Our Mission

To inspire and facilitate a culture of
giving to create a vibrant community

Executive Director’s Message

T

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.

It’s been a true inspiration to lead the foundation through these first challenging years of this new decade, and it gives me so much hope as I look towards the foundation’s future. I am honored to be able to share stories of our past in the pages of this magazine, to acknowledge the work and dedication of all the people who have worked through the years to make this the successful organization we are today, and to look forward to an exciting future. I know we stand on the shoulders of many amazing community members, and I hope you enjoyed reading just a few of their stories.

We would love to help you create your own story and continue to build a more vibrant Centre County community.

Molly Kunkel
Executive Director, Centre Foundation

Left to right: Centre Foundation staff members Carrie Ryan, Rachael Hartman, Lauren Petrone, Allison Wulfhorst, Kerry Tolton, and Molly Kunkel
Left to right: Centre Foundation staff members Carrie Ryan, Rachael Hartman, Lauren Petrone, Allison Wulfhorst, Kerry Tolton, and Molly Kunkel