Morrow Family Fund

Improving lives in Centre County by responding to current needs

Story of Fund

Fund morrow family

David A. Morrow grew up on a dairy farm in Blair County, about 30 miles from State College. He graduated from Penn State in 1956, then went on to Cornell, where he met both his future wife, Linda, and Bob Potter, the future executive director of Centre Foundation. Dave and Linda moved to Michigan in the late 60s, but by the 80s, Dave had a strong desire to return to Central Pennsylvania. The couple bought a house in State College and moved there, with their three children, in 1985. Dave served on the Penn State Board of Trustees, and served a 2-year term as president of the Penn State Alumni Association in the early 1990s. His aunt, Elizabeth C. Morrow, grew up on the same dairy farm and earned an M.A. at Penn State before becoming a well-respected State College High School English teacher who taught from the 1940s to 1960s. She also wrote the words to the second verse of the State High alma mater. She was a dedicated member of the State College Presbyterian Church and was the first woman elected as Moderator of Huntingdon Presbytery.  

How Does it Help?

I would like all of us to be remembered as people who adopted State College as our community and cared for it in the best ways that we could.

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