopersFarm

CRITICAL UPDATE: Our park project work has come to take on a far deeper meaning and a value much greater than when we first began back in 2014. The benefits for the local community, particularly the 1000s of residents on the road, as well as local K-12 students, with two nearby elementary schools, take on a scope which is currently non-existent in Walton county. Resultant our dedication, committed to protecting Besse Cooper's land, preserving it in perpetuity within Open Space, autumn of 2016 found us with ever growing optimism for 2017. And we had good reason to be as relationships with local, regional, and national park people were finally starting to gel, as well as our eligibility for a nonprofit bridge financing loan would occur in mere months. We were even beginning to say to ourselves, for the first time, that 2017 would be our year!

That optimism would sharply turn to shock in December 2016. The estate circumvented the Foundation, broadsiding the nonprofit organization, by entering a contract with an unknown and unvetted third party. Shock then became an sense of unrelenting disbelief. Nevertheless, we consulted with supporters of the Foundation who are attorneys, investors, and realtors, coming up with a solution which would satisfy all parties as best possible. After several discussions, a solution was finally agreed to. The contract with the third party would be terminated, and a contract would be entered into with the Foundation, a mere 6 months from obtaining the nonprofit funds we'd been working towards for over three years which would allow us to secure the land in perpetuity.

Incredibly, we would be informed within just hours of the closing that the estate reversed its decision, choosing to continue with the contract signing, much to our continuing bewilderment. The remaining farmland, critical to our work, the very cultural landscape which holds so much of Besse Cooper's life, her history, her legacy of being so well connected to the land, as well as those with whom she shared time walking it, working it... a woman shaped by the Women's Suffrage Movement in which she joined and fought for women's rights, and this spirit later expressed in purchasing this special place herself, as a married woman, with her modest teacher's salary, just a few years after women finally won the right to own land (previously prohibited be law)... a family history, the succession of generations, a last remaining Reconstruction Era farm, purchased by a suffragette and teacher who inspired so many... was sold to an unknown third party on January 13, 2017.

Because of the sensitive nature, being that a third party now has the title to the land, we've kept things deliberately quiet, working under the radar, for now. Suffice it to say, 2017 has been a year of profound difficulty, not only for the Foundation, but for friends of Besse's as well. Our media contacts are aware, as are other important allies of the Foundation, but we've chosen to maintain "radio silence" as we look into various aspects of how this might be resolved, including, but certainly not limited to litigation (something we very much wish to avoid). Importantly, we remain respectful of the third party, with whom we've been in contact, and with whom we seek a positive solution in the future should they so wish, at their discretion. When appropriate, we will announce any changes or information of significance regarding the preservation of Besse's farmland.
Farmland lost is farmland lost forever.
#ReturnToTheRiver we must. #ThisPlaceMatters

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What does "supporting supercentenarians" mean?

The impetus for creating the Foundation was realized by Besse's grandson, Paul Cooper, through the relationship of caregiving during Besse's latter years, as a centenarian, supercentenarian (110 or older), and ultimately as the World's Oldest Living Person. 

While this amazing group of elders, sometimes called "supers", numbering fewer than 100 around the world, get celebrated in the media, they are underserved as a group, and are often overlooked once the cameras go away. Many people assume this group is receiving elite medical care and financial assistance because of their extraordinary longevity, and other well intended assumptions which very often couldn't be further from the truth. 

The reality is that many are struggling with financial burdens, lack legal representation, and are left to medical care not appropriate to their age. We are building a coalition to help change that. The Besse Brown Cooper Foundation is the first nonprofit organization to specifically advocate for and support supercentenarians. 

What is happening with this website, and the Foundation in general?

A very dear and talented friend created this site, to get us up and running in late 2013, before the 1st anniversary of Besse Cooper's death, thus this site was written for a specific purpose at a very specific time. We'll be moving over to a new platform soon, allowing us to update things far more easily. Follow us on Twitter for the most current updates from the Foundation, and general information on aging, centenarians/supercentenarians, conservation, education, human rights, science, voting rights, women's suffrage, etc. as they relate to our shared human experience.

Please consider donating on #GivingTuesday 2017 to continue to support our work in growing our nonprofit organization, honoring the memory of Besse Brown Cooper through supporting supercentenarians in solidarity with #AllOurElders. Thank you.

If you are interested in helping us in with your services as an attorney, gerontologist, journalist, scientist or other related capacities, please contact us via e-mail at

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes, all donations are tax-deductible, within the U.S., to the extent the law allows. We are a recognized nonprofit organization in the State of Georgia, and were granted federal status by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization,
EIN : 46-3878242.

I live outside of the United States and I would like to donate.  How can I do that?

For those who live outside the U.S. we kindly ask at this time that you send your donation by check, made out to "Besse Brown Cooper Foundation" via mail to:

Besse Brown Cooper Foundation
P.O. Box 1896
Loganville, GA 30052 USA



Or send mail to:

Besse Brown Cooper Foundation
P.O. Box 1896
Loganville, GA 30052

tel (774) 678-1896

Your contribution to our efforts is greatly appreciated.


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