Benton County Foundation

Commission to create a series of artworks for the Benton Community Foundation’s Third Annual Philanthropic Achievement Awards

Deadline: July 20, 2022

What:   Call for Artwork Awards:  One artist will be commissioned to create a series of artworks for the Benton Community Foundation’s Fourth Annual Philanthropic Achievement Awards.

The selected Artist will receive $3500, promotion by the foundation as the award creator, and an invitation to the Philanthropic Awards Luncheon, Friday, November 9, 2022.

Dates to Remember
Wednesday, July 20, 2022,
5 pm
Deadline to submit application and designs
August 12, 2021Notifications Sent
September/OctoberPhotos or Video taken of the selected artist
November 1, 2022Deadline for completed works to be delivered at Benton County Foundation
November 9, 2022, 12 pmEvent Luncheon

The Benton Community Foundation (BCF) instituted Philanthropy Awards to be awarded in honor of National Philanthropy Day, at an awards luncheon event to be held, Wednesday, November 9, 2021. To stress the importance of the arts in our community BCF commissions artwork as the physical award. 

(Pictured: Jerri Bartholomew, 2021 Artist Award Maker)

A BCF selection committee will select one artist to create 10 free standing glass, wood, ceramic or metal artworks to this year’s Philanthropic Achievement Awards.

  • We welcome all Oregon artists working in glass, ceramic, wood and metal media, 18 years or older to apply. NOTE: Artists living or working in Benton County will receive one extra criteria point in the selection process.
  • We encourage a diverse selection of artists to apply, including artists from traditionally or currently underserved communities including (but is not limited to): artists from rural communities, emerging artists, artists from communities of color, LGBTQ+, artists who are self-taught. 
  • We welcome artists regardless of citizenship status, color, familial status, gender identity or expression, religious observance, sex, sexual orientation, and sources or level of income. 

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.

For access accommodations needed to support applying for this opportunity, please contact Curator, Hester Coucke and/or call 541-754-1551, Ext. 658. Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 2 pm. 

Artists are invited to submit a design of artwork that can be executed as 10 very similar works and exemplify the artist’s best work. 

  • While it will serve as an award, it should not have any traditional award-like features.
  • Because the artwork is handcrafted it is understood that there will be minor differences.
  • The size of the freestanding sculptural work should be roughly 6x6x6 inches, suitable for display on a desk or office counter/credenza.
  • The work can be made out of wood, clay, glass or metal (or combination thereof).
  • Artists should familiarize themselves with attached background information on the Benton Community Foundation and inception of these Philanthropic Achievement Awards.
  • A Benton Community Foundation Selection Committee will determine the artist to receive this award.

Submissions must include:

  • Name and Contact Information:  Address, Email & Telephone Number
  • Short bio (no more than ½ page or 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 (500 character max.) about the value of equity, and why you want to create an object that represents the mission and values of the Benton Community Foundation, as well as the purpose of the award itself:  
    • 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

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

Send award design submissions to Hester Coucke.

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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