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FAQ

Below, please find some frequently asked questions that we’ve heard from Centre Gives donors over the years.  If your question isn’t answered below, please feel free to call Centre Foundation at (814) 237-6229 and our staff will be happy to answer your questions.  Thank you!


Quick Answers


Check out this short video that will show you the benefits of Centre Gives!

Your donations through Centre Gives not only qualify your favorite organization for a larger share of Centre Foundation’s $200,000 stretch pool, but also help organizations qualify for additional prize money.   Although there is a 5% participation fee for organizations, which includes the credit card processing fee, the pro-rated stretch pool has historically exceeded that percentage.

How can I help my favorite non-profit organization have a successful Centre Gives experience?

Contact your favorite organization about their plans for Centre Gives: physical events, phone banking, and other plans they may have in the works.  Share your ideas and energy with them.  Remember, the more unique donors, the more prize possibilities there are; the more money an organization raises, the larger their share of the $200,000 stretch pool will be!  So, jump in to the fun of #CentreGives, get creative, and let’s make an impact in Centre County!

Who hosts Centre Gives?

In 2012, Centre Foundation established Centre Gives as the first online giving event to benefit Centre County non-profit organizations.  For a behind the scenes peek at the people behind Centre Gives and to learn more about Centre Foundation's activites 365 days a year, please click here.

What forms of donations are accepted?

All online donations must be made via credit or debit card. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted. Cash or check donations are not accepted. Donations are tax deductible and irrevocable (donations will not be refunded) and will be for the use of your chosen charity.

Centre Foundation Donor Advised Funds will be able to recommend distributions to participating organizations prior to the event; these grant distributions will qualify for the stretch pool through Centre Gives.

What is the minimum donation?

The minimum donation is $25.00, so for just $25 bucks you can be a philanthropist during Centre Gives!

What is the maximum donation?

There is no maximum donation, you generous soul, you!  However, only the first $10,000 of a donation will be eligible for the $200,000 stretch pool.  Multiple $10,000 gifts to multiple organizations are accepted; each initial $10,000 gift to each organization will qualify for the stretch pool.

I donated, now what?

Thank you! Your generosity is making an impact in Centre County!  Now, it’s time to amplify your impact by sharing this fun, competitive, and beneficial event with your family and friends.  Use #CentreGives to post on social media, send an email, or tell a co-worker about Centre Gives. Check out the links at the top-right of this page for some graphic resources to help you promote Centre Gives to your friends and family.

Will my donation be tax-deductible and how do I get my receipt?

Yes, donations are tax deductible!  Your receipt contains tax-deductible information to save for your files.

Receipts are automatically e-mailed to the e-mail address provided during the donation process.  If you do not receive it, you can scroll to the very bottom of this page, click Lost Receipt, and have it resent.  You can also check your junk folder for e-mails from “CentreGives@Centre-Foundation.org.”  If no receipt is found after taking these steps, please call Centre Foundation’s office at (814) 237-6229 and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Is donating through CentreGives.org safe?

Yes. Centre Foundation has partnered with Stripe to provide a secure online donation form. All donations made using Stripe’s donation forms use industry-leading Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to protect your information and provide a safe and secure environment for online donors.

How will this show up on my credit card statement?

“Centre Gives, LLC” will appear on your credit card statement.  However, rest assured that your donation(s) will be designated to the appropriate organization(s).

How will my information be used?

Donors participating in Centre Gives will have their name, email, billing address, phone number, and contribution amount shared with the nonprofit organization to which the contribution will be credited. If you choose to give anonymously, this information will not be shared with the organization designated for your gift. Centre Foundation does not retain credit card information and your personal data will not be shared with or sold to any outside vendor or third party, except to provide the services you requested.

We use personal information that we collect to provide you services or event registrations that you requested, to send you email confirmations and/or tax receipts for your online transactions, to notify you about Centre Foundation events or special giving opportunities, to provide you with news and updates, to comply with legal requirements and other information related to the mission of Centre Foundation. Donor names may be recognized in the annual report or other forms of public recognition, unless you designate your gift as anonymous.

Centre Foundation may disclose your personal information to comply with any court order, law or legal process, including a response to any government or regulatory request. If a request for personal information is made, the Foundation will notify the individual prior to the release, to allow the individual to respond to the agency. If you wish to opt-out or unsubscribe from any Centre Foundation services or communications, please contact our office.

What constitutes a unique donor for prizes calculations?

Unique donors are determined by an algorithm that considers many data points, such as first and last name, credit card number, and address.  So it may happen that two donors have the same name, but the system will know them as unique donors because they have different addresses or credit card numbers.  Or a wife and husband may use the same credit card or address to donate, but they will be considered unique donors because their names are different.

How does the stretch pool work?

Centre Foundation’s $200,000 stretch pool will be pro-rated, meaning that each organization will receive a percentage of the $200,000 based on how much it raises. If the total of all eligible gifts raised during Centre Gives is $400,000 then the pro-rated match will be $.25 on the dollar. Using this example, an organization that raised $10,000 out of a total of $400,000 raised would receive an additional $2,500 from Centre Foundation’s matching funds.

What is Centre Gives and why is it a good opportunity for our community?

Centre Gives is a 36 hour giving event, raising funds and awareness for local organizations for 6 years. Check out this short video to find out how it works. Since 2012 when Centre Gives began, it has benefitted over 150 local charities throughout Centre County, enhancing services across many interest areas - arts, animals, education, environment, and health & social services – and investing more than $4,000,000 in donations, prizes, and stretch pool funds into our community.

Additional Resources

Below, please find Centre Gives logos to use on social media or in emails with your friends and family as you share the excitement of #CentreGives!

Centre Gives 2017

What is Centre Gives? How does it work? Learn the answers to these questions and why so many people enjoy this annual 36-hour online giving event!