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2017-02-24 / Top 100 Organizations

Centre Foundation

State College
Est. 1981

Centre Foundation is proud to be Centre County’s community foundation, with a mission to inspire and facilitate a culture of giving which creates a vibrant community.

In 2016, over $2 million was invested into Centre County through the various programs, endowment funds, and scholarship funds that compose the $33 million in community assets that Centre Foundation manages. Since Centre Foundation was established in 1981, it has distributed over $18 million in grants and scholarships.

Centre Foundation established the 36-hour online giving event called Centre Gives in 2012. Since then, generous local donors have invested over $4 million in over 130 nonprofit organizations serving Centre County in the areas of animals, arts, education, environment and health and social services. Centre Gives has been voted the Best Fundraising Event two years in a row.

Community partnerships that encourage collaboration and transformation are a passion of the foundation’s five-member staff and visionary board. This passion has supported projects like the Book Benches of Centre County, Food Centres and Centred Outdoors. As a designated Knight Community, they also work with the Knight Foundation to facilitate community projects like Light Up State College.

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