2020 Philanthropic Achievement Awards

November 13, 2020 • 12:00 – 12:45 PM • Online broadcast

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About the awards

The Benton Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Achievement Awards brings together nonprofit leaders, business leaders, and community members to recognize outstanding achievements in philanthropy in Benton County.

The event showcases the hard work of our talented, generous community, and celebrates the people and organizations that volunteer, donate, and inspire others to create a bright future for families and children.


Award Categories

Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist

This award recognizes an individual or group that has improved the community and increased opportunities for others through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteerism, and/or philanthropic leadership. Individuals age 30 or younger are eligible.

2019 Recipient: Raider Royalty Students at Crescent Valley High School

2019 Outstanding Philanthropic Business: Samaritan Health Services

Outstanding Philanthropic Business

This award recognizes a community-minded business that, through its foundation, grant-making and/or employee involvement, commits significant resources to assist local organizations in meeting community needs.

2019 Recipient: Samaritan Health Services

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

This award recognizes a volunteer who motivates others to give, commits time and energy without compensation, and shows talent for fundraising strategy, relationship building, and successful resource development.

2019 Recipients: Ann Smart and Ken Johnson

Outstanding Fundraising Professional

This award recognizes a local development professional who has pursued ambitious ideas and successfully inspired and engaged others in philanthropy.

2019 Recipient: Kate Caldwell, Old Mill Center for Children & Families

Outstanding Volunteer Group

This award recognizes a collective volunteer effort that has proven effective in moving community programs and projects forward.

2019 Recipients: Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and Benton County Museum team leaders

2019 Outstanding Innovative Project or Program: Habitat for Humanity Home Repair Initiative

Outstanding Innovative Project or Program

This award recognizes exceptional innovation and creativity in a recent (past 3 to 5 years) charitable project. Innovation may be in terms of design, public involvement, and/or overall impact.

2019 Recipient: Benton Habitat for Humanity Home Repair Initiative

2019 Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Achievement: Clifford and Jo Anne Trow

BCF Board of Directors’ Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Achievement

This award recognizes an exceptional individual or family whose philanthropic leadership has made significant positive impact on the community.

2019 Recipient: Clifford and Jo Anne Trow

Become a 2020 event sponsor

The Philanthropic Achievement Awards event honors the incredible range of talent and generosity in our region. Sponsorships help reduce the ticket price for our guests and ensure an accessible, inclusive event for everyone dedicated to improving our communities.

Sponsorships begin at $1,000 and include a table of 8. You can choose to seat your business team or donate the seats to your favorite nonprofit. View the sponsor levels.

National Philanthropy Day

November 15th was first recognized as National Philanthropy Day by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. Since then, charitable organizations across the United States and throughout the world have designated November 15th as a day to honor their neighbors’ investment of time, talent, and financial resources.

The Benton Community Foundation is excited to bring this celebration to Benton County. We know donors and volunteers don’t give back in order to be recognized, but we think it’s important to highlight the outstanding contributions being made every day to our communities. We are grateful for our generous neighbors, and we look forward to honoring what you do.

Photos courtesy Jodi B Herrling Photography

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