On October 17, 2018, the Benton Community Foundation announced a major gift of $734,000 from the Philomath Community Pool Fund to the Clemens Community Pool in Philomath. This transformational gift will fund essential repairs and upgrades needed to keep the pool open and operating for another decade. The endowed fund was established 25 years ago by the Nitka family to maintain a pool for the greater Philomath community.
In May, BCF distributed more than $86,000 in community grants to local agencies. We were excited this year to fund Art in the Park, an art program for kids operated by the South Benton Community Enhancement Association. The kids made some thank you cards, and we wanted to pass along their gratitude to all of BCF’s supporters!
This year, the Benton Community Foundation is working to strengthen our support of programs and services across rural Benton County, from Monroe, Alsea, and Alpine to Philomath, Blodgett, Summit, and all places in between. This fall, our team will be touring programs in those areas to learn more about current projects and how we can best support them.
On May 23rd, BCF presented the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation with $15,000 for the purpose of starting a new youth wellness initiative called “Sources of Strength.” The program will focus on preventing teen suicide by building positive support networks between teachers and students, and students and their peers.
This spring we’re not sure what’s been more unpredictable…the weather or the financial markets. With our investments holding strong, we’re excited to announce that BCF is in the midst of distributing more than $250,000 to local non-profits. These funds are made possible by community members past and present, who have set up endowments for the purpose of preserving important community resources.
If you missed the Youth Hero Ceremony, you should know we had a great time celebrating and honoring some amazing youth in our community with a standing-room-only crowd! Billie, Larry, and Linda Holcomb handed out the awards, and a $15,000 check was delivered to Boy Scout Troop 170! Thank you to the Holcomb Family for their generosity and amazing community spirit!
Did you know that as many as 1,000 people in Benton County are experiencing homelessness? This year, our donors provided more than $95,000 in funding that purchased a lift for a food bank, supported case management at a women’s shelter, and helped working families who are experiencing homelessness afford childcare.
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