Welcome to BCF’s new Board members

The staff and volunteers at BCF extend our deepest gratitude to two outgoing Board members who concluded their service to the Foundation at the end of 2020: John Turman served more than seven years on the BCF Board, and Dave Gazeley served nine years, including as Board chair in 2014. Thank you John and Dave!

We’re also very excited to welcome three new incoming Board members in 2021:

Thomas L. Gallagher, Jr.

Tom was born in Corvallis and graduated from Fairplay Grade School, Corvallis High School, Oregon State University, and Harvard Law School. He retired after practicing law for more than 45 years. Tom is an active community volunteer. His service has included serving as president of the Rotary Club of Corvallis, president of Corvallis Caring Place, board chair of the Academy for Lifelong Learning, and board member of Community Outreach, Inc. Tom is currently president of the Benton County Historical Society. He married his wife Pat shortly after they graduated from OSU. They lived in various parts of the country prior to returning to Corvallis in 1981. They have an adult son and two granddaughters.

Tony Lapiz

Born in California and growing up in Alaska, Tony was the first in his family to attend college. He now works as the Legislative Director for Oregon Secretary of State Secretary Semia Fagan. He joined the Secretary of State’s team after advocating for the more than 70,000 frontline essential workers as part of the Service Employees International Union Local 503. Tony’s commitment to public service has spanned more than government work, from volunteering at his local library in middle school to serving seven years in the Army National Guard. Tony holds a B.S. in kinesiology and political science from Humboldt State University and a Master’s in Public Health from Oregon State University. He has served on state and local boards, including the Linn-Benton Community College Board of Education. He is passionate about bringing an intersectional lens to policy development and in his free time enjoys listening to music, spending time with friends, and binging the occasional show or two.

Alicia Ritter

Alicia has a 30-year career in public relations, working primarily for clients who operate in the public good or with a social purpose—education, healthcare and community development. She’s founded and grown two public relations agencies, and been an owner of an independent PR firm before selling to Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide where she was Managing Director. For nearly a decade, Alicia has been consulting with CEOs, boards and senior executives on the use of strategic communication to enhance an organization’s reputation and external positioning, and to support its public policy, marketing and fund development goals. In 2018, Alicia relocated to Corvallis from Idaho for enhanced quality of life, to be closer to her Tillamook coast family, and to attend OSU sporting events. She serves on Oregon State University Foundation’s Beaver Caucus Board which advocates for higher education funding; is a member of the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis; and served on the BCF Development Committee.

Welcome to BCF’s new Director of Philanthropic Gifts: Lisa Kaufmann

The Benton Community Foundation is excited to announce the hiring of Lisa Kaufmann for the position of Director of Philanthropic Gifts.

Lisa brings substantial experience in both nonprofit development and community programming, including twelve years at Autism Tree Project Foundation in San Diego, California, where she helped grow the nonprofit from a small start-up to an organization that serves thousands of families annually.

As the Director of Philanthropic Gifts at BCF, Lisa will steward the Foundation’s fundholders, promote local philanthropy, and connect donors to the causes they’re passionate about.

Welcome, Lisa!

Want to connect with Lisa? Click here to send an email.

More news at the Foundation

2021 Philanthropic Achievement Awards

Nominate a donor, volunteer group, business, fundraising professional, or innovative project for a philanthropy award! Nominations are open now. Click here to download the one-page nomination form.

Community grant applications now open

The 2021 Community Grant Cycle is now open. Applications are being accepted through a new online portal. Click here to apply online.

Two new funds recently established at BCF

BCF is honored to announce the opening of two new funds so far in 2021:

In January, the Major General Julie Bentz ROTC Scholarship was established by Michael T. Rainbolt to honor General Bentz, the highest-ranking woman in the Oregon Army National Guard. The fund will support ROTC students at Oregon State University and Western Oregon University.

This month, the Susan Poole Community Leadership Fund was established by Robert Poole, to honor Susan’s extraordinary philanthropic contributions to our local communities. The fund will support the operational capacity of BCF.

We are truly grateful for these new funds and look forward to stewarding them for the community!

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