Shakely Family Conservation Fund
In “The Legends of the Nittany Valley,” folklorist Henry Shoemaker tells the story of the American Indian King Wi-Daagh, who cast a spell on Nittany Valley so that those who visited would be captured by the spirit of the place. Whether this spell was ever a reality, Nittany Valley’s magnetic effects have proven themselves to be a very real cultural force for countless Penn Staters, residents, and visitors. Like many, the Shakely family shares an affection for Penn State and the Nittany Valley that spans generations. Tracing their American roots to their 18th-century patriarch who settled in the Sugar Creek Valley (some 60 miles north of Pittsburgh), the Shakely family has since dispersed across Pennsylvania and the nation over eight generations. At least two generations of Penn Staters have fallen under Wi-Daagh’s legendary influence and seek to perpetuate an enduring commitment to the Nittany Valley’s communities. This fund exists to support both cultural and environmental conservation as a means to strengthen civic life. As a donor-advised fund, the recipient organizations may change each year, depending on where the donor-advisors see the greatest need.
Donate to Shakely Family Conservation Fund
Supporting both cultural and environmental conseration as a means to strengthen civic life