As the “Best Fundraising Event”
approaches, fans of Centre Gives have something to celebrate before the 36-hour
online event even begins: a doubled stretch pool of grant dollars!
“This year, we’re excited to
partner with the Hamer Foundation, which has generously doubled the Centre
Gives stretch pool to a total of $200,000!” explained Molly Kunkel, Centre
Foundation’s Executive Director. “The
Hamer Foundation’s expansion of the stretch pool embodies the spirit of Centre
Gives – a generous community that comes together in support of our local
resources, neighbors, and organizational assets. It is a truly generous and
visionary gift that all Centre County residents will be able to enjoy.”
Since 2012, Centre Foundation has provided
an annual $100,000 stretch pool, ensuring that donors’ gifts go further during
Centre Gives. In 2016, gifts were stretched and average of 16%.
“The more an organization raises,
the more of the stretch pool they will ultimately receive,” stated Kunkel.
“This $100,000 infusion into the stretch pool not only boosts the impact of
Centre Gives, stretches donors’ dollars that much further, but also allows our
non-profit organizations make a greater impact in the community.”
Since Centre Gives began in 2012,
over $4,000,000 has been invested in the local non-profit network. Community members’ generous gifts have
supported local non-profit organizations working in the areas of arts, animals,
education, environment, and health & social services.
“Our community is generous and full
of savvy donors,” noted Kunkel. “During
Centre Gives, donors know that their donations will go further. They count on the stretch pool’s affect to allow
their favorite local non-profit organizations to have a greater impact in
Centre County. Donors also enjoy competing for the $25,000 in prizes that are
offered through the event.”
Centre Gives 2017 is sponsored by
many forward-thinking members of our community, including the Hamer Foundation,
Knight Foundation, First National Bank, PSECU, Balfurd Dry Cleaners, and Tom
and Sara Songer of the Torron Group.
Centre Gives 2017 will kick-off at
8:00 am on Tuesday, May 9th at CentreGives.org. Follow the fun on
social media using #CentreGives and make sure to support your favorite local organization
before the fun ends at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 10th!