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About Centre Foundation

Behind the Scenes of Centre Gives

Molly Kunkel and Martha

Centre Gives was the brainchild of Centre Foundation’s Executive Director, Molly Kunkel. She launched the program in 2012 and has overseen its growth as it has become the community’s favorite fundraising event. Her vision inspires us to make Centre Give bigger and better each year!

Carrie Ryan

Carrie Ryan joined Centre Foundation’s team in 2014 and is indispensable during Centre Gives. As Deputy Director she oversees all of the financial aspects of the program. Donors can thank Carrie for making sure donations flow smoothly to the organizations they choose to support, and organizations can thank her for the timely receipt of their Centre Gives checks following the event. Carrie’s work brings smiles to everyone!

Rachael Hartman

With a background in public library service, Rachael Hartman joined Centre Foundation in 2017 as Grants and Community Impact Coordinator. From the application period in January through the end of Centre Gives in May, Rachael is the go-to resource for nonprofits looking to have a successful event. Her eclectic taste in music helps keep staff focused and motivated.

Shalen Perehinec

In 2017, our youngest team member, Shalen Perehinec, joined Centre Foundation as the Communications & Events Coordinator, bringing high energy, social media savvy, and lots of cat pictures. She is happy to explain the workings of Snapchat to her fellow staff and take the lead on social media and marketing strategies for Centre Gives.

Lauren Petrone and Fredo

This year will mark Lauren Petrone’s third Centre Gives experience. When she’s not busy coordinating Centre Foundation’s scholarship program, this Centre Gives aficionado can be found supporting the social media team and answering inquiries from participating organizations and donors. Her adorable dog, Fredo, loves to model his Centre Gives bandana around the office.

Beyond Centre Gives - Centre Foundation 365

All year long, Centre Foundation carries out its impactful mission:

To inspire and facilitate a culture of giving which creates a vibrant community.

In 2017, over $3,000,000 was invested into Centre County through the various programs, endowment funds, and scholarship funds that compose the $40,000,000 in community assets that Centre Foundation manages. Since Centre Foundation was established in 1981, it has distributed over $21,000,000 in grants and scholarships!

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Awards & Recognition

Centre Gives was voted “Best Fundraising Event” for three years running, in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Centre Foundation has been accredited for having organizational and financial practices that are in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. The Foundation was also voted one of Central Pennsylvania’s “Top 100 Organizations” in 2016!

State College Magazine - Best of 2017
Community Accredited Foundation
PA Business Central - Top 100 Organizations 2016