2021 Philanthropic Achievement Awards
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.
Nominations are currently open for the 2021 awards event. Download a nomination form below and submit it by April 28th.
Nominate a Philanthropist
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.
2020 Recipient: Alice Rampton (pictured)
2019 Recipients: Ann Smart and Ken Johnson
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.
2020 Recipient: Kappa Alpha Theta (pictured)
2019 Recipient: Raider Royalty Students at Crescent Valley High School
Outstanding Fundraising Professional
This award recognizes a local development professional who has pursued ambitious ideas and successfully inspired and engaged others in philanthropy.
2020 Recipient: Jessica McDonald, Greenbelt Land Trust
2019 Recipient: Kate Caldwell, Old Mill Center for Children & Families (pictured)
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.
2020 Recipient: The Power of 100 People Who Care (pictured)
2019 Recipient: Benton Habitat for Humanity Home Repair Initiative
Outstanding Volunteer Group
This award recognizes a collective volunteer effort that has proven effective in moving community programs and projects forward.
2020 Recipient: Assistance League of Corvallis (pictured)
2019 Recipients: Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and Benton County Museum team leaders
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.
2020 Recipient: Starker Forests, Inc.
2019 Recipient: Samaritan Health Services (pictured)
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.
2020 Recipient: John and Shirley Byrne (pictured)
2019 Recipient: Clifford and Jo Anne Trow
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.
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