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Centre Gives Shatters Record Total for Local Nonprofits

by on May 14, 2020 12:05 AM

The Centre County community came through in a big way for local nonprofit organizations during this year's Centre Gives.

Centre Foundation's 36-hour online giving event raised a record $2,179,143 between 9 a.m. Tuesday and 9 p.m. Wednesday. The total well surpassed the previous record total of $1,441,885 set in 2019.

The total included 17,078 gifts to 180 participating organizations. It was another steep increase over last year, when there were 9,503 gifts.

“We are astounded by the complete outpouring of support that Centre Gives received this year, despite the challenges COVID-19 has brought," said Molly Kunkel, executive director of Centre Foundation. "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.”

The support comes as nonprofits face their own challenges during the pandemic, from an inability to hold their typical fundraisers that sustain their work to an increased demand for services.

While the in-person events that often accompany Centre Gives could not be held, the foundation took several measures to expand giving opportunities. 

The minimum gift during Centre Gives was lowered from $25 to $10, giving more community members an opportunity to support nonprofits working in the areas of arts, animals, education, environment and health and social services.

Available prize pool money for the friendly competitions that take place throughout the event increased from $27,000 to $40,000. And the stretch pool also increased by $100,000 for an available $300,000. The Centre Gives stretch pool allows gifts to go farther: the more money a nonprofit raises, the greater its share of the pool.

Among the prizes were $1,000 to the top five large and small organizations with the most unique donors during the 36 hours.

Large organization prize winners were: Centre County PAWS, Schlow Library Foundation, State College Food Bank, Centre Volunteers in Medicine and Pets Come First.

Small organization prize winners were: Centre Wildlife Care, Out of the Cold: Centre County, Nittany Greyhounds, The Hundred Cat Foundation and Bellefonte Art Museum.

For more prize winners and organization totals, visit 

Since its inception in 2012, Centre Gives has raised more than $10.3 million for the local nonprofit network.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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