ways to give

Why Centre Foundation?

We offer a variety of tools to help you achieve your charitable goals. Whether you want to create a new fund or add to an existing one, we are here to make giving easy and effective by accepting a variety of gifts which provide great flexibility.

  • You can donate directly to us from our donation page. By choosing this option you allow us to determine how to use your gift to address the county’s greatest needs.
  • Browse our current funds to learn about the work our current funds are already supporting and make a donation directly to one or more funds.
  • We can help you create your own charitable fund. We’ll work closely with you so we can understand your goals. You can choose how much and what kind of assets you use to start the fund, what nonprofit organizations the fund will benefit, and what to name the fund. Our staff is available to assist you, not only as you begin the fund, but throughout your lifetime. Contact Us for more information.




The Giving Circle

Have you ever wanted to give $10,000 to a great organization for an amazing project? Then you should join Centre Foundation’s Giving Circle! Each year, like-minded philanthropists like you meet to decide which local non-profit organization’s project will receive a $10,000 grant.

Centre Foundation's Giving Circle is a group of community -minded individuals who pool their resources together to make a big impact! The group meets at an annual cocktail reception to hear from three finalist organizations. While all three finalist organizations will receive a grant, the members' votes determine which finalist organization will receive a $10,000 grant! 

Since its inception in 2006, members of the Giving Circle have distributed $109,000 in grants to support programs throughout Centre County! 

Giving Circle members in good standing will meet on August 30, 2017 to vote for the next $10,000 Giving Circle grant recipient!

 * Click here to join the Giving Circle! 

 * Contact us or download a membership form today!

 * Apply for the $10,000 grant ahead of the June 23, 2017 deadline! (More information.)

 * What happened in 2016? Get all the details here.



Campbell Legacy Society

Judge R. Paul Campbell understood the value of leaving a legacy to his community when he founded Centre Foundation. Our Campbell Society honors his legacy by recognizing donors who have named Centre Foundation as a beneficiary of their estate plans. You can become a member of the Campbell Society through designating Centre Foundation in a:

  • bequest under a will
  • distribution from a trust (including a charitable remainder or lead trust)
  • charitable gift annuity
  • life insurance policy as a beneficiary
  • retirement plan (IRA, 401k, 403b) as a beneficiary
  • deferred pledge agreement

For more information about the benefits of estate planning, sample bequest language, and other tips, please click here to view a helpful brochure.

If you have included Centre Foundation in your will or other planned gift and wish to be recognized in the Campbell Society, please complete this form and contact us.

See pictures from the annual Campbell Legacy Society Luncheon from Friday, April 22, 2016 here!




Centre PACT - Philanthropic Actions Created by Teens

Centre County high school students are encouraged to apply to join the Centre PACT program, which aims to give participants a hands-on, student-led look at philanthropy, as well as learn about themselves, each other, and Centre County.  Fall recruitment will begin as schools reopen in the fall.  

For more information, click here or contact our office.  Applications for the 2017-2018 year will open in the fall.

Learn more about the impact these student philanthropists made: 2015-2016, 2016-2017