In the 1990s First Presbyterian received a sizeable gift from the estate of
Walter and Belle Becker. The congregation spent time in prayer, reflection,
and discussion about what to do with this money, which was donated for
unrestricted use. The result was the creation of the Becker Fund. All but a
small percentage of the interest from the investments made with this bequest
is used for seed money and grants to non-profit organizations seeking to
serve the humanitarian needs of others both locally and around the world. In
addition, two scholarships are awarded annually to graduating high-school
seniors who are members of Little Falls churches and have excelled
academically and in service to their church and community.

In an average year, the Becker Fund disburses about $45,000 in scholarships
and grants. An up-to-date list of organizations, projects, and programs we
support is available in the church narthex. Some causes that have received
continuing support are listed below:

On Point for College (
Randall Shea’s mission in Guatemala (
The Herkimer County Drug Treatment Court
Hope House in Utica (
Little Falls Community Outreach
The Walter and Belle L. Becker Fund
Kaith Davy
scholarship check.