“Our goal is to work with a few organizations that we, as a family, can support both monetarily and with our time…because we want to teach our kids the value of giving back,” remarked Annie Simms.
In September, Bryan Simms reached out to the BCF team, stating that his family wanted to create a Donor Advised Fund at the Foundation. Three days later, Bryan and Annie met with staff to open a new giving fund when they shared their future vision and what led them to BCF.
“We want to be part of something bigger,” remarked Bryan, who graduated from the OSU College of Business program and created Brass Media in 2001 to help young adults understand the impact of their financial decisions. It was at OSU where Bryan and Annie met, married and went on to pursue career opportunities outside of Oregon.
In 2021, the couple returned to Corvallis to raise their young children. They appreciate the spirit of giving back that our region offers and wanted to get involved specifically in BCF’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. “I love living in Benton County. Being able to have a meaningful impact in the community we have chosen to raise our family in, matters,” said Annie.
Bryan and Annie joined BCF at a remarkable time. Last year was the first year in the Foundation’s history that donor advised funds (DAFs) delivered more grants than any other fund category. BCF donor advised funds disbursed 31 grants, totaling more than $350,000…nearly triple the disbursement level of 2020. With an average grant of $11,000, these funds are making a vital impact at our region’s non-profit partners.