The Council on Foundations, a Washington, D.C.-based organization representing more than two thousand grantmaking foundations and giving programs, has announced the recipients of its 2004 Distinguished Grantmaker, Robert W. Scrivner, and Paul Ylvisaker awards.
The recipients of the 2004 Distinguished Grantmakers Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in philanthropy, are Charles Benton, chairman of the D.C.-based Benton Foundation, and Marjorie Craig Benton. Under Benton's leadership, the Benton Foundation has evolved from a grantmaking foundation to an operating foundation devoted to the field of communications. In addition, Benton has served as a board member and been an advisor to many organizations in the arts, education, and communications, and in the 1970s served as chairman of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science and the first White House Conference on Library and Information Services.
Marjorie Craig Benton, a trustee of the foundation, has served as U.S. ambassador to UNICEF, board chair of Save the Children, and a delegate to the United Nations special session on disarmament. She also co-founded the Chicago Foundation for Women, the Peace Museum, and the Women's Issues Network.
"Charles and Marjorie Benton have demonstrated a lifelong commitment and vision in addressing causes ranging from digital literacy to international peace and children's issues," said CoF president and CEO Dorothy S. Ridings. "Their contributions are a source of inspiration to others in the field and are well deserving of this year's Distinguished Grantmakers Award."
The Council awarded its Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking to Chet Techozewski, founder and executive director of the Boulder, Colorado-based Global Greengrants Fund, for pioneering strategies in international re-granting as a means to support the growth of civil society organizations in developing economies and emerging democracies.
The 2004 Paul Ylvisaker Award for Public Policy Engagement, which honors a foundation that demonstrates excellence in affecting public policy by using creative and effective strategies, was awarded to the New York City-based Rockefeller Brothers Fund for its Innovative Brownfields program, an initiative that encourages New York to enforce the cleanup of polluted and abandoned land in urban centers.