Mabel Jean Martin Fund

Improving lives in Centre County by responding to current needs

Story of Fund

Mabel jean martin

Mabel Jean Martin was a long-time resident of State College, working for many years with Penn State's Theater Arts Department.  She loved the outdoors, dividing her time between "the city" and her family home in rural Lamar, Pennsylvania.  She bequeathed a part of her estate to the Foundation as an unrestricted fund.

How Does it Help?

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

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