- BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONFIRMED
- FOUNDATION TAX STATUS RESOLVED
- MALETSATSI MACEBA
- "INSIDE THE STRUGGLE: THE
AMY BIEHL STORY"
- SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS
- AMERICAN AIRLINES
- FREESA DEVELOPMENT FUND FOR SOUTH
- NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTE
FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
- CARMELITE MONASTERY
- SKI HARRISON (RUTAN & TUCKER)
- BISMARCK MYRICK
- GLOBAL PARTNERS (LOS ANGELES,
- SECOND ANNUAL CELEBRATORY CONCERT
The weeks subsequent to the Christmas season have been eventful
and productive for the Foundation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONFIRMED
As provided for in its Bylaws, the Foundation has confirmed
its first Board of Directors, comprised of eight members.
This Board will guide the Foundation through its formative
stages and we are gratified that people of distinction and
compassion have volunteered to serve:
Stephen John Stedman, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
Kennell Jackson, Jr., Ph.D.
University of San Francisco H. S.
San Francisco, CA
These outstanding directors join Linda, Kimberly, Molly and
Peter Biehl-representing the Biehl family. Back
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STEVE STEDMAN was an influential academic mentor
and close friend to Amy. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar,
lecturing at South Africa's University of the Western Cape
while Amy was a Fulbright Scholar associated with that institution.
Amy wrote a chapter for Steve's most recent book. Steve spoke
at Stanford University's memorial service for Amy. He is regarded
as an expert on socio-economic-political affairs in the Southern
KENNELL JACKSON was primarily responsible, with
his Stanford colleagues, for awakening Amy's interest in Africa,
its history and potential. Dr. Jackson was advisor to Amy
on her Honors Thesis in her final year at Stanford. He spoke
at Amy's memorial service in Newport Beach and was a principal
organizer of the Stanford University memorial service. Dr.
Jackson's most recent book on African-American history will
be published this year.
CAROLE SAMS-HOEMEKE was Amy's close friend at
Stanford University and a sorority sister. Amy respected Carole's
ability to get things done. Great humor and genuine caring
punctuate Caroles organizational abilities and persistence.
In addition to her full professional calendar, Carole is about
to be a first-time mother.
SCOTT MEINERT is a recent law graduate of Willamette
University, following his undergraduate studies at Stanford
University. Consistent with his lifelong interest in athletics
and with his intercollegiate basketball career at Stanford,
Scott plans a career in sports law. Scott loved Amy, understood
her issues and beliefs and shared her respect for the people
Amy was determined to help and to serve. His perspective is
The Biehl family is very excited that these gifted and highly
regarded people have consented to Board service. Each Director
is abundantly qualified; each is completely committed to making
the Foundation a success. Back To The
FOUNDATION TAX STATUS RESOLVED
On February 22, the Amy Biehl Foundation was granted
tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service. Subject
to adherence to federal and state guidelines, the Foundation
can now sanction tax-deductible contributions, in keeping
with certain guidelines.
ˆ A gift made to the Foundation, for which nothing is given
in return, is 100% tax-deductible.
ˆ A gift made to the Foundation, for which something is provided
in return, is tax-deductible only in an amount greater than
the value (fair market) of what is provided in return.
Whereas this summary is oversimplified, it provides a foundation
that can be verified by any contributor to the Foundation.
The Foundation can now commence fund-raising efforts to support
its grants program. Back To The Top
Tangential to the focus of the Amy Biehl Foundation
is the compelling need of Maletsatsi Maceba. She was Amy's
close friend and comrade in the struggle for democratic government
and gender rights in South Africa. She was with Amy when Amy
Amy was a strong advocate of Maletsatsi and a supporter of
her education in the law.
