Bruce Bastian, B. W. Bastian Foundation
The B.W. Bastian Foundation has been a long time supporter for the U’s LGBT Resource Center.
Some cool facts about the founder, Bruce Bastian, himself:
- While enrolled as a student at Brigham Young University, where he originally majored in music and was for a time the director of the BYU Cougar Marching Band, he developed a software program to help choreograph marching band performances. He switched his major to computer science.
- In 1973 he co founded a popular software company, we call it WordPerfect.
- He is the executive producer of 8: The Mormon Proposition, a film about the LDS church’s involvement in California Proposition 8 (2008), and the 2007 documentary For the Bible Tells Me So. He was also the first major donor to the National Equality March.
- In 2010, in honor of Bastian’s long term commitment to the arts, President Obama appointed him to the Presidential Advisory Committee of the Arts.
The B.W. Bastian Foundation strives to build community and understanding by supporting local and national institutions. Financial support is directed to the Arts through educational outreach. A strong commitment is placed on programs and organizations that benefit, encourage, and preserve the rights of individuals, promote equality for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community and HIV/AIDS programs.