Ouwehand Family Fund

Inspired to support the arts and human service organizations.

Story of Fund

Ouwehand fund

Pieter and Lida Ouwehand are engaged with a number of local organizations, particularly those which support the arts and human services. Some of the many organizations they support are Nittany Valley Symphony, Meals on Wheels, Music at Penn's Woods, Special Olympics, Center for the Performing Arts, and Global Connections.  The Ouwehands took advantage of a special IRS provision, the Qualified Charitable Distribution allowing traditional IRA owners to give up to $100,000 from their account directly to qualified charitable organizations, by establishing this fund with Centre Foundation. 

How Does it Help?

How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.

This fund supports local organizations the Ouwehands are passionate about: Special Olympics Centre County, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, Strawberry Fields, Centre County Women's Resource Center, and Global Connections.


Click to view a video filmed at Strawberry Fields that outlines the impact this fund has on the organization each year.

Fund Size
2017 Grants
  • 50%Human Services
  • 50%Community & Arts