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Innovative Ideas Requested for $100,000 Centre Inspires Grant

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Centre Foundation is currently seeking innovative, community-focused ideas for our annual Centre Inspires grant of up to $100,000. Applicants must benefit from a Centre Foundation endowment fund or partner with an endowed organization. The application deadline is Aug. 2.    “The Centre Inspires granting program encourages organizations to think creatively about ways in which we can transform our community,” said Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation. “Projects that are highly visible and serve a wide audience will be given first priority.” Since its launch in 2014, Centre Inspires has invested $400,000 back into the community. Previous projects include:  Book Benches, Food Centres, Centred Outdoors, and Good Day Café.   “Participants frequently tell us that this is a refreshing experience that enables them to think beyond their typical mission, form non-traditional partnerships, and brainstorm inspirational ways to make an impact in our community,” said Kunkel. Applicants are encouraged to read the granting program guidelines and apply by Aug. 2. For more information, please contact Rachael Hartman, Centre Foundation’s Grants & Community Impact Coordinator, at (814) 237-6229 or via email at Rachael@centre-foundation.org.  

Giving Circle Currently Accepting Grant Proposals

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Centre Foundation’s Giving Circle members are currently accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations to receive a $10,000 grant. The Giving Circle is a group of community-minded individuals who pool their resources to make a larger impact. The deadline to submit a proposal is 5 p.m. on June 22.  “Tangible projects that can be completed in the near-term have historically been popular among Giving Circle members,” said Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation. “They especially like to see projects that serve our more vulnerable populations in Centre County.”  After the grant proposals are received, Giving Circle members will narrow the list to their top three organizations. The final three will make presentations at a reception on Aug. 29 at Above the Valley. Each finalist will receive a grant; however, members’ votes will determine which organization receives the $10,000 grant.  The Giving Circle was established in 2006 to commemorate Centre Foundation’s 25th anniversary. Since then, members have pooled resources to award $124,000 in grants to Centre County organizations. Giving Circle membership is based on an annual donation, which varies from $125 to $500 according to age.  Giving Circle grants have previously been awarded to Hearts for Homeless, Interfaith Human Services, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, House of Care, Discovery Space, Housing Transitions, Strawberry Fields, and Centre Helps (formerly the Community Help Centre). These grants have funded financial care programs, women’s reproductive health programs, a preschool remodeling and removal of asbestos, a new roof, and many more crucial projects.  For more information, please contact our office at 814-237-6229.

Centre Gives Breaks Record with $1,425,795 in Donations

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For the sixth year in a row, the Centre County community has broken a Centre Gives record by raising $1,425,795 via 9,659 total gifts in 36 hours. “We are so thrilled,” said Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation. “We’re so proud of this community that continues to support our nonprofits year after year.” Gifts go further during Centre Gives, thanks to a $200,000 stretch pool provided by Centre Foundation and the Hamer Foundation, along with $27,000 in prizes. Prizes of $1,000 were awarded to the top five large and small organizations with the most unique donors for the entirety of Centre Gives. Large organizations included: Centre County PAWS, Schlow Library Foundation, ClearWater Conservancy, State College Food Bank, and The State Theatre. Small organizations included: Centre Wildlife Care, Pets Come First, Penns Valley Conservation Association, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, and Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania. Power Hour Prizes of $500 were awarded to the large and small organizations with the most unique donors during a given hour. Large organizations included: Schlow Library Foundation, Strawberry Fields, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, State College Food Bank, Centre County PAWS, The State Theatre, Discovery Space, and ClearWater Conservancy. Small organizations included: TriYoga of Central Pennsylvania, State College Area Roller Derby, Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Penns Valley Conservation Association, Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, and Penns Valley Youth Center. Finally, pre-event prizes of $250 were awarded randomly to organizations who participated in the March Success Series trainings and Facebook challenges. Winning organizations included: Centre County PAWS, State College Area Roller Derby, The State Theatre, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy, and State College Community Land Trust. Since Centre Gives began in 2012, about $6.8 million has been invested into the local nonprofit network, supporting organizations in the areas of arts, animals, education, environment, and health and social services. Centre Gives 2018 was sponsored by many forward-thinking members of the community, including the Hamer Foundation, Nestlerode and Loy Investment Advisors, First National Bank, M&T Bank, Frost & Conn, The Mazza Law Group, Baker Tilly, Tom & Sara Songer of The Torron Group, Morgan Stanley, Balfurd Dry Cleaners, and an anonymous donor. To learn more, please visit CentreGives.org.

