Do you want to be a part of deciding a $10,000 grant? Giving Circle members engage in this type of hands-on, instant, and local impact on an annual basis.
“Alone, someone may not be able to fund a $10,000 grant project,” explained Molly Kunkel, Centre Foundation's Executive Director. “Together, as part of the Giving Circle, members are able to make a big impact in our community!”
Annual membership in the Giving Circle ranges from $125-$500 according to age.  Online, monthly payment options are also available here. (Click the image below to view The Giving Circle brochure.)

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“Grant proposals are collected in June,” continued Kunkel. “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.”
This year, Giving Circle members will meet at Above the Valley on August 30th.  

The finalist organizations making grant proposal presentations are:

  • Bellefonte Art Museum
  • Discovery Space
  • Hearts for Homeless

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.

“Organizations with a new idea, program, or project have been historically popular with the Giving Circle members,” explained Kunkel. “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 County.”
Previous recipients of Giving Circle grant include Interfaith Human ServicesCentre Volunteers in MedicineHouse of CareDiscovery SpaceHousing TransitionsStrawberry Fields, and Centre Helps (formerly the Community Help Centre).  These grants have funded financial care programs, women’s reproductive health programs, a preschool remodeling and removal of asbestos, a new roof, and many more crucial projects.
For more information about joining the Giving Circle, please view this brochure, click here, or contact Centre Foundation at 814-237-6229.


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