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What is Centre Gives?

Centre Gives is an annual online giving event designed to encourage community giving and to support the great work of Centre County nonprofits during 36 hours – starting at 8:00 am on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 and ending at 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 9, 2024.

During Centre Gives, donors may visit to make secure donations to their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The minimum donation is $10, and every dollar donated to participating nonprofits goes further thanks to the Centre Gives stretch pools provided by Centre Foundation and the Hamer Foundation. Your gift could also help qualify your favorite nonprofits to win additional cash prizes!

This exciting community giving event is hosted by Centre Foundation and supported by our community impact funds and partnerships with local businesses.

Why is Centre Foundation hosting Centre Gives?

In 2012, Centre Foundation established Centre Gives to support and raise awareness of Centre County's many nonprofit organizations and the incredible work they're doing in our community. Since its inception, over $17 million has been invested into our community through Centre Gives, benefitting over 200 local organizations.

Since 1981, Centre Foundation has remained dedicated to its mission: To inspire and facilitate a culture of giving and engagement that cultivates a vibrant, equitable, and inclusive community. To learn more about Centre Foundation's work in the community, we invite you to visit our website

Why should I donate through Centre Gives rather than directly to my favorite organizations?

During Centre Gives, every dollar donated to local organizations will be stretched by a $200,000 stretch pool and $100,000 bonus stretch pool provided by Centre Foundation and the Hamer Foundation. The more an organization raises during Centre Gives, the larger their portion of the stretch pools will be. Your donations through Centre Gives may also help your favorite organizations win additional prizes throughout the event!

What is the minimum donation?

Beginning in 2020, the minimum donation for Centre Gives was reduced from $25 to $10, and we're glad to announce that the $10 minimum will remain in place for Centre Gives 2024. We hope that this will continue to allow more people in our community to participate and give back at a level of their choosing. Centre Gives is made great by our generous community!

What is the maximum donation?

There is no maximum donation amount; however, only the first $10,000 of a donation will be eligible for the stretch pools. Multiple $10,000 gifts to different organizations are accepted; the initial $10,000 gift to each organization will qualify for the stretch pools.

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.

Anyone who holds a Donor-Advised Fund at Centre Foundation may recommend distributions to participating organizations prior to the event. These grant distributions will qualify for the stretch pool through Centre Gives.

Centre Foundation will also accept gifts of stock and Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) from IRAs prior to the event. Please contact our office at (814) 237-6229 or for more information.

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

Yes, Centre Gives donations are tax deductible! 

A formal email tax receipt will be sent automatically as soon as a donation is submitted. Donors who give to multiple organizations at the same time will receive a consolidated receipt. If you need any assistance retrieving your receipt, please contact Centre Foundation at (814) 237-6229 or and our staff will be happy to assist you.

How will my donations 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).

I donated, how else can I show my support?

Thank you! Your generosity is making an impact in our community and helping your favorite organizations continue their important work.

Want to amplify your impact? Share this community-focused event with your family and friends! Use #CentreGives when you post about it on social media and keep the conversation going about your favorite participating nonprofits. Check out the links at the top-right of this page for all the resources you need to help spread the word about Centre Gives. 

Connect with Centre Foundation on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with all things Centre Foundation and Centre Gives.

Can organizations encourage donations by giving away prizes or free gifts?

Unfortunately not. All donations made during Centre Gives must be 100% tax deductible. Organizations may not offer gifts, memberships in excess of $75 (per IRS Membership Benefits Exception), raffle tickets or lottery tickets as a benefit in exchange for donations made during the event.

What constitutes a unique donor for prizes calculations?

Unique donors are determined by an algorithm that considers many data points, including 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 and/or credit card numbers. Or a wife and husband may use the same credit card and/or address to donate, but they will be considered unique donors because their names are different.

When will prize recipients be announced?

Final prize distributions may differ from leaderboard results, as all gifts are subject to verification. Centre Foundation will strive to confirm and announce all prize recipients within three business days.

Is donating through safe?

Yes. Centre Foundation has partnered with Contributary and 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 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.

Can participating organizations be disqualified?

Centre Foundation reserves the right to disqualify any organization from participating in the event and/or receiving stretch pool dollars or prizes at any time before, during, or after the event, if, in its sole discretion, it believes that there has been a breach of rules and/or deception on the part of the organization.

I have more questions!

We are here to answer your questions. Please contact Centre Foundation staff at or (814) 237-6229 if you have any questions or need further assistance.

Additional Resources

Below, please find Centre Gives marketing materials to use as you share the excitement of #CentreGives!

View the complete Centre Gives Toolkit.

Centre Gives 2024

Centre Foundation's 36-hour online giving event is set to begin on May 8 at 8 am and conclude on May 9 at 8 pm. This event is designed to support the great work of local nonprofits serving Centre County.