Suraj Kulkarni, recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist

Philanthropic Achievement Awards

Thank you to everyone who joined the Benton Community Foundation for the third-annual Philanthropic Achievement Awards! We’re deeply grateful to the recipients, nominators, sponsors, and community members who came together to celebrate the spirit of giving back.

If you missed the event, you can still catch the broadcast online here. You can read the Gazette-Times’s report about the awards here and see a complete list of recipients here.

Nominations for the 2022 awards are right around the corner! Who will you nominate for their outstanding contributions to philanthropy? Check back soon for nomination forms!

Planning for the future

The Benton Community Foundation Board of Directors and staff met in July to revisit BCF’s seven-year strategic plan, originally approved in 2019. The Foundation is measuring progress and reviewing long-term goals, and exciting updates are on the way about what’s coming next from your Community Foundation!

Read the BCF mission, vision, values, and statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

BCF 2020 Annual Report

Read about the Benton Community Foundation’s philanthropic efforts in 2020, including the COVID-19 Response Fund, the second-annual Philanthropic Achievement Awards, and the amazing work being done by local nonprofits, students, and community members.

Read the report.

Recently at BCF

2021 Scholarships

This fall, BCF disbursed a total $233,400 to 72 students attending college at Oregon State University, Linn-Benton Community College, Western Oregon University, and beyond! These students were supported by 70 endowed scholarship funds, some of which were established as recently as last year and some of which have been funding future leaders for decades.

Click here to learn more about establishing a scholarship fund at BCF.

New BCF funds in 2021

This year, the following new funds have been established at the Benton Community Foundation. Thank you to the donors and community organizations who have made this possible!

  • Clifford A. and Gay L. Hall Community Grant Fund
  • Irene Zenev Museum Endowment Fund
  • James S. & Cheryl L. Jordan Donor Advised Fund
  • Major General Julie Bentz ROTC Scholarship
  • Marys River Lodge No 221 William E. McCoy III Scholarship
  • Michael T. & Burmah A. Rainbolt Donor Advised Fund
  • Michael T. & Burmah A. Rainbolt Honoring Veterans and Patriots Capital Fund
  • Sims Family Charitable Fund
  • Strengthening Rural Families Agency Fund
  • Susan Poole Community Leadership Fund
  • Vina Moses Center Agency Fund
  • Wilma E. Hull SouthSide Youth Outreach Fund

2021 Designated Fund Grants

Designated Funds are endowments that make annual grants to one or more specific charities, specified by the donor. In 2021, BCF granted more than $330,000 from 46 different funds to 49 local organizations. Learn more about how Designated Funds support our community in perpetuity.

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Mission

To enhance our community through philanthropy.

Vision

We envision a future where we further the aspirations of children, youth and families; we invest in resilient and healthy communities; and we protect cherished resources for future generations.

Values

We value integrity, respect, innovation, excellent stewardship, collaboration, and equity in our grant making. Most of all, we honor the trust placed in us by respecting our donors’ wishes.