Centre Foundation IMPACT 2021

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Celebrating 40
years of ensuring
lasting impact in
our community
2021
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Celebrating Forty Years

Commemorating four decades of philanthropy, community support, and positive change.
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orty years ago, Centre Foundation began with a simple vision: to galvanize support for Centre County’s nonprofit organizations and the invaluable services they provide in our community. This vision, which began with R. Paul Campbell in 1981, continues today under the direction of Molly Kunkel, the foundation’s current Executive Director, and an active and engaged staff and Board of Directors.

In this magazine, you’ll follow Centre Foundation’s journey from its earliest days as a volunteer-led effort to where it stands now, a trusted community partner and robust grantmaker. Many remarkable people have been involved in shaping the foundation in its first four decades. In these pages, you’ll find stories of just some of these individuals and the positive change they helped create.

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The 1980s

The 1980s marked the creation of Centre Foundation and the beginning of a long legacy filled with generous members dedicated to our community.
Old photograph of R. Paul Campbell reading document
R. Paul Campbell was the driving force behind the establishment of Centre Foundation.
Mimi Barash Coppersmith
Mimi Barash Coppersmith, the first woman to chair the foundation’s board of directors.
Harold O’Connor
Harold O’Connor, supporter and board chair at the end of the first decade of the foundation, and his wife, Nancy.
Henry Sahakian
Henry Sahakian, an early supporter and board member of Centre Foundation.
R. Paul Campbell was the driving force behind the establishment of Centre Foundation.
Centre County Community Foundation was established by Judge R. Paul Campbell.

1981

The first fund was established by the Centre Communities chapter of the American Red Cross through an estate gift and benefits the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

1982

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Establishing a Legacy of Community Giving

How a local judge and a small group of community-minded leaders paved the way.
Portrait of Dick Campbell in blue suit sitting on box with picture frame

Dick Campbell, one of Paul and Ora Campbell’s sons, still works with the foundation to continue his father’s legacy.

R. Paul Campbell served Centre County as a judge for 20 years but always knew what he wanted to do when he retired.
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hough he was ethically bound from fundraising or advocating for community organizations while serving on the bench, he laid out detailed plans for what would become Centre County’s community foundation and worked to make sure the county’s power players were on board with the idea when it was time to spring into action.

That effort launched in earnest after Campbell retired in 1977 and the Centre County Community Foundation, now Centre Foundation, officially opened its doors in 1981. Campbell’s son Richard “Dick” Campbell said his father’s experience as an attorney proved useful in more ways than one during the organization’s formative years.

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The 1990s

The 1990s saw the expansion of endowments, which provide vital support to nonprofits in perpetuity.
Fred Faber standing on square with arms raised
Fred Farber was an active board member and board chair in the 1990s.
three members of the Centre Foundation standing in front of a Bookmobile in 1999
In 1999, Centre Foundation provided funding for the purchase of a new Bookmobile for the Centre County Library.
black and white photograph of Dayton and Sheri Coles
Dayton and Sheri Coles established the Golden Rule Fund to benefit the community they loved.
Fred Farber was an active board member and board chair in the 1990s.
Jim and Ellen Campbell
Jim and Ellen Campbell established one of the earliest organizational endowments to support Strawberry Fields.
Nittany and Bald Eagle Green Way project
In 1997, Centre Foundation provided funding to Clearwater Conservancy for the Nittany and Bald Eagle Green Way project.
Centre County Community Foundation receives its first allocation of Benjamin Franklin funds equaling $29,000 to grant to qualified nonprofit organizations in Centre and surrounding counties.
1990
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Building a Brighter Future Through Endowments

Why donors and their families choose to make a lasting impact.
Brian Kissinger shares his family’s legacy of supporting community organizations through endowments.
Brian Kissinger
Brian Kissinger wearing sunglasses
As the foundation entered its second decade, the conversation about its future shifted from its initial gifts to planning for long-term success. Endowments provided the perfect opportunity for donors to create a lasting legacy and stay connected to the community.
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ayton and Sheri Coles saw that opportunity for connection firsthand when they created the Golden Rule Fund, a fund that supports organizations that embody the mission of “do unto others.” The fund was created in recognition of Centre Foundation founder, R. Paul Campbell, with whom Dayton worked as an attorney in State College.

Since it was established, the fund has supported organizations including Discovery Space, Global Connections, and the State College Friends School. Dayton and Sheri now live in California, but the fund creates a lasting connection for them to the place they lived in and loved for many years.

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The 2000s

The 2000s provided new ways for donors to play a more active role in philanthropy.
Jeff Bower smiling and looking up
Jeff Bower, a board chair in the 80s, helped the foundation accept gifts of property through the subsidiary organization Foundation Properties, Inc.
Richard Kalin sitting with his wife Sally standing behind him with her hands on his shoulders
Richard Kalin was board chair in the middle of the decade, and he and his wife Sally were among the first to open a donor-advised fund.
Bellefonte’s Tallyrand Park during the day
In 2005, a grant provided new benches in Bellefonte’s Tallyrand Park.
The front entrance of the The State Theatre in the daytime
Early in the decade, the foundation provided a significant grant to support the restoration and reopening of The State Theatre.
Richard Kalin was board chair in the middle of the decade, and he and his wife Sally were among the first to open a donor-advised fund.
Foundation Properties, Inc. is founded and the community foundation begins receiving real assets, such as real estate, jewelry, art, etc. in addition to cash and securities.

2000

Bob Potter becomes the first full time executive director of the foundation and the first office location is opened.

