Centre Gives, a two-time “Best Fundraiser” award
recipient, will debut a new look this May, thanks to West Arete, a local software development company that was hired by Centre
Foundation to customize its giving day platform.
Gives is all about local people supporting Centre County – loving where they
live and giving where they live,” explained Molly Kunkel, Executive Director of
Centre Foundation. “West Arete is a local company that not only understands
this, but is committed to being a community partner through the projects it
takes on and the way the company is run, being B Corp certified.”
located on South Allen Street, offers software that is rooted in robust technology
architecture, which provides user confidence in the security and traffic that
its platforms can handle.
year, the nationwide outage that affected many giving day events was something
that galvanized our staff – who have been longtime supporters of Centre Gives
and Centre Foundation,” noted Scott Woods, CEO of West Arete. “We were
confident that we could build a strong product that would ensure giving days
like Centre Gives would have the security donors deserve, the results the
community depended on, and the gamification that makes these online events such
a fun experience for all involved.”
$25,000 in prizes is an integral part of Centre Gives. Prizes create friendly competition that
result in immediate gratification, which can sometimes even exceed the idea of
competing for a larger share of the $100,000 stretch pool that Centre
Foundation also provides.
that prizes and tracking the results were something that people really
enjoyed,” said Kunkel. “West Arete has
done a great job in creating a spotlight for the prizes – the results are more
visual, the prizes are front and center, and the power hours have unique pages
that allow competing organizations to hone in on their goal.”
of the total community impact is also more prominently featured, along with the
results of each organization’s efforts.
what we knew people were interested in watching, we’ve designed the
organization pages with the user experience in mind,” explained Woods. “Users
will now be able to simultaneously search and sort organizations – according to
the interest area they want to support or according to the results they want to
partnering with West Arete, Centre Foundation was able to find a local vendor
to build a secure, custom product that will benefit Centre County for years to
only supporting a local company and local jobs, but we’re also investing in
technology that is strengthening our community,” Kunkel said.
As Centre Gives launches on May 9, so does a new product.
is excited for the future of this giving day platform,” Woods said. “We know
first-hand the power that giving days can have in a community and we know the
importance of making sure a giving day platform is built strongly, securely,
and with an eye towards what will engage and inspire people. As part of West Arete’s mission of designing
custom software that can improve communities, we are happy to announce that
this software will be available for other community foundations across the
country to purchase as an investment in their own community’s future.”
As soon as
Centre Gives 2016 wrapped up, Centre Foundation’s staff began exploring new
vendor options before ultimately selecting West Arete to build the new platform
for the online giving event.
Foundation’s board oversaw an exhaustive vetting of potential vendors and
concluded that West Arete would be able to provide the product capacity, security,
and usability that an event like Centre Gives must have to succeed,” noted
Oscar “OJ” Johnston, Centre Foundation board member. “Centre Foundation’s staff
worked side-by-side with West Arete to develop this customized product and our
board oversaw the process. We are
confident that this product investment will pay dividends across Centre
Since the Centre Gives launched in
2012, over $4,000,000 has been invested into Centre County’s local non-profit
network. There have been over 23,500 gifts
made, which have benefited over 130 local organizations.
Centre Gives 2017 will have another
record number of local organizations participating; nearly 150 organizations serving
all types of interest areas including arts, animals, education, environment,
and health & social services. Centre
Foundation will host Success Series trainings through-out the month of March
for these organizations in order to build communication and fundraising skills
that will be helpful beyond this 36-hour online giving event.
For information about attending a Success Series,
sponsorships, and all other inquiries, please contact Centre Foundation’s
office at 814-237-6229.