“Organizations with a new idea,
program, or project have been historically popular with the Giving Circle
members,” explained Molly Kunkel, Centre Foundation Executive Director.
“Members like to see tangible impact projects completed in the near-term, especially
projects that will serve some of the more vulnerable populations in Centre
“After the grant proposals are received in June, the Giving
Circle members will narrow the field to their top three organizations,”
continued Kunkel. “These final three organizations will make a live
presentation at the August 30th cocktail reception and are
guaranteed a grant, but the Giving Circle members’ votes that evening will
determine which organization receives the $10,000 grant.”
Since the Giving Circle was established in 2006 to
commemorate the Foundation’s 25th anniversary, the members have pooled
their resources and voted to distribute $109,000 in grants to programs
throughout Centre County.
This year, Giving Circle members will meet at Above the
Valley on August 30th.
“Alone, someone may not be able to fund a $10,000 grant
project,” added Kunkel, “Together, as part of the Giving Circle, members are
able to make a big impact in our community!”