While beyond the scope of the Amy Biehl Foundation, the financial
requirements of Maletsatsi's education are being addressed,
as described in this report by Carole Sams-Hoemeke:
Since August, 1993, I have been working with many sources
to raise funds to assist one of the witnesses to Amy's murder,
a witness whose testimony was critical for the prosecution's
case. Maletsatsi, the woman in question, has been forced to
leave her township and family to live in protective housing
at the University of Western Cape because of her testimony
and participation in the trial of Amy's murderers. Nonetheless,
she has stood by her testimony, putting her own life in danger
to bring justice to the death of her white friend--extraordinary
and inspiring in a land on the verge of cultural and political
Many direct and indirect threats have been made on Maletsatsi's
life, threats that are being taken very seriously. The USIS,
the USIA in Washington and the University of Western Cape
have all worked together to provide Maletsatsi with safe housing
and protective transportation anywhere that she goes. She
is attempting to continue her studies and has one year until
completion. She is also working to assist with the upcoming
provincial elections. Maletsatsi then plans to go to law school
and become a prosecuting attorney.
As I've called various resources on this quest to assist
this friend, I have been impressed by the extent to which
people have made themselves available to help me. Some were
touched personally, because they knew Amy. Others were touched
by the story and were hopeful to assist in support of the
democratic process. All have been impressed with the efforts
of Maletsatsi and the other witnesses to bring justice to
their community, even at the risk if their own safety.
One person who has given a great deal of his own time on
Maletsatsi's behalf is Doug Robison, a Stanford classmate.
His efforts inspired the Palo Alto-University Rotary Club
to establish a scholarship in Amy's memory, the Scholarship
of International Peace and Understanding. Maletsatsi has been
awarded this scholarship for two years. These monies sponsored
her for two months worth of housing and transportation at
Many others opened doors for me. The director of the Global
Fund for Women, a SF group, introduced me to several foundations
and individuals, including the Ford Foundation, and opened
the door for dialogue with these groups. The World Affairs
Council in SF also offered suggestions for possible funding
sources. A reporter for KPIX in San Francisco who has been
to South Africa and met Maletsatsi, provided great ideas for
how to approach some of these resources. The list goes on
I think Amy would be glad to see that people are talking
and working together on behalf of others. She herself was
attempting to find financial support for Maletsatsi's educational
pursuits prior to her death because she believed that this
young woman could make a difference.
Moreover, the anonymous gift of an Oregon family contributes
each calendar quarter to Maletsatsi's legal education in the
hope that "...she will fulfill Amy's dream for her. Back
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"INSIDE THE STRUGGLE: THE AMY
This carefully-prepared documentary-produced by the
family in cooperation with ABC News "Turning Point"
was recently awarded the Alfred I. Dupont/Columbia Journalism
award for distinguished television journalism. Described by
presenter Tom Brokaw (NBC News) as the "..Pulitzer of
television", the award was the only such recognition
given a television news magazine-formatted program. Back
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So many people and organizations continue to provide
vital support and encouragement to the Foundation, it is impossible
to acknowledge every-one. However, certain contributions of
service and assistance have been invaluable to the Foundation's
progress and must be noted. Back To
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS
Our travel link with South Africa would not have been
possible without the constant support of this wonderful 61
year-old airline and its caring people. Each time travel to
South Africa has been required, management of South African
Airways has extended itself to make the journey possible.
Throughout its system, S.A.A. employees have provided us with
an incredible level of service and consideration and we hope
that any friends of the Foundation will fly S.A.A. to and
from South Africa whenever possible. U.S. Reservation number
is 1-800-722-9675. Back To The Top
Now a travel partner with S.A.A., our friends at American
Airlines, particularly Geoff Gregor and the outstanding Admiral's
Club crew at Orange County, have been generous almost to the
level of embarrassment in support of our travel. Our years
of loyalty to American are continually reinforced by the caring
attention of its senior people. Back To The Top
FREESA DEVELOPMENT FUND FOR SOUTH
Our continuing gratitude goes to FREESA, who, in March,
made a grant of $5000 in memory of Amy Biehl to ThAM (The
Ecumenical Action Ministries/Cape Town, South Africa). ThAM
has developed a project to create a worker-managed clothing
factory that would enable both the organization and its participating
women to become economically self-sufficient. We hope to continue
a close working relationship with FREESA in the future and
value its insight into the South African situation. Back
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NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTE
FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
At its prestigious Harriman awards dinner at the Omni Shoreham
Hotel on March 1st, the National Democratic Institute made
special mention of Amy's contributions to South Africa's democracy.
