Giving Circle
Imagine giving $10,000 to a great organization for an amazing project!

By joining the Giving Circle, you can make a positive impact in the community!

How it Works

It’s simple. Local philanthropists like you pool your contributions, and each year you decide which transformative community project receives a $10,000 grant. To learn more about the Giving Circle’s impact, read our 2020 event recap.

As a Giving Circle member, you take action by:

  • Encouraging your favorite nonprofits to apply for grant funding
  • Reviewing submitted project proposals
  • Selecting your three favorite proposals to advance to the final vote
  • Attending the fall cocktail reception where finalists pitch their proposals
  • Casting your vote, live at the event, to determine the $10,000 grant winner
  • Celebrating your impact with grant recipients at a spring gathering

Benefits of Joining the Giving Circle

  • Engaging with fellow community-minded philanthropists
  • Amplifying your giving by pooling resources
  • Interacting directly with local nonprofit organization representatives
  • Having fun while creating a more vibrant Centre County


The Giving Circle offers two membership levels: 

  • Giving Circle Member – $250 annually  /  $20.83 monthly
  • Giving Circle VIP – $500 annually /  $41.67 monthly
Join the Giving Circle today to be part of the impact across Centre County!
Projects in the running for 2021:
  • 3 Dots Downtown: Social Justice Cultural Catalyst Program
  • A Soldier’s Hands: The Next 564 Troops
  • ACRES Project: Not Everyone Has Superpowers
  • Bellefonte Art Museum: Our Global Neighborhood
  • Boal Estate: Historic Greenhouse Restoration & Butterfly Vivarium
  • Boalsburg Heritage Museum: Telling Our Story in the 21st Century
  • Centre Helps: Basic Needs/Hotline Services
  • Centre LifeLink EMS, Inc: 2022 Awards Banquet
  • Centre Wildlife Care: CWC Forever
  • Discovery Space: Discover New Skills at The Rivet
  • Dyslexia Reading Center: Summer Reading Program
  • Friends of the Library of Philipsburg: Holt Memorial Library Children’s Area Upgrades
  • Go ReEntry Specialists, Inc: Go ReEntry Program
  • Interfaith Human Services: Financial Care Expansion
  • Jana Marie Foundation: Teen Mental Health First Aid
  • Mountain Top Area Swimming Pool: Pump System
  • Penns Valley Youth Center: K-5 After School Program
  • Reliance Fire Company #1: Engine Repairs for Truck 57
  • Rising Hope Therapeutic Riding Center: Veteran Pavilion
  • Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy: All-School Retreat
  • Snow Shoe Ambulance & Rescue Service: EMS Turnout Gear
  • State College Area Rowing: Adaptive Rowing Equipment
  • SCASD Education Foundation: Helping Hands Pantry
  • State College Community Land Trust: Solar Power for Permanent Affordability
  • State College SDA Church Diaper Bank: Diaper Bank
  • The Crooked House: The Crooked House
  • The State Theatre: The State Theatre Mobile Box Office
Giving Circle Cocktail Reception November 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm Axemann Brewery Bellefonte, PA 16823
Is your organization interested in receiving a Giving Circle grant?
Since its inception, Giving Circle members have distributed $175,000 in grants to support dynamic programs throughout Centre County.
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Ready to partner with Centre Foundation? Contact Kerry Tolton to get started today.