Impact Stories

Building a Brighter Future Through Endowments

Why donors and their families choose to make a lasting impact.  As the foundation entered its second decade, the conversation about its future shifted from its initial gifts to planning... Read More >

Establishing a Legacy of Community Giving

How a local judge and a small group of community-minded leaders paved the way R. Paul Campbell served Centre County as a judge for 20 years but always knew what... Read More >

Remembering Henry Sahakian and Diane Kerly

Our hearts have been heavy in recent months as we learned of the passing of two great friends to Centre Foundation, Diane Kerly and Henry Sahakian. Both were involved with... Read More >

Centre Gives – Giving back to the community that has given so much

“I knew what we were facing was potentially very different from what our friends were facing,” said Karen Marosi, Director of Student Engagement, Associate Teaching Professor in Earth and Mineral... Read More >

Centre PACT – Students realize that unity and common goals are a path to greater impact

For Emma Neely, participating in Centre PACT this year was particularly meaningful. The program, which brings together Centre County high school students to identify community problems, raise funds, and issue... Read More >

Giving Circle – For individuals and community to thrive, communication is key

At the annual Giving Circle reception, members voted to fund a Community Conferencing program here in Centre County with an $11,000 grant to CentrePeace and the Center for Alternatives in... Read More >

Centre Foundation + Knight Foundation – Big impact doesn’t happen overnight but this is about as close as it gets

In April, Centre Foundation in conjunction with the Knight Foundation responded to the Coronavirus pandemic by establishing the Centre Foundation COVID-19 ACTION (Activating Contributions to Invest in Operations of Nonprofits)... Read More >

Philanthropy: A Family Tradition

As young adults, Scott and Terri Thompson met and fell in love in the warm, sunny city of Dallas, Texas. At the time, Scott was working for Texas Instruments, while... Read More >

Portrait of a Philanthropist

“This guy isn’t going to be sitting around saying, ‘I wish I would have’… and that’s what I tell people,” Dave Whiteman affirms. “It’s about creating balance, so you can... Read More >

The Sweet Sound of Community

When members of the Nittany Valley Symphony perform together, they intertwine their diverse backgrounds and levels of experience to create perfect harmony. “This is a volunteer community orchestra,” says Roberta... Read More >