BCF Honoring John Callahan 

Benton Community Foundation is honored to memorialize John Callahan who touched so many lives in our community. The family will be honoring John’s legacy with an Endowed Scholarship Fund. Memorial donations may be made to Benton Community Foundation. BCF will hold your donation in a temporarily restricted fund until the Endowed Scholarship Fund proposed by John’s family is finalized. Once established, your donation will be transferred to this fund. In the event a fund is not established in memory of John, your donation will be an unrestricted memorial gift. All donations to BCF are tax deductible to the full extent of applicable law. Donations may be made online or may be made to Benton Community Foundation at PO Box 911, Corvallis, OR 97339. Please make checks out to Benton Community Foundation and in the memo field note “Callahan Memorial Gift.”

 BCF Featured Fund: Corvallis Community Band


CCB's Summer Concert in the Park Series

 BCF is very excited to partner with the Corvallis Community Band to support their organization in perpetuity.  Did you know, the Corvallis Community Band hosts a free summer concert series, provides a place for home schooled students to participate in band, and participates in community outreach programs to enrich young musicians?  Click here to learn more about the Corvallis Community Band, and click here to learn more about the different gifting vehicles you can use to support our community.

BCF Hot off the Press!

BCF was pleased to announce our 2015 Grant and Scholarship awards in the Gazette Times on Tuesday, August 3rd!  In addition to listing the grant and scholarship awards, this four page insert provides more information about our funds and a tribute to the generous donors who have committed to giving back to the community through BCF.  If you missed the article in the Gazette Times, feel free to stop by our office to pick up a copy for yourself, or visit the our Grants and Funds page to learn more!

 Spotlight Funding Opportunity: Meeting the ever-changing community needs through an Unrestricted Gift

BCF Funding OpportunitiesYour unrestricted gift addresses a broad range of local needs—including future needs that often cannot be anticipated at the time your gift is made. We evaluate all aspects of community well-being: building capacity of social service networks; economic development; education; and more. The flexibility of your unrestricted gift enables BCF to respond to the community's most pressing needs, today and tomorrow.

Because you set no restrictions on the use of your gift, it enables our experienced board of directors and program staff to apply your gift where it is needed most. Unrestricted gifts help BCF support long-term solutions; respond quickly to emergencies; and meet changing social, cultural, educational, or economic needs in our local community.

How it works:

You make an unrestricted gift to BCF during your lifetime or through a bequest in your will or trust. Your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent of the law in the year in which it was made.

Our professional board of directors and program staff determine the most pressing need for use of your gift.

For gifts of $15,000 or more, you many establish a named fund in your name or the name of someone you wish to honor. Further, if you elect to endow your fund, your gift becomes a permanent source of community capital. The fund is invested over time and the earnings are used to address local needs. Grants made from your fund are made in the name of your fund, creating a lasting legacy in your name, or the name of someone you wish to honor.

To learn more about how establishing a fund with BCF makes a difference in our community, please contact Jennifer Morris, jennifer@bcfgives.org.

 BCF Updates

BCF has recently elected Julie Manning, APR & CFRE, to join our Board of Directors, for more information about our Board, please click here.

BCF is pleased to announce that violin performer Christopher Scherer is the 2015 winner of the $15,000 Petri Music Scholarship competition. Scherer is a graduate of North Medford High School, and is currently studying at the Carnegie Mellon University. Scherer intends to use the funds to finish his Master's degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Advanced Music Studies.

BCF is honored to be the recipient of a $40,000 bequest from the family and estate of Col. Frank Halm. This bequest will support the Col. Frank & Dorothy E. Halm Memorial Scholarship which provides scholarships for Air Force ROTC students at OSU’s Aerospace Studies Department.

Including a charitable bequest in your will is a simple way to make a lasting gift to our community. When you make this gift through BCF, we establish a special fund that benefits the community forever and becomes your personal legacy of giving.

BCF Volunteer Opportunities

VolunteerSince 1953 BCF has been sustainable by the generosity of our gracious community members who have volunteered their valuable time and energy!   Until 1999 BCF was supported 100% by volunteers, and in 2012 BCF hired the first President and CEO, and as of today BCF now has a team of 4 employees, 12 volunteer Board of Directors, and countless volunteers in the community who help BCF achieve the mission.  From our initial fund balance of $2,500 to our current assets of over $18 million we have grown quite a bit, and BCF wouldn't be where we are at today without our volunteers, it truly is our community's volunteers who put the "community" in Benton Community Foundation.  BCF is expanding once again and there are quite a few volunteer opportunities we invite you to participate in!

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Community Education and Event Participation – helping to educate people on the many available opportunities in our community and expanding philanthropy throughout the community
  • Scholarships & Grant Awards Cycle – participating in the review and selection of charities and students seeking grants and scholarships through our competitive cycle
  • Office interns

For more information about volunteer opportunities within BCF, please contact Jennifer Morris, Development Officer at (541) 753-1603 or jennifer@bcfgives.org. To become a volunteer, complete this form and send to jennifer@bcfgives.org.



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We've been investing in our community through philanthropy since 1953!  

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Benton Community Foundation
PO Box 911
Corvallis, OR 97339