On November 15th, 2019, at the OSU CH2MHill Alumni Center, the Benton Community Foundation (BCF) will host our first 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 65 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 15th, which was designated as “National Philanthropy Day” 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.

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