Linda Biehl joined a large and distinguished gathering in
Washington, D.C. for the occasion, at a table hosted by Maurice
Tempelsman. Back To The Top
This Indianapolis-based order of sisters recently honored
Amy in its "The Woman's Prayer Companion" which
celebrates the ordinary and not-so ordinary joys and sorrows
women share in the seasons of their lives, as well as celebrating
women of inspiration from Biblical to present times. Amy is
celebrated on August 25, the day of her death. Back To The Top
SKI HARRISON (RUTAN & TUCKER)
A great friend of the Foundation and of the Biehl family,
Ski Harrison contributed all of the legal work required to
incorporate the Foundation and to acquire its tax-exempt status.
The value of this service to the Foundation is considerable
and permits us to reserve our financial resources for grant
purposes. Back To The Top
Our friend Bismarck Myrick who, as Consul-General of
the United States in Cape Town, has been of continuing and
gracious assistance to family and Foundation is sworn-in as
Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom
of Lesotho on March 24 in Washington. We congratulate Ambassador
Myrick on his appointment and thank him for his support of
foundation efforts in the Cape Region. Back
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GLOBAL PARTNERS (LOS ANGELES, JOHANNESBURG)
In a great gesture of support and goodwill, Muhtadia
Rice of Global Partners recently announced that the Foundation
will be principal beneficiary of the proceeds from sale of
official South Africa election ballots, to be marketed worldwide.
Acquired from the Mandela government at auction, the ballots
are a powerful and colorful symbol of the cherished South
African democracy for which Amy gave her life.
Available framed or unframed, these official election ballots
are available by contacting the Foundation (FAX 714-645-0330)
or Global Partners (1-800-777 VOTE). We are grateful to
Global Partners for its contribution of a percentage of all
ballot sales to the Amy Biehl Foundation. Back
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SECOND ANNUAL CELEBRATORY CONCERT
Set in the incomparable "City by the Bay",
the second annual celebratory concert will be held on April
27 at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall.
Thanks to the generous assistance and support of the Great
American Music Hall (a landmark concert hall since 1907) and
General Manager, Claire Pister, a great evening is ensured.
It promises to be a second great gathering of friends of Amy
and supporters of the Foundation.
Artists are being confirmed as we go to press, but we promise
a full evening of top bands from both the Bay Area and L.A.,
with some possible celebrity cameos for good measure.
Approximately 650 concert tickets will be available, so we
encourage everyone to reserve early because a sellout is automatic.
Newsletter recipients will be given first opportunity to reserve
tickets for the concert and/or the dinner that will precede
it. This first opportunity will be held open until April 14,
1995. Reservations may be faxed to the Foundation at 714-645-0330
using the form at the conclusion of this newsletter.
A commemorative T-shirt will be produced for the event and
can be ordered by mail or purchased at the door. Once again,
the T-shirt will be designed by artist Eric Drageset and underwritten
by friends Rita Falkstein and Bruce Messerinan.
A poster commemorating the event will also be offered.
Official South African election ballots may be ordered by
mail or purchased at the door.
Assistance with hotel reservations is available by faxing
the Foundation at 714-645-0330. Blocks of rooms in some of
San Francisco's great hotels have been set aside at special
rates. Spend an incomparable evening and a beautiful weekend
in the "City by the Bay".
We look forward to welcoming as many Foundation friends as
possible for this important event.
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