Benton County Community Foundation


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    BentonCountyNEWBenton County Community Foundation
    P.O. Box 787

    Warsaw, Missouri 65355

    Established August 1999

    Board of Governors:
    Suzie Brodersen, President
    Jim White, Vice President
    Tracey Spry, Treasurer
    Lisa Farwig, Secretary
    Dorcas Brethower
    Ethan Newman
    Cheryl Petersen
    Shannon Smith
    Paula Spring

    Total Assets (as of 3/31/16): $670,049

    For more information: Contact Suzie Brodersen at (660) 438-7472; or

    News and Updates

    MAIN_Wine StrollBCCF: 2014 in brief

    The Benton County Community Foundation continued a tradition by hosting the third annual Benton County Wine Stroll, pictured above, in downtown Warsaw in spring 2014. The event attracted more than 500 strollers and culminated with a concert at Drake Harbor Amphitheater. The BCCF board also rallied around the idea of creating its own scholarship fund, establishing the Benton County Community Foundation Scholarship Fund after hosting an invitation-only fundraiser. The board took pride in developing the scholarship criteria and selecting the first recipients from the county’s 2014 graduating classes, awarding three $500 scholarships to seniors from each of the three high schools in Benton County.

    BCCFGrantPhotoWEB-300x210Grantmaking Helps Historical Society, Others in FY13

    A $600 community grant to the Benton County Historical Society was one of five given out in FY13 by the Benton County Community Foundation. “I am especially proud of our board, they are very focused and excited to make a difference in our Community,” said first-year board president Ethan Newman. “I’m also very proud of our community of people that have such a giving heart, and happy for those that are able to benefit from those individuals.”



    Wine Stroll Introduces Warsaw to BCCF

    Benton-County-Wine-Stroll-WEBThe first-ever Benton County Wine Stroll was a big success last April, raising more than $5,000 for the Benton County Community Foundation’s grantmaking fund and bringing about 500 participants to historic downtown Warsaw. BCCF president Suzie Brodersen says it was not only a great fundraiser, but great exposure for the foundation. A second Wine Stroll is planned for spring 2013.







    Education Taken to Heart in Benton County


    CFO Executive Vice President Julie Leeth presents a check for $3,500 to the Warsaw School District on behalf of the Benton County Community Foundation as part of the Cooper Challenge Phase II program.

    Benton County schools were the focus of grantmaking and fundraising efforts over the past year, according to new board president Randy Eaton, who replaced Lesli Hill.

    The Warsaw Education Academic Fund received a $3,500 Harry S. Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks grant offered through the CFO. The Benton County Community Foundation and the Warsaw Education Foundation raised $7,190 to receive the matching funds through the Cooper Phase II Challenge for members of the CFO’s Rural Schools Partnership during 2010. The total of $10,690 is designated for the education endowment, which preserves and invests a core amount to create an annual distribution of funds to help stabilize the district’s revenue.

    Additionally, the Warsaw School Alumni Association presented two scholarships to the co-valedictorians of Warsaw High School. BCCF also presented grants to school districts in Warsaw, Lincoln, Cole Camp and the Lutheran School at Cole Camp for healthy development of school children.

    Warsaw High School’s YEP program is headed by Ethan Newman, one of BCCF’s youngest board members. He is developing the programming and has added Amy Spanaugle, J. Boise Middle School teacher, as a director.

    Finally, in appreciation of all the stakeholders for a wonderful year, the BCCF held a reception for friends, fund holders, and potential fund holders at Long Shoal Marina on Truman Lake and included CFO President Brian Fogle as the featured speaker. BCCF leaders said it was a good event that produced new fund inquiries to further develop.

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    Funds and Grantmaking

    Existing Funds:
    Grace J. Alverson Memorial Scholarship
    BDL Scholarship Fund
    Benton County Arts Fund
    Benton County Community Foundation Administrative Endowment Fund
    Benton County Community Foundation Scholarship Fund
    Benton County Endowment Fund
    Benton County Food Pantry Fund
    Benton County Hospice Fund
    Benton County Hospice Endowment Fund
    Benton County Museum Fund
    Bibb Benton County Museum Matching Development Fund
    Bill and Debbie Bunch Fund (unrestricted)
    Book and Home Visiting Supplies Fund
    Spencer Burke Memorial Scholarship Fund
    Avis Burton Family Scholarship Fund
    Cole Camp Community Center Fund
    Cole Camp Library Capacity Building Fund
    Cole Camp Senior Center Building & Equipment Capacity Building Fund*
    Community Project Fund
    The Eaton Family Fund (unrestricted)
    Darace and Christine Eaton Scholarship Fund
    Friends of the Warsaw Senior Center Fund
    Glenn Coffey Memorial Scholarship Fund
    Harold C. and Mabel Hackler Price Scholarship Fund
    Hill Family Community Fund (unrestricted)
    Kinkead Family Scholarship
    John and Lela Owen Educational Scholarship Fund
    Mahlon K. White Fund (unrestricted)
    Warsaw Academic Fund
    Warsaw Community Project Fund
    Warsaw Education Foundation Fund
    Warsaw Education Foundation Endowment Fund
    Warsaw Health Care Community Council Fund
    Warsaw School Alumni Association Fund
    Warsaw Senior Center Capacity Building Fund*
    Warsaw Youth Empowerment Program Capacity Building Fund

    * A subfund of Care Connection for Aging Services

    Community Grants for Fiscal Year 2015

    Benton County CROP Hunger Walk, $1,500
    Daughters of the American Revolution-Benton County, $200
    Warsaw School District, $200
    Cole Camp R-I School District, $1,000
    Osage Lakes Greenway Corporation, $500
    Sedalia Symphony Society, $1,773
    Benton County Community Foundation Scholarship Fund, $1,500

    Community Grants for Fiscal Year 2014

    Warsaw School District, $1,000
    Benton County Food Pantry, $633
    Benton County CROP Hunger Walk, $45
    Lincoln United Methodist Church, $1,500