When originally conceptualized, the Foundation Board decided to call the Foundation “Benson Area Community Foundation.” This was done to reflect the Board’s thinking that we wanted to see ourselves as encompassing an area wider than just the city limits of one town. Rather, as we processed the scope of our physical presence, we agreed that not only the city of Benson, but those towns that are within the surrounding area: Clontarf, Danvers, DeGraff and Swift Falls, should be included as well. The more we discussed, we opted to select the same geographic area of the local public high school. Accordingly, we adopted the school district boundaries as our identity but making clear that our Foundation was to be distinguishable and separate from the school district.
Our Foundation boundaries encompass about 6,000 people. Farming and agricultural-related business constitutes the economic platform of our community. Our local school draws it student population from the five communities within the school district boundaries. Benson is the largest city (3,500) within the immediate area and has a robust retail business sector. There are also several manufacturing operations in Benson, Case-New Holland and Custom Roto Mold. The Swift County Benson Hospital is located in Benson and is also one of the larger economic engines in our area. The Benson Area Community Foundation is one of several non-profit foundations in our community. Along with the Swift County Benson Hospital Foundation and the Benson Public Schools Foundation – just established in 2015, the Benson Area Community Foundation is pleased to provide private sector donors a local venue for charitable, tax-deductible, gifts to improve the area community.