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Investing in our community through philanthropy
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2020 Philanthropic Achievement Awards

 
Call for nominations
Nominations for the 2020 Philanthropic Achievement Awards are now open! The 2020 event, celebrating National Philanthropy Day in November, will again feature seven categories, recognizing youth philanthropy, local businesses, nonprofit professionals, volunteerism, and more. Read more about this year's event and download a nomination form here. Nominations are due April 30, 2020.
 
Become a sponsor
Sponsorships help reduce the cost of the awards event for our guests and are a great way to market your business to philanthropists and community members. Each sponsorship package includes a table at the awards luncheon in November, as well as a variety of publicity opportunities. Review the sponsor levels and recognition opportunities here.

Highlights from 2019

Thank you for your support of the Benton Community Foundation's mission of enhancing communities through philanthropy! We are grateful for your partnership during a busy and exciting 2019, and we are looking forward to making a big impact in 2020.
In 2019, the Benton Community Foundation disbursed more than $840,000 to a total 94 local organizations and educational institutions. Here's where that funding came from:
 Designated Endowments
Funds are directed to a specific charity or charities, based on instructions from the fund's original donor.

 Scholarships
Awards support seniors graduating from Benton County high schools, as well as current students at Oregon State University.

 Community Grants
Grants awarded as a result of the 2019 competitive grant cycle.
 
 Community Initiatives
Youth Career Exploration Initiative awarded to the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, and Lagestee Rural Initiative awarded to Strengthening Rural Families.

 Donor-Advised Funds
Grants made from DAFs are based on recommendations from current fundholders.

 Agency Endowments
Funds are established by local nonprofits to create sustained annual revenue.
Also in 2019, local community members opened five new funds at the Benton Community Foundation. Each of these will make a critical impact for local children and families. These funds include the Allen & Jean Peters Community Grant Fund, the Fred & Mary Brauti Donor Advised Fund, and the Vincent B. Roberts Family Fund.

New and outgoing Directors

We are excited to welcome two new Directors to the BCF Board: Albany superintendent Melissa Goff and Corvallis-area attorney Justin Wirth are bringing their expertise on education and law to the Foundation. We are grateful for their continued dedication to this area, and we look forward to working with them to enhance our communities through philanthropy!

We also wish to say thank you to our two outgoing Directors, Alan Lanker and Gerry Kosanovic. Alan began his Board service in 2014, served as the Foundation's Treasurer in 2018, and will be refocusing his "spare" time with the Bar Association. Gerry joined the Board in 2013, served as Secretary and Board Chair, and is now taking on new responsibilities as the Rotary District Governor.

We are grateful for their prudent stewardship of the Foundation and wish them both the best of luck in their future endeavors!
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