State College, PA – It has been a whirlwind 36 hours at CentreGives.org as over 100 local non-profit organizations have activated their donor bases and inspired the community to contribute a total of $765,916.09 from 5,684 gifts.

 

“Here at Centre Foundation, we are thrilled at the outpouring of generosity from members of the community,” said Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation.  “This has been the most successful year yet of Centre Gives, thanks to our engaged community members and hard-working non-profit staffers.”

 

In addition to the nearly $766,000 in community gifts, Centre Foundation also provided a $100,000 stretch pool.

 

“This grant pool stretches people’s donations so that they go further,” explained Kunkel. “The more an organization raised, the larger their share of the grant pool will be.”

 

There were also $25,000 in prizes, awarded throughout the two-day event. 

 

“In response to feedback from our participating organizations, we restructured our prizes –which are awarded based on unique gifts rather than total dollars raised – this year to increase the number of prizes and therefore opportunities for organizations of varying sizes to strategize and capture them,” said Kunkel.  “It was wonderful to watch new organizations successfully compete for these prizes, so we’re pleased with the new prize structure.”

 

Adding all these numbers with the $1,000 in pre-event Facebook challenges, Centre Gives 2015 will invest over $890,000 in Centre County’s non-profit network.  This brings the program’s four-year running total to a nearly $3,000,000 investment.

 

“The impact of Centre Gives in our community is undeniably amazing,” Kunkel said. “Our staff and board look forward to hosting this event each year.”

 

Centre Gives 2015 Prize Recipients:

 

  • Grand Prize * Friends of Schlow Centre Region Library * $3,000

  • Second Place Prize * Centre County PAWS * $2,500

  • Third Place Prize * The State Theatre, Inc. * $2,000

  • Fourth Place Prize * Centre Volunteers in Medicine * $1,500

  • Fifth Place Prize * ClearWater Conservancy * $1,000

  • Sixth Place Prize * The Food Bank of the State College Area, Inc. * $900

  • Seventh Place Prize * Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts * $800

  • Eighth Place Prize * Centre Co. Women's Resource Center * $700

  • Ninth Place Prize * Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania * $600

  • Tenth Place Prize * Centre Wildlife Care * $500

  • Big Start Prize * TriYoga of Central Pennsylvania * $1,250

  • Commuter Prize 1 * Centre County PAWS * $1,000

  • Lunch Time Prize 1 * Strawberry Fields, Inc * $1,000

  • Happy Hour Prize 1 * Centre County PAWS * $1,000

  • Cinco de Mayo Prize * Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts * $1,000

  • Big Start Day 2 Prize * The State Theatre, Inc. * $1,000

  • Commuter Prize 2 * State College Community Theatre * $1,000

  • Lunch Time Prize 2 * Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited * $1,000

  • 4th Quarter Prize * Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts * $1,000

  • Big Finish Prize * Centre County PAWS * $1,250

  • Afternoon Break Golden Ticket * Mount Nittany Medical Center Foundation * $100

  • Morning Commute Golden Ticket * Pets Come First * $100

  • Dinner Time Golden Ticket * Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania * $100

  • First Donation Golden Ticket * Centre County Farmland Trust * $100

  • Caffeine Break Golden Ticket * United Nations Association of Centre County * $100

  • Final Countdown Golden Ticket * Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania * $100

  • Rise & Shine Golden Ticket * Centre County Housing and Land Trust * $100

  • Late Night Golden Ticket * Centre Co. Women's Resource Center * $100

  • Midnight Oil Golden Ticket * Centre Co. Women's Resource Center * $100

  • Start Sprinting Golden Ticket * Nittany Theatre at The Barn * $100

  • Pre-Event Challenge: Like #CentreGives Prize * State College Community Theatre * $250

  • Pre-Event Challenge: MakeOver Monday Prize * Centre County PAWS * $250

  • Pre-Event Challenge: #CentreGives Car Prize * Centre Bulldogs Youth Football & Cheer * $250

  • Pre-Event Challenge: Show Your Selfie Prize * Centre Bulldogs Youth Football & Cheer * $250

 

 

Centre Foundation is committed to helping donors fulfill their philanthropic goals by building and maintaining a permanent collection of endowment funds. The Foundation champions the betterment of Centre County for both present and future generations with trustworthy leadership in shaping effective responses to community issues and opportunities.

 

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