After members’ votes were tallied,
the $10,000 Giving Circle grant was awarded to Interfaith Human Services’
Financial Care Program, which assists local families who are experiencing short
and long-term financial instability.
Many of these families suffer from mental or intellectual diagnoses, are
susceptible to financial scams and abuse, or rely on a financial power of
attorney to oversee their financial matters.
“This grant allows us to expand our financial care
program, helping more low-income families budget their finances through
one-on-one money management counseling,” explained Wendy Vinhage, Executive
Director at IHS. “If we can help more
people with money management, we can put them on their way to self-sufficiency.”
Over 70 people gathered at
the Mountain View Country Club on August 25th for the annual
reception of Centre Foundation’s Giving Circle.
The giving circle was established in 2006 as part of Centre Foundation’s
25th anniversary celebration.
To date, it has distributed $109,000 in grants to fund important
projects of local non-profit organizations.
This year, the membership drive was again successful enough to ensure
that the runner-up organizations to also received grants.
“I’m happy to announce that Centre
County Women’s Resource Center (CCWRC) and Mount Nittany Health Foundation will
each receive a $2,500 grant due to the expanded membership and generosity of
our Giving Circle members,” announced Molly Kunkel, Executive Director of
This year, the membership
nominated local organizations that work in the fields of Health
& Social Services. Members then ranked the nominations and the
top three were asked to attend the reception to present their unique grant
ideas before the full membership.
Anne Ard, Executive Director,
and Lindsey Faussette, Director of Outreach and Education, were on hand to represent CCWRC. Matt Hardy, Foundation Director, and Dr.
Veeral Patel, Radiation Oncologist, presented on behalf of Mount Nittany Health
There was also a brief
presentation by last year’s recipient, Park Forest Preschool, about how their grant was used for facilities
renovations such as replacing asbestos flooring tiles and painting to help the
program secure state licensure to become a Universal Pre-K site. Barbara Geist,
Director of the Park Forest Preschool, provide this progress report.
Previous recipients of Giving
Circle grant include Centre Volunteers in Medicine, House of Care,
Fields, and the Community
information about the Giving Circle program is available at centre-foundation.org.