About BACF

Organized as an affiliate of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, the Benson Area Community Foundation is a vehicle for donors who wish to make charitable contributions for the benefit of our community.  BACF Geographic Area

Join us in creating a legacy

The success of the Benson Area Community Foundation depends on you. Make designated gifts to new or existing funds, or support our permanent endowment fund to help meet the changing needs of our community.

Donations to the Benson Area Community Foundation

An individual, family or organization can contribute to the Benson Area Community Foundation. The mission is “To enrich our quality of life and provide a legacy by connecting charitable donors to community vision.

With Integrity and Trustworthiness, we focus on the future.

Grants, whose aims are to strengthen community core values and structure, are awarded to non-profit organizations. Grants amount vary depending upon grant amounts available. Applications must have matching funds. Grants are most commonly awarded in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Recreational activities and efforts
  • Arts and humanities
  • Parks and environment


The Benson Area Community Foundation is organized as an affiliate of the Southwest Initiative Foundation.

Our partner, the Southwest Initiative Foundation, provides administrative support through gift processing and receipting, grant processing, investment management, and the 501(c)(3) public charity infrastructure necessary for your gifts to receive the highest possible charitable tax deduction. We also have access to technical and professional support from Southwest Initiative Foundation in areas such as strategic planning, board development, fundraising, marketing and public relations, and grantmaking.

In return, we have established an advisory board to lead the Benson Area Community Foundation, raise funds to support our vision, coordinate a grant process and educate the community. We are in the driver’s seat, with Southwest Initiative Foundation supporting us every step of the way.

For more information about the Southwest Initiative Foundation, click here.