Centre Gives Exceeds $852,000 in First 12 Hours

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During the first 12 hours of Centre Gives, Centre County residents demonstrated their love of place by donating more than $643,000 to their favorite nonprofits. Combined with the $200,000 stretch pool and power hour prizes, the current community investment tops $852,000. Launched by Centre Foundation in 2012, Centre Gives is a 36-hour online giving event that began on Tuesday, May 8 at 8 a.m. “We are thrilled to see the incredible response of our community year after year,” said Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation. “The energy and excitement throughout Centre County today was truly something special.” “The power hour prizes are awarded based on number of unique donors, not total amount raised,” stated Kunkel. “This helps level the playing field. Each power hour comes with a pair of prizes, $500 for a large organization and $500 for a small organization.” Power hour prize winners so far include: ·         Kick-Off Prize (Large) – Schlow Centre Region Library ·         Frost & Conn Kick-Off Prize (Small) – TriYoga of Central Pennsylvania ·         The Torron Group Snack Attack Prize (Large) – Strawberry Fields, Inc. ·         Snack Attack Prize (Small) – State College Area Roller Derby ·         Nestlerode & Loy Invesment Advisors High Noon Prize (Large) – Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts ·         Nestlerode & Loy Invesment Advisors High Noon Prize (Small) – Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited ·         Good Samaritan Tea Time Prize (Large) – Centre Volunteers in Medicine ·         Good Samaritan Tea Time Prize (Small) – State College Area Roller Derby ·         Alive at Five Prize (Large) – State College Food Bank ·         Alive at Five Prize (Small) – State College Area Roller Derby ·         M&T Bank Dinner Time Prize (Large) – Centre County PAWS ·         M&T Bank Dinner Time Prize (Small) – Penns Valley Conservation Association ·         Morgan Stanley Party Time Prize (Large) – Centre County PAWS ·         Party Time Prize (Small) – Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania In addition to power hour prizes, pre-event prizes have also been awarded. Two organizations, one large and one small, each received $500 for their participation in the March Success Series Trainings. Additionally, four more organizations won $250 each for their participation in pre-event Facebook challenges. Pre-event prize winners included: ·         Success Series Prize (Large) – Centre County PAWS ·         Success Series Prize (Small) – State College Area Roller Derby ·         Facebook Challenge #1 – The State Theatre, Inc. ·         Facebook Challenge #2 – Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy ·         Facebook Challenge #3 – State College Community Land Trust ·         Facebook Challenge #4 – Centre County PAWS Since Centre Gives began in 2012, over $5.4 million has been invested in the local nonprofit network, supporting organizations working in the areas of arts, animals, education, environment, and health and social services. Centre Gives 2018 is sponsored by many forward-thinking members of the community, including the Hamer Foundation, Nestlerode and Loy Investment Advisors, First National Bank, M&T Bank, Frost & Conn, The Mazza Law Group, Baker Tilly, Tom & Sara Songer of The Torron Group, Morgan Stanley, Balfurd Dry Cleaners, and an anonymous donor. To see why this event was voted “Best Fundraising Event” for three consecutive years, follow the fun on social media using #CentreGives. Donate to your favorite nonprofit at CentreGives.org before the fun ends on Wednesday, May 10 at 8 p.m.