The B.W. Bastian Foundation was founded in 1997 by tech entrepreneur Bruce Bastian, co-founder of WordPerfect. Bastian’s philanthropy has centered on cultural arts and LGBTQ equality. 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 LGBTQ+ community and HIV/AIDS programs.