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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.


$354,000 in Grants Distributed to Local Nonprofits

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As part of our annual and first-quarter granting cycle, Centre Foundation will distribute $354,000 through 197 grants. These grants will benefit 107 nonprofits serving our community in one of four interest areas: health and social services; education and life-long learning; environmental conservation and awareness; and culture, community, and the arts. These grants are provided through endowment funds, which continually support the ongoing efforts of local nonprofits. For example, a fund designated to the Tides Program ensures the continuation of supportive programming to children, teens, and families who have lost a loved one; while a fund designated to the State College Choral Society ensures the continuation of major choral presentations in the Centre Region.   Over the course of 2018, three additional rounds of quarterly grants will be distributed, totaling $399,000—bringing the yearly total to over $750,000.If you are interested in establishing a fund of any type, Centre Foundation is happy to assist you in reaching your philanthropic goals. For more information, please call our office at (814) 237-6229.  

Centre PACT Students Issue $8,414 in Grants to Five Local Organizations

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Thirteen Centre County high school students awarded $8,414 to five local nonprofits at the conclusion of their year-long participation in Centre PACT (Philanthropic Actions Created by Teens), a program of Centre Foundation. Recipient organizations included: Out of the Cold, Central Pennsylvania Community Action, AIDS Resource Alliance, Housing Transitions, and Center for Alternatives in Community Justice.In October, the students kicked off the program by selecting the theme of “Securing Physical and Emotional Safety for Community Wellness.” Over the course of the program, they created their own grant application, sent out a request for proposals, reviewed twenty competitive applications, and solicited donations—all of which guided their granting decisions in April.  “It has been truly remarkable watching this group of young philanthropists grow during the course of the program,” said Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation. “They remained committed to their mission and to making our community an even better place to live, learn, and work.” The students began the program with $2,253, which was provided by a fund designated to Centre PACT. They then raised $6,161 from 43 community supporters. On Sunday, April 29, students, parents, donors, and nonprofit representatives gathered at Centre Foundation’s office for the check presentation party. To start the evening, Kunkel introduced Hope Bodenschatz, the Centre PACT program coordinator, who was a member of the first Centre PACT class and is now a sophomore at Penn State. Next, Centre PACT students Jasmine Cao and Jackie Feffer explained the program’s mission to the audience. Check presentations followed. Woojin Lee and Sanjana Kuchipudi presented $1,924 to Kendra Gettig of Out of the Cold to help them provide homeless guests with safe transportation to medical appointments, work, and more. Saoirse Hopp, Grace Handler, and Abby La Porta presented $1,924 to Susan Hawthorne and Donna Gill of Central Pennsylvania Community Action for their Freedom Program, which will provide victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault with a variety of services, such as counseling, financial support, clothing, workforce training, nutrition, and more. Bea Belmonte and Brontë Clingham-David presented $1,120 to Wes Chicko of AIDS Resource Alliance for their mental health counseling program, which will provide 35 hours of in-house mental health counseling to 12 clients. Claire Jin and Baron Cao presented $1,500 to Ginger Cain and Jennifer Stahl of Housing Transitions for their Life Skills Training Program, which provides group outreach support to shelter residents in an effort to help them achieve a more independent lifestyle. Finally, Jackie Saleeby and Bella DiNallo presented $1,946 to the Center for Alternatives in Community Justice for their Youth Aid Panel, which allows juvenile first-time offenders to have charges dropped and court fines lessened in exchange for their completion of alternative service projects. Perfect attendance awards were also presented to Bea Belmonte and Brontë Clingham-David. The following graduating high school seniors were also recognized: Bea Belmonte (DePaul University), Brontë Clingham-David (Sarah Lawrence College), Bella DiNallo (Penn State University), Jackie Feffer (Harvard University), Grace Handler (Boston University), and Jackie Saleeby (University of Pittsburgh). Centre County high school students may apply to join the Centre PACT Class of 2018-19 during fall recruitment, which will open in August. For more information, please email Shalen Perehinec at shalen@centre-foundation.org or call the office at (814) 237-6229.