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Benton Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-05-29

At A Glance

Benton Foundation

(also known as William Benton Foundation)

1250 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Ste. 200

Washington, DC United States 20036


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $8,498,428

Total giving: $8,850






Incorporated in 1948 in NY - The foundation was originally incorporated in 1948 under the name William Benton Fdn. In 1981, it was restructured and renamed as the Benton Fdn.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's mission is to realize the social benefits made possible by the public interest use of communications, because the foundation believes that communications in the public interest is essential to a strong democracy. The foundation bridges the worlds of philanthropy, community practice, and public policy. It develops and provides effective information and communication tools and strategies to equip and engage individuals and organizations in the emerging digital and communications environment.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Sound Partners for Community Health

The program seeks to increase public awareness of specific health issues and facilitate citizens' involvement in making decisions affecting health care by fostering partnerships between public broadcasters, community organizations, and additional media entities. By utilizing a variety of programming and community engagement techniques, the alliances supported by the program help equip individuals to participate in community problem-solving around local health issues.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Civic participation
  • Communication media
  • Democracy
  • Education
  • Information and Communications
  • Public affairs
  • Radio

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $8,498,428 (market value)

Gifts received: $700,000

Expenditures: $809,903

Total giving: $8,850

Qualifying distributions: $766,120