Ford B. and Rhea V. Cole Fund

Improving lives in Centre County by responding to current needs

Story of Fund

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Rhea Nevil was from Montoursville, where she received her education.  She married Ford B. Cole in 1919.  Ford and Rhea owned Bottorf’s shoe stores in Lockhaven and State College.  Always a necessity, shoes became even more precious during World War II as ration stamps were required to obtain a pair of shoes.  In later years, the couple moved to State College and joined St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  The Coles’ fund will support the mission of Centre Foundation.

How Does it Help?

There is no cause half so sacred as the cause of the people. There is no idea so uplifting as the idea of the service of humanity.

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