Centre Gives Breaks Record with $2,179,143 in Total Community Impact
For the ninth consecutive year, the Centre County community has broken a Centre Gives record by raising $2,179,143 via 17,078 total gifts in 36 hours.
“We are astounded by the complete outpouring of support that Centre Gives received this year, despite the challenges COVID-19 has brought. With the full support of the community behind it, Centre Gives was able to surpass its previous year’s donations by over $750,000 and set a new record of over 17,000 gifts. We are so incredibly proud of what the community has done to support the nonprofit sector in just 36 hours,” said Molly Kunkel, Executive Director of Centre Foundation.
Gifts go further during Centre Gives, thanks to stretch pools totaling $300,000 provided by Centre Foundation and the Hamer Foundation, along with $40,000 in prizes.
Prizes of $1,000 were awarded to the top five large and small organizations with the most unique donors for the entirety of Centre Gives.
Top 5 Large Organization Prize winners include: Centre County PAWS, Schlow Library Foundation, State College Food Bank, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, and Pets Come First.
Top 5 Small Organization Prize winners include: Centre Wildlife Care, Out of the Cold: Centre County, Nittany Greyhounds, The Hundred Cat Foundation, Bellefonte Art Museum.
Power Hour Prizes of $500 were awarded to the large and small organizations with the most unique donors during designated hours.
Power Hour Prize winners for large organizations include: Schlow Library Foundation, Housing Transitions, Centre Safe, Strawberry Fields, Centre County PAWS, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, ACRES Project, Pets Come First, Performing Arts School of Central PA, Discovery Space, and 3 Dots Downtown.
Power Hour Prize winners for small organizations include: TriYoga of Central PA, Nittany GreyHounds, Dyslexia Reading Center, State College Area Roller Derby, Centre Wildlife Care, Bridge of Hope Centre County, Bellefonte Art Museum, Nittany Beagle Rescue, The Hundred Cat Foundation, and Out of the Cold: Centre County.
Organizations with endowment funds at Centre Foundation had an opportunity to win an additional $500.
Endowment Prize winners include: YMCA of Centre County, Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited, The Art Alliance, and State College Meals on Wheels.
Magic Minute prizes of $100 each were awarded to the first 20 organizations that received a gift during the exact minute of 3:33 PM.
Magic Minute Prize winners include: State College Area Roller Derby, Appalachian Food Works, Centre County Library and Historical Museum, Mach One Slalom Team, Bellefonte Art Museum, Acres Project, State College Community Theatre, Rhoneymeade, Rowland Theatre, JCC Nursery School, Hands on Therapeutic Riding Program, Pets Come First, Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, 3 Dots Downtown, Park Forest Preschool, Centre County PAWS, Downtown Bellefonte, Inc., Pixie Dust Wishes, Pennsylvania Prison Society Centre County Chapter, and the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania.
At the conclusion of Centre Gives, fifteen Last Chance Prizes of $250 each were awarded to organizations that had not previously won a prize.
Last Chance Prize winners include: Howard Volunteer Fire Company, State College Choral Society, The Music Academy, Centre County Animal Response Team, Centre Region Down Syndrome Society, Bestwick Foundation, State College Friends School, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Mount Nittany Health Foundation, Taproot Kitchen, Centre Helps, Alzheimer’s Association, St. John the Evangelist School, Nittany Valley Figure Skating Club, and The Arc of Centre County.
Additionally, one organization participating in its first Centre Gives was randomly selected to win $250.
The New Participant Prize winner: The Community Cafe at St. Andrews.
Countdown to #CentreGives prizes of $250 each were randomly awarded to organizations that participated in Facebook challenges.
Countdown Prize winners include: One Dog at a Time ODAAT, The Oaks at Pleasant Gap, Easterseals, and Centre County PAWS.
Since Centre Gives began in 2012, over $10.3 million has been invested into the local nonprofit network, supporting organizations in the areas of arts, animals, education, environment, and health and social services.
Centre Gives 2020 is sponsored by many forward-thinking members of the community, including the Hamer Foundation, Nestlerode and Loy Investment Advisors, First National Bank, M&T Bank, Frost & Conn, William H. & Amy Sue Martin Fund, and Morgan Stanley. In-kind sponsors include Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
To learn more, please visit CentreGives.org.