Addressing emerging needs:

Seniu Maitland committed suicide in his family home on May 31, 2016. Seniu was only 18 years old, a senior at Crescent Valley High School. Although this tragedy shook the community, Seniu’s death was not an isolated incident. According to the Oregon Health Authority, Seniu’s death was at least the 13th youth suicide in the state this year.

In an effort to stem this tide, BCF has joined forces with Samaritan Health Services, the Mullins Foundation, and Corvallis Rotary to secure and distribute a mental health “app” throughout the community. The app may be downloaded without cost on a mobile phone and is user friendly. The warning signs of depression are clearly displayed on the app as are links for immediate help.

Although the app will be available to everyone, the first wave of distribution efforts will be targeting school age children.

For more information about the mental health app, contact Commissioner Anne Schuster at:

To make a donation in support of the mental health app, send your check payable to the Benton Community Foundation, PO Box 911, Corvallis, OR  97330.  Be sure to write "mental health app" in the memo line. 

The Corvallis Community Band Endowment Fund

Its summer!!! Every Tuesday evening in Central Park in Corvallis, you can enjoy the sweet sounds of the Corvallis Community Band for no charge!  The Band has been a town fixture since the 1920’s.  

Support your community band by clicking the "Donate Now" button and selecting the Corvallis Community Band from the drop down menu.


New Law Makes IRA Rollover Permanent

Individuals age 70 ½ and older may make IRA Charitable Rollover gifts up to $100,000 per year without incurring tax on the withdrawal. This benefit is available to all taxpayers regardless of whether they itemize their deductions.  If you are required to take an annual minimum distribution (AMD), but do not need the income, consider rolling your AMD over to BCF!

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BCF awards $567,488 as of July 31, 2016

By mid-year, BCF has completed  much of its  annual grant making.  Distributions are made to charities named as beneficiaries in funds.  Grants are issued to the successful applicants of our annual competitive grants cycle, and students receiving scholarship awards are notified so that payment may be made upon proof of enrollment. Only donor recommended grants from Donor Advised Funds are made year round. 

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds allows you to organize all your charitable activities through one expertly managed and cost effective charitable vehicle. Your Donor Advised Fund enables you to be actively involved in promoting your personal philanthropic vision.


Why give through BCF

We are a local organization with deep roots in this community and have been partnering with donors like you since 1953. We value integrity, respect and innovation; excellent stewardship; and, equity in our grant making.  Most of all, we honor the trust placed in us by respecting our donors’ wishes.  We provide a highly personalized service tailored to your charitable and financial interests.  We will connect you with the causes that matter most to you and help you create your own personal legacy.


BCF is seeking a new President/CEO!

This is a highly visible, full-time, position.  The successful applicant will have full authority, discretion and accountability for directing and managing all Foundation operations to achieve the expectations of the Board and to accomplish Foundation goals. The primary focus of the role is to attract new major donors and fund holders for BCF, thereby expanding the capacity for grant making and impact across the region. To read the full job description, click here.