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Centre Foundation's Marathon Fundraiser Raises More Than $550,000

by on May 24, 2013 9:50 AM

In a remarkable show of support, the State College community donated more than half a million dollars to area charities. And it happened over a span of just 36 hours, thanks to a novel online fundraising machine called Centre Gives. Eighty-two charities are beneficiaries of this program, now in its second year.

Centre Gives is sponsored by the Centre Foundation. This year's fundraiser ran from 6 a.m. Wednesday through 6 p.m. Thursday. Charities competed to see which ones could raise the most money from their supporters.

The Centre Foundation provides $100,000 dollars in matching funds, which is split between the various charities on a pro-rated basis. That means the charities that raised the most money get the biggest slice of that $100,000 pot. The Centre Foundation awards an additional $25,000 in prizes.

The whole process takes place on the internet, with donations collected online. Charities used social media, email and other alerts to get the word out to donors. 

When the two-day fundraiser wrapped up, the grand total topped $552,074, with 4,158 donors having contributed. 

"We are thrilled that this event has once again been immensely successful for the participating nonprofits," Centre Foundation financial assistant Sarah Sciabica said. "We continue to be amazed by the generosity and support this community has to offer."

Some of the top fundraising organizations are: 

  • The American Philatelic Society: 239 gifts, totaling $62,920
  • Clearwater Conservancy: 148 gifts, totaling $36,325
  • Centre Volunteers in Medicine: 178 gifts, totaling $33,100
  • Discovery Space of Pennsylvania: 117 gifts, totaling $28,455
  • The State Theatre: 252 gifts, totaling $27,898

You can view the entire leader board here

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Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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