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About Centre Foundation

Behind the Scenes of Centre Gives

Molly Kunkel

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 Gives bigger and better each year!

Carrie Ryan

Carrie Ryan joined Centre Foundation’s team in 2014 and is indispensable during Centre Gives. As the Deputy Director, she oversees all of the financial aspects of the program. Organizations can thank Carrie for the timely receipt of their Centre Gives checks following the event. Carrie’s work brings smiles to everyone!

Kerry Tolton

In 2018, Kerry Tolton joined Centre Foundation as the Development and Stewardship Director. Donors can thank Kerry for making sure donations flow smoothly to the organizations they choose to support. Kerry’s energy and new ideas bring a fresh perspective to the Centre Gives team.

Rachael Hartman

With a background in public library service, Rachael Hartman joined Centre Foundation in 2017 as the 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.

Sierra Keller

Sierra Keller joined the team in 2019 as the Communications and Events Coordinator. With caffeine in one hand and a pen in the other, Sierra is always ready to jot down Centre Foundation’s impact stories. Her talent for storytelling helps create buzz around our Centre Gives social media and marketing strategies.

Lauren Petrone

This year will mark Lauren Petrone’s fifth 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 rambunctious dog, Fredo, loves to show off his Centre Gives bandana.

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 2019, over $3,300,000 was invested into Centre County through the various programs, endowment funds, and scholarship funds that compose the $54,000,000 in community assets that Centre Foundation manages. Since Centre Foundation was established in 1981, it has distributed over $27,000,000 in grants and scholarships!

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Awards & Recognition

For the fifth year running, Centre Gives was voted “Best Fundraising Event” from 2015-2019.

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 2019
Community Accredited Foundation
PA Business Central - Top 100 Organizations 2016