Harold and Nancy O'Connor Fund

Improving lives in Centre County by responding to current needs

Story of Fund

Nancy and harold o connor

Harold and Nancy O'Connor are longtime residents of Centre County. Harold O'Connor graduated from Penn State in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in physics. He joined the State College-based Chemcut Corp. in 1958 as secretary-treasurer, became its president in 1966, and led it through public stock offerings and sale to Schering AG in 1980. He retired in 1987. Both Harold and Nancy are passionate about volunteering in the community; Harold has served on the boards of Susquehanna University and of Centre Foundation.  Nancy has served as an advisory board member at the Palmer Museum of Art and a volunteer for Schlow Library and the local hospital , among others.  Harold served as Centre Foundation's board chair in 1989; the O'Connors are Centre Foundation Campbell Society and Anniversary Circle members.

How Does it Help?

Our community is important to us and we feel the stewardship of the Foundation has greatly benefited the State College area and beyond.

Centre Foundation discretionary funds are distributed through our competitive grants process to meet the changing needs of the Centre County residents.  In a unique role as philanthropic leaders of the community, foundation board members, who represent all areas and people of the County, and the knowledgeable professional staff, are uniquely equipped to understand the changing needs of the community, and focus grants where they can make the most impact over the years. 

Fund Size
2017 Grants
  • 47%Human Services
  • 31%Education
  • 15%Community & Arts
  • 7%Environmental