Call for Art

BFC 5th Annual Philanthropic Achievement Awards 

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 19, 2023

One Oregon artist will be commissioned to create a series of artworks for the Benton Community Foundation’s 5th Annual Philanthropic Achievement Awards. The selected Artist will receive $4,000.00, professional promotion from the Benton Community Foundation and an invitation to the Philanthropic Awards Event, Thursday, November 9, 2023.

A BCF selection committee will choose one Oregon artist to create 10 similar original artworks for this year’s Philanthropic Achievement Awards.

Rinee Merritt, 2022 Artist Award Maker

The Benton Community Foundation (BCF) instituted Philanthropy Awards to be awarded in honor of National Philanthropy Day, at an awards event to be held Thursday, November 9, 2023.

To stress the importance of the arts in our community, each year BCF commissions artwork as the physical award. 

A BCF selection committee will choose one Oregon artist to create 10 free standing works of art to be presented at this year’s Philanthropic Achievement Awards.

Awards will be provided in the following categories

  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
  • Outstanding Volunteer Group
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Business
  • Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Fundraising Professional
  • Outstanding Innovative Project of Program 
  • BCF Board of Director’s Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Achievement

Submissions must include

  • Name and Contact Information:  Address, Email & Telephone Number
  • Short bio (maximum of 500 characters) 
  • 5 digital images (high quality jpeg or pdf no larger than 5MB) of similar past works with dimensions and material
  • Design Proposal that includes description, dimensions, and photo or sketch(es) of proposed design in a jpg or pdf format
  • A short statement (maximum of 500 characters) about the value of equity, and why you want to create an object that represents the mission and values of the Benton Community Foundation.
    • MISSON:  To enhance our community through philanthropy.
    • VISION:  We envision a future where:
      • We further the aspirations of children, youth and families
      • We invest in resilient and healthy communities
      • We protect cherished resources for future generations

Oregon artists (18 or older) working in any media are welcome to apply. NOTE: Artists living or working in Benton County will receive one extra criteria point in the selection process.

A diverse selection of artists are encouraged to apply, including artists from traditionally excluded communities including, but not limited to artists from: rural communities, emerging artists, artists from communities of color, LGBTQ+, artists who are self-taught. 

All artists are welcome regardless of citizenship status, color, familial status, gender identity or expression, religious observance, sex, sexual orientation, and sources or level of income. 

For access accommodations needed to support applying for this opportunity, please email Curator, Jennie Castle,

Dates to Remember
Wednesday, July 19, 2023,
11:59 PM
Deadline to submit application and designs
Friday, August 4, 2023Chosen Artist will be notified
September/OctoberPromotional materials (photos or video) created about the selected artist
Wednesday, November 1, 2023Completed works delivered at Benton County Foundation
Thursday, November 9, 2023
5:30 – 7:30 PM
5th Annual PAA Awards Event at the OSU Alumni Center

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.

Philanthropic Achievement Awards

On November 12, 2021, the Benton Community Foundation (BCF) will host the third National Philanthropy Day Celebration and awards luncheon. This celebration is intended to showcase the hard work of our talented, generous community and honor the people and organizations who volunteer, donate, and inspire others to create a bright future for all Benton County residents.

BCF was founded in 1953 by members of the Corvallis Rotary Club who wanted to build a better future for children and families in Benton County. The Foundation began with a contribution of $1,000 and received its first major bequest in 1957 “to assist, encourage, and promote the welfare and well-being of youth residing in the vicinity of Benton County, Oregon.”  

More than 67 years later, community members work with BCF to support the causes they are most passionate about. To date, the Foundation holds more than $21 million in assets and has awarded more than $9 million in grants and scholarships. Through its continued reinvestment in local communities BCF is focused on improving the lives of the people who live, work, and play in Benton County.  

To honor those people who further our mission of enhancing our community through philanthropy, the Benton Community Foundation will host the Philanthropic Achievement Awards on November 12, to align with “National Philanthropy Day” established by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. The purpose of National Philanthropy Day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy – and those who are active in the philanthropy community – to the enrichment of our world.  

The word philanthropy comes from the Greek word philanthropia which translates into “kindliness, humanity, benevolence, love to mankind.” Those who practice philanthropy in Benton County are linked to the broader community by sharing their time, talents, and treasure in support of building a stronger community together.  Giving back in local communities teaches people of all ages and backgrounds compassion and understanding. 

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