Our Mission

The Bill Cook Foundation seeks to help some of the world’s poorest children to get the best education possible.  Thus, the Foundation supports education from basic literacy and vocational schooling through university education.  In general, it hopes to fund tuition and other direct expenses for children.  However, it recognizes that there may also be a need for providing housing and food in some instances.  The Foundation works in some of the world’s poorest countries and with the most disadvantaged children including orphans, refugees, and victims of discrimination.  It supports projects where relatively small amounts of money can do great good.  At present, the Foundation is seeking funds for projects for children in Papua New Guinea, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Ethiopia, and Kenya and hopes to expand to other countries in Africa and in Central America and wherever there is great need.

About Bill Cook

 Bill Cook is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wabash College and received his MA and PhD at Cornell University.  For 42 years, he taught medieval and Renaissance history at the State University of New York at Geneseo and retired in 2012 with the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor of History.  He has won many teaching awards and is the author of 5 books and the editor of several others.  Bill has directed a dozen summer seminars for high school and college teachers for the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He has made ten courses, video and audio, for The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company).  In the past 13 years, he has served as a resource more than 20 times for YPO/WPO and CEO, organizations of leaders of companies from throughout the world.  He has led many programs for Friends of Florence, a charitable organization that funds the restoration of art in Tuscany.  Bill has three adopted sons, and he served as guardian for eight other boys in their teen years. For 30 years, he has organized an annual fund raising banquet in his hometown of Geneseo, NY to benefit Covenant House. More about Bill is available here.

Board of Directors

Bill Cook, Geneseo, NY, Founding President
Ian MacPherson, New York, NY, Secretary
Pat Mahaney, Alden, NY, Treasurer
Dr. Susan Bailey, Geneseo, NY
Charlie Cardillo, San Francisco, CA
John B. Lennes, Minneapolis, MN
Glen McClure, Geneseo, NY
Ellen Morto, Singapore, Singapore
Fr. Godfrey Odinga, Ondunga, Nairobi, Kenya
Christine Toretti, Indiana, PA
Willis Tsai, San Francisco, CA

BOARD OF Distinguished advisors

Countess Simonetta Brandolini d’Adda, Florence, Italy
Renee Gardner, Washington, DC
Jacob German, Indianapolis, IN
The Honorable John LaFalce, Tonawanda, NY
Thang Le, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Dr. Raymond Williams, Crawfordsville, IN
Jane Crouch, Denver and Aspen, CO
Jürgen and Helena Hoffmeister, Munich and Prague and Pisek, Czech Republic
Father Tomas Halik, Prague, Czech Republic
Dr. Richard Gunderman, Indianapolis, IN