Centre County residents demonstrated their love of place by donating more than $500,000 during just the first day of Centre Gives – an online giving event that began at 8:00 am on Tuesday, May 9.
“Day one of Centre Gives has been incredibly successful,” said Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation. “At six o’clock this evening, the community had already donated over $500,000 from over 3,400 donations.”
Combined with the $200,000 stretch pool and the prizes awarded so far during the event, this means that the current community investment topped $700,000.
“Donors are savvy and they know that their gifts go further during Centre Gives because of the stretch pool and prizes,” added Kunkel.  “Centre Foundation puts up a $100,000 stretch pool.  This year, the Hamer Foundation generously added $100,000 to the stretch pool!  In 2016, gifts were stretched an average of 16%.  This year – with a doubled stretch pool – we know donors are excited about the impact that their gifts will have on the organizations receiving the donations.”
Many ‘power hour’ prizes were also distributed during the first day of Centre Gives.  Schlow Library and TriYoga each received a $500 “Kick-Off Prize.”
“The ‘power hour’ prizes are awarded based on number of unique donors, not total amount raised,” stated Kunkel. “This helps level the playing field.  Each ‘power hour’ comes with a pair of prizes, one for a larger organization and one for a smaller organization.”
Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Grace Prep High School, Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, ClearWater Conservancy, and Penns Valley Youth Center also received ‘power hour’ prizes during the first day of Centre Gives.
Some prizes were given out earlier during the March Success Series trainings and during the pre-event Facebook challenges.  Those recipient organizations included Center for Alternatives in Community Justice, ClearWater Conservancy, The State Theatre, Nittany Beagle Rescue, State College Area Roller Derby, and Our Children’s Center Montessori School.
More prizes will be distributed during the second day of Centre Gives.  These include several more power hour prizes, four random ‘golden tickets,’ and the “Top 5 Overall” set of prizes.  A prize in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to the top five small – and large – organizations with the most unique donors during the entire 36 hours of Centre Gives.
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.
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.
To see why this event was voted “Best Fundraising Event,” follow the fun on social media using #CentreGives. Make sure to support your favorite local organization before the fun ends at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 10th!