BCF Newsletter


Clemens Community Pool

October 2018

On October 17, 2018, the Benton Community Foundation announced a major gift of $734,000 from the Philomath Community Pool Fund to the Clemens Community Pool in Philomath. This transformational gift will fund essential repairs and upgrades needed to keep the pool open and operating for another decade. The endowed fund was established 25 years ago by the Nitka family to maintain a pool for the greater Philomath community.

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Thank you from the South Benton Community Enhancement Association

September 2018

In May, BCF distributed more than $86,000 in community grants to local agencies. We were excited this year to fund Art in the Park, an art program for kids operated by the South Benton Community Enhancement Association. The kids made some thank you cards, and we wanted to pass along their gratitude to all of BCF’s supporters!  

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Upcoming efforts in rural Benton County

August 2018

This year, the Benton Community Foundation is working to strengthen our support of programs and services across rural Benton County, from Monroe, Alsea, and Alpine to Philomath, Blodgett, Summit, and all places in between. This fall, our team will be touring programs in those areas to learn more about current projects and how we can best support them.

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Funders Field Day at PHS

July 2018

Thank you to everyone who made our Field Day at Philomath High School such a success! Five area funders joined more than 70 guests representing 37 local nonprofits, for a discussion on how we can continue partnering to support nonprofit efforts across Benton County. 

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Corvallis Public Schools Foundation

June 2018

On May 23rd, BCF presented the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation with $15,000 for the purpose of starting a new youth wellness initiative called “Sources of Strength.” The program will focus on preventing teen suicide by building positive support networks between teachers and students, and students and their peers.

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Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year

April 2018

This spring we’re not sure what’s been more unpredictable…the weather or the financial markets. With our investments holding strong, we're excited to announce that BCF is in the midst of distributing more than $250,000 to local non-profits. These funds are made possible by community members past and present, who have set up endowments for the purpose of preserving important community resources.

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Holcomb Youth Hero Award

November 2017

If you missed the Youth Hero Ceremony, you should know we had a great time celebrating and honoring some amazing youth in our community with a standing-room-only crowd! Billie, Larry, and Linda Holcomb handed out the awards, and a $15,000 check was delivered to Boy Scout Troop 170! Thank you to the Holcomb Family for their generosity and amazing community spirit!

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Holcomb Youth Hero Award

October 2017

Did you know that as many as 1,000 people in Benton County are experiencing homelessness? This year, our donors provided more than $95,000 in funding that purchased a lift for a food bank, supported case management at a women’s shelter, and helped working families who are experiencing homelessness afford childcare.

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