Philanthropic Achievement Awards

Join the Benton Community Foundation on Friday, November 12, 2021 for the third-annual Philanthropic Achievement Awards!

The awards event will broadcast online from 12:00 – 12:30 PM and will celebrate recipients in seven categories, including Outstanding Volunteer Group, Outstanding Philanthropic Business, and the BCF Board of Directors’ Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Achievement.

Register now, or click here to learn more about the event!

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

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
  • 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
  • Susan Poole Community Leadership Fund
  • Vina Moses Center Agency 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.

2020 Community Grants

The BCF Board of Directors recently approved more than $89,000 in community grants, as well as an additional $68,000 for local initiatives. Grants will benefit 17 local organizations.

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To enhance our community through philanthropy.


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.


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.