2001

Transforming Donors into Advisors in the New Millennium

Transforming Donors into Advisors in the New Millennium

By supporting the causes they care most about, donors create deeper connections to their community.
Riggs Griffith
Riggs Griffith, a board member and Investment Committee member, invested in a donor-advised fund to support the community.
As the 21st century began, donors were looking for ways to be more involved in their philanthropy.
Dolores Taricani
Dolores Taricani, a past board chair and long-term supporter, was instrumental in establishing the Giving Circle.
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n response, Centre Foundation began to explore and implement new initiatives that allowed donors to be active participants in the foundation’s granting.

This led to the formation of the Giving Circle, which was established in 2006 as the Anniversary Circle in honor of the foundation’s 25th anniversary. Dolores Taricani was board chair at the time and credits former executive director Bob Potter with the idea of bringing community members together by pooling small donations that would add up to a $10,000 grant for an organization chosen by those donors.

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The 2010s

The 2010s allowed Centre Foundation to increase community impact by harnessing new technology and including new perspectives.
3 Dots Downtown
3 Dots Downtown was established in 2017 with a grant from the foundation.
largest ice lantern display
Centre Foundation sponsors “Light Up State College” to win the Guinness World Record for largest ice lantern display.
art benches in Centre County
The foundation’s first Centre Inspires grant funded the installation of 25 art benches throughout Centre County.
Don Strickler
Don Strickler generously donated the building which currently houses the foundation offices.
woman holding ipad with 2017 Centre Gives Total of $1,405,681
In 2012, the foundation creates Centre Gives, the first county-wide online fundraiser in Centre County.
In 2012, the foundation creates Centre Gives, the first county-wide online fundraiser in Centre County.
Centre County Community Foundation re-brands as Centre Foundation.
2011
The library technology project is funded to provide internet to all public Centre County libraries.
2011
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Expanding the Foundation’s Reach

Making philanthropy more accessible for all.
Hope Bodenschatz
Hope Bodenschatz was a member of the first high school class of Centre PACT and continued to participate through college, becoming the first Centre PACT Coordinator in 2018.
By 2010, ecommerce and social media were quickly becoming a way of life for many of us.
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owever, a number of nonprofits lagged behind in their ability to pivot to online fundraising and thereby faced the threat of losing donors. Younger donors were especially primed for the shift to online fundraising. Once again, Centre Foundation proved to be an innovative organization, adapting to thrive in the digital age while bringing the power of giving to more community members.

The most significant innovation came in the form of Centre Gives, which has come to be known as the foundation’s signature event. Centre Gives raises millions of dollars each year from donors throughout Centre County and beyond for local nonprofits through the power of online giving.

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The 2020s

The 2020s brought unforeseen challenges, as well as new opportunities to bring the community closer together.
Kate Bennett Truitt is part of Centre Foundation’s future as incoming board chair for 2022
Kate Bennett Truitt is part of Centre Foundation’s future as incoming board chair for 2022.
Timeka Tounsel, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Media Studies at Penn State, is one of the newest members of the foundation board
Timeka Tounsel, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Media Studies at Penn State, is one of the newest members of the foundation board. She is actively involved in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and is also a member of the Grants Committee.
Foundation efforts to expand Centre Gives in response to the needs of local organizations led to record-breaking years in 2020 and 2021
Foundation efforts to expand Centre Gives in response to the needs of local organizations led to record-breaking years in 2020 and 2021.
Kate Bennett Truitt is part of Centre Foundation’s future as incoming board chair for 2022.
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Centre Foundation creates the Centre Foundation COVID-19 ACTION Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, committing $500,000 in assistance to nonprofit organizations.

2020

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Giving Circle goes virtual and grants $19,000 in total and the most ever, to CentrePeace, Centre County Youth Service Bureau, and Centre Volunteers in Medicine.

2020

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Meeting New Challenges

How Centre Foundation plans to address our community’s changing needs in its fifth decade and beyond.
Lydia Abdullah has been a dedicated supporter of the foundation, and recently began her second term as a member of the board of directors.
Lydia Abdullah has been a dedicated supporter of the foundation, and recently began her second term as a member of the board of directors
Lydia Abdullah has been a dedicated supporter of the foundation, and recently began her second term as a member of the board of directors.
The newest decade has brought with it unforeseen challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest, environmental crises, and more.
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ut just because something is a challenge doesn’t mean that it’s insurmountable. Centre Foundation is facing the decade’s new challenges head-on to reach solutions with inspirational board members like Kate Bennett Truitt and Lydia Abdullah, forward-thinking donors like Hugh and Janyce Mose, and a staff who is passionate for bringing the best to the Centre County community.

Our Mission

To inspire and facilitate a culture of
giving to create a vibrant community
Executive Director’s Message
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he start of this decade has certainly brought a range of challenges to Centre County as we’ve seen the effects of a pandemic and the economic and social instability which came as a result.

To some, this may seem like a difficult time to celebrate an anniversary. But for me, it has created the opportunity to employ the amazing capacity of Centre Foundation’s unique role in the community. By using the connections and capacity forged during our 40-year history, we have been able to provide the support and assistance that so much of our county needed. We are thankful we have been able to assist in combatting the pandemic’s effects on our community by helping local nonprofits continue to offer or expand their services.

Awards & Recognition

We are proud to share the accolades we have recently received, none of which would have been possible without the support of community members like you.
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Centre Gives—Voted “Best Fundraising Event in State College” for seven years in a row by State College Magazine

Top 100 Organizations 2019

Voted one of Central Pennsylvania’s “Top 100 Organizations” for six years in a row by Pennsylvania Business Central

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Centre Foundation has been accredited for having organizational and financial practices that are in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

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Information

1377 Ridge Master Drive
State College, PA 16803
(814) 237-6229
Info@Centre-Foundation.org
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On the cover: Siblings Bob Campbell, Dick Campbell, and Nancy Slagle carry on their father’s legacy.
On the back cover: Timeka Tounsel, one of Centre Foundation’s newest board members.
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