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Giving Circle - New Members Welcome!

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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.)~ * ~ Click here to join the Giving Circle! ~ * ~ “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 MuseumDiscovery SpaceHearts 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 Services, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, House of Care, Discovery Space, Housing Transitions, Strawberry 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.---See what happened in 2016!

Centre PACT 2017-2018: Student Recruitment

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Centre Foundation is looking for Centre County high school students who are interested in making an impact in their community!  Fall recruitment is now open for Centre PACT (Philanthropic Actions Created by Teens). Applications and letters of recommendation are due by Friday, September 15, 2017.  Meetings will be held monthly during the school year, beginning on Sunday, September 24th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Centre Foundation's office in State College (1377 Ridge Master Drive, State College, PA 16803). “Centre PACT is a great vehicle for students from across the county to come together, discuss issues facing their peer group, learn about potential solutions that non-profits offer, and ultimately fund the proactive program that they think will be most effective,” explained Molly Kunkel, Centre Foundation Executive Director.  Centre PACT is a hands-on philanthropy program that will help to hone students’ leadership, communication, professional, philanthropic, and networking skills.  This unique program and the volunteer hours it entails will be a highlight on resumes and college applications.  Centre PACT participants will also learn how to become more engaged Centre County citizens. “This is a student-driven, hands-on, community-focused group that will discover more about Centre County, each other, and themselves,” noted Kunkel.  “Last year, this group awarded over $8,000 in grants to six local non-profit organizations!  We can’t wait to see what the year’s group of student leaders will accomplish.” Applications are available here. For more information about Centre PACT, please contact Irene Miller, Centre Foundation’s Development & Events Coordinator, at (814) 237-6229 or by email at irene@centre-foundation.org.---See the impact of the 2015-2016 Centre PACT students here!Click to see the impact that the students of Centre PACT 2016-2017 had in our community!

2017's Back-to-School Supply Drive!

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The Salvation Army may be best known for their consignment shops, holiday bell-ringing, and helping the homeless across the world. In addition to these programs, most locations have ways for their community members to directly benefit the area. The State College Salvation Army has programs like this too! Every autumn a new school year begins, accompanied by a new list of supplies children will need to fuel their learning. Some families will have to stretch their budgets even thinner to make sure their children have new school supplies for their learning and new clothing for their growing.  For families who cannot stretch their budgets any further, your help is needed and appreciated!  The Salvation Army’s Back-to-School Program is for children in grades Kindergarten through 12, treating pre-qualified families to an $80 shopping trip to Walmart for backpacks, school supplies, and clothes! This year the trip will be on August 5th, but you can help before this event. By donating school supplies to drop-off locations, an additional backpack filled with extra school supplies that are age appropriate will be provided to each child!This year’s donation deadline is July 31st!  There are many donation drop-off locations, including at the local Salvation Army (2603 E College Ave, State College, PA)!The Salvation Army will be accepting donations of these items:·               Pencils·               Pens·               Crayons·               Markers·               Paper·               Folders·               Binders·               Rulers·               Scissors·               Glue·               Notebooks·               ErasersTo find more information about the event, other ways to help the community, or to apply to be a qualified family, please visit the State College Salvation Army website.Additional Drop-Off Locations: Coffee Corner1023 North Front StPhilipsburg, PA Papa John’s2110 N Atherton StState College, PA Dairy Queen310 W Aaron DrState College, PA Great Clips1890 N Atherton StState College, PA Chick-fil-a1938 N Atherton StState College, PA Toftrees Golf Resort1 Country Club LnState College, PA PSU Physical PlantE Park AveState College, PA PSU Redifer Dining CommonsE College AveState College, PA 

$100,000 Available for Centre Inspires Ideas, Due by July 27

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What project would you like to implement to meet a local need and encourage the people of Centre County to become more engaged in their community? This is the question that applicants are answering to secure funding from Centre Foundation’s $100,000 Centre Inspires granting program. “We’re excited to see what ideas there are to make our community an even more engaging place to live,” said Molly Kunkel, Executive Director of Centre Foundation.  “In prior years, the Centre Inspires grant program has brought the community projects like the Book Benches, Food Centres, and Centred Outdoors!” To learn more about Centre Inspires, read the granting program guidelines, and apply ahead of the July 27th deadline, please click here. For more information, please contact Centre Foundation’s Grant & Scholarship Coordinator, Ashley Pipe, at 814-237-6229 or by e-mail at ashley@centre-foundation.org.

Looking for a $10,000 grant opportunity? The Giving Circle is accepting applications through June 23rd.

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Do you know a Centre County non-profit organization in need of a $10,000 grant? Centre Foundation’s Giving Circle members are currently accepting grant proposals through the June 23rd deadline. “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 County.” “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!” Annual membership in the Giving Circle ranges from $125-$500 according to age.  Online, monthly payment options are also available. Previous recipients of Giving Circle grant include Interfaith Human Services, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, House of Care, Discovery Space, Housing Transitions, Strawberry 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 how to apply for the $10,000 Giving Circle grant or how to join the Giving Circle, please contact Centre Foundation at 814-237-6229.