By Bella DiNallo, Centre PACT Class of 2018What do food and some good company have to do with philanthropy? Well, let me invite you into our last Centre PACT meeting, where we high school students had the benefit of getting to know five local philanthropists, including Linda Gall, Pieter and Lida Ouwehand, and Rich and Sally Kalin. Throughout the evening, we shared many experiences and asked a lot of questions, learning about the basic dos and don’ts of philanthropy along with the individual opinions and recommendations from each philanthropist. Sharing food and a few good laughs was the perfect segway into learning the grit of philanthropy and more specifically, the process of conducting a prospect meeting. The ‘prospect meeting stage’ is one of the most intimidating stages for “new” philanthropists. This part of the conversation sparked many questions from us and allowed for an amazing discussion full of many comforting stories. Hearing about past experiences and first-time stories from these seasoned philanthropists resonated with many of the students, since the first time approaching “the ask” can be a nerve-racking experience. After spending the first hour taking in as much advice as we could, beginning to feel an eager excitement for the upcoming stages of Centre PACT, we came back together to ask students to practice with each other. Although prospect meetings are not the most favorable portion of the year for most students, by the end of the night, everyone seemed to be inspired by the idea of making a tangible difference. Thank you to all our local philanthropists, Linda Gall, Pieter and Lida Ouwehand, and Rich and Sally Kalin, for joining us and sharing everything you know about the process of conducting a prospect meeting and everything you have experienced being involved in philanthropy. We appreciate all we have learned and are excited for the upcoming months!Quick Links:2017 Centre PACT Impact2016 Centre PACT Impact
Centre Foundation is pleased to announce that Desiree Fralick, Esq. has been named the 2018 Board Chair. As Attorney and Shareholder with The Mazza Law Group, P.C., Desiree brings with her both valuable professional and personal experience. Having been an active community volunteer and working with clients and estates to establish funds at Centre Foundation, Desiree was nominated to serve on the board in 2013. Since then, she has held the positions of 2nd Vice Chair and 1st Vice Chair, and has sat on the Executive, Governance, Grants, Audit, and Centre Inspires Committees.“Having worked with Centre Foundation in both my professional life and my volunteer work helps me to have a unique perspective to understand the Foundation from both inside and outside the organization,” said Desiree. “I’m also passionate about the work Centre Foundation does to better the lives of those in our Centre County community.”In addition to her work with Centre Foundation, Desiree is also involved with other Centre County organizations. She is a member and past officer for both the Centre County Bar Association and the Centre Region Estate Planning Council. Desiree is on the Advisory Board for Student Legal Services at Penn State and is the incoming Secretary for the State College Area High School Girls’ Soccer Booster Club.“Centre County has such a beautiful diversity of people and landscape. Besides the numerous professional opportunities that it offers, I also appreciate the personal, cultural, and social opportunities,” said Desiree. “You can hike, bike, or get outdoors during the day and then attend an event at any theatre in the evening. If you can’t find something to interest and engage you in Centre County, you haven’t looked.”In her spare time, Desiree enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching her daughter play soccer, training for and running races, and attending various Penn State sporting events.
Centre Foundation invites qualified nonprofit organizations to apply for its annual 36-hour online giving event by visiting CentreGives.org ahead of the Feb. 16 deadline. This year, Centre Foundation will be hosting their seventh annual Centre Gives event on May 8 and 9, 2018. “Each year, we are thrilled to see this event grow and improve the lives of thousands in our community,” said Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation. “It was also very exciting to see the number of participating organizations increase to 150 last year.” Since Centre Foundation launched Centre Gives in 2012, over $5 million has been invested into the local non-profit network—strengthening the Centre County community in the areas of education, environment, animal welfare, the arts, and health and social services. “Once again, Centre Foundation will provide a $100,000 stretch pool along with additional prize money,” continued Kunkel. “Donations made during Centre Gives are stretched further, which helps donors make a bigger impact with their generosity!” To apply, please create an account for your organization at CentreGives.org. As in previous years, participating organizations will once again have the opportunity to sharpen their fundraising, communication, and donor appreciation skills during the Centre Gives Success Series. Attendees must register for sessions, which will be held at Centre Foundation’s office throughout the month of March. The schedule and topics for each training session are as follows:Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Crafting Your StoryThursday, March 8, 2018 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Spreading the WordTuesday, March 13, 2018 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Engaging Your DonorsThursday, March 22, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Strategizing for SuccessWednesday, March 28, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Putting the Pieces Together Please contact Rachael Hartman (email@example.com | 814-237-6229) for more information about Centre Gives or the application process.Please contact Shalen Perehinec (firstname.lastname@example.org | 814-237-6229) for more information about the Success Series. --- Quick Links:Apply for Centre Gives2018 Participation GuidelinesRegister for Success Series