The William Averette Anderson Fund -- often referred to as the Bill Anderson Fund (BAF) -- is a national non-profit organization whose goal is to increase the number of African Americans and members of other underrepresented groups in professional hazard and disaster mitigation careers. We do this by providing workshops and other experiences that facilitate a successful graduate school experience. African-American and other minority representation in hazard and disaster mitigation is very important. Research has shown that racial and ethnic minorities often have increased difficulty evacuating prior to a crisis and are more likely to experience disproportionate physical and financial loss during disasters. Our focus now is on students who are already enrolled in graduate school. We will soon introduce undergraduate students as well to career opportunities in hazard and disaster mitigation. The Fund is dedicated to the work done by and the legacy of William Anderson who passed away in 2013.