Centre Foundation’s Blog Has Moved!

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Centre Gives 2013 Prizes

With Centre Gives nearly two weeks away, it is time to announce this year’s prize list. We are very excited to tell you that this year we will be offering $25,000 in prizes! That is an increase of over $10,000 from last year!

$5,000 Grand Prize – to the organization with the most unique donors*
$4,000 Second Place – to the organization with the 2nd most unique donors
$3,000 Third Place – to the organization with the 3rd most unique donors
$2,000 Fourth Place – to the organization with the 4th most unique donors
$1,000 Fifth Place – to the organization with the 5th most unique donors

$1,000 Big Start Prize – to the organization that is the first to have 25 unique donors

$1,000 Happy Hour Prize – to the organization that has the most unique donors between 4 and 6 pm on May 22nd

$1,000 Big Start Prize Day 2 – to the organization that is the first to receive 25 unique donations after midnight on May 23rd

$1,000 Big Finish Prize – to the organization that has the most unique donors between 5 and 6 pm on May 23rd

$1,000 Going the Distance Prize – to the organization that receives a gift from the donor who is the farthest distance from Centre County. (Distance of donor will be calculated based on the billing address associated with the credit/debit card used for donation. Distance will be measured from the Centre Foundation office using Google Maps distance calculator.)

$1,000 Meet the Match Prize – to the organization that receives the first donation that puts the total raised over $100,000

$1,500 Trend Setter Prize – to the organization that has the most tweets using the #centregives hashtag. Anyone may tweet the hashtag, but the organization’s twitter handle must be tagged in order to be counted towards their total. (Your organization must have a twitter account to be eligible for this prize.)

$1,000 Beat the Best Prize – to the organization that receives the first prize that puts us over last year’s total of $415,000 raised.

*A unique donor is defined as an individual or corporation/business. Organizations are prohibited from donation to themselves. Donors are encouraged to make gifts to multiple organizations of their choice and each organization will be allowed to count that donor.

Periodically throughout the event, donors will be selected at random during specified time periods and $100 will be added to their donation. These prizes are as follows:

First Donation Prize, 6am-7am, May 22nd
Breakfast Prize, 8am-9am, May 22nd
Coffee Break Prize, 10am-11am, May 22nd
Lunch Time Special Prize, 12pm-1pm, May 22nd
Afternoon Break Prize, 3pm-4pm, May 22nd
Quitting Time Prize, 4pm-5pm, May 22nd
Dinner Time Prize, 7pm-8pm, May 22nd
Bedtime Prize, 10pm-11pm, May 22nd
Night Owl Prize, 12am-1am, May 23rd
Early Bird Prize, 5am-6am, May 23rd
Breakfast Prize – Day 2, 8am-9am, May 23rd
Coffee Break Prize – Day 2, 10am-11am, May 23rd
Final Countdown Prize 1, 3pm-4pm, May 23rd
Final Countdown Prize 2, 4pm-5pm, May 23rd
Final Countdown Prize 3,5pm-6pm, May 23rd

We hope that you are as excited as we are about these awesome prizes! The Centre Gives website should be updated this week with a list of participating organizations, and the prize information can be found there as well.


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Program Assistant Erin Rowley leaving Centre Foundation

It is with mixed emotions that I am bringing this blog post to you.  This Friday, April 26th, is Erin’s last day with Centre Foundation.

Erin has been with us for just over two years, and in that time she has moved us forward leaps and bounds in the realm of social media. If you follow us here, on Facebook, or on Twitter, then you have seen the great content to which I am referring. Erin helped us successfully navigate and execute the inaugural year of Centre Gives and has planned any and all Centre Foundation events you may have attended.

Many of you have worked closely with Erin on a variety of projects. We know you understand how invaluable she is to our team and how much she will be missed. She has become “the high mistress of Centre Gives”, our expert on all things social media, and a tireless provider of excellent customer service.

It is with the warmest regards that we wish Erin luck with her new position at hibu in Philadelphia, and with all of her future endeavors.

As you may have guessed, I will be taking over the primary role for both Centre Gives and all of our social media. I’m very excited to begin sharing our news and content with you, and I look forward to working with organizations participating in Centre Gives to ensure its continued success.

-Sarah Sciabica

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Two months until Centre Gives 2013!

SupportElectronicSign_DSC_1373Wednesday marked the first day of spring – though it sure didn’t feel like it with all the snow we’ve gotten this week. So let’s focus on a happier landmark.

Today, March 22, marks exactly two months until the start of Centre Gives 2013!

We’re very excited about this year’s event, and are working hard to make it even better than last year’s. That’ll be tough, since the event raised about $415,000 last year, but, with your help, we’re confident we can do it!


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Centre Foundation Executive Director Al Jones to retire this year

Centre County Community Foundation Executive Director Alfred Jones

Centre County Community Foundation Executive Director Al Jones

Centre Foundation Executive Director Al Jones has announced that he will retire this year, following a search for his successor.

Al has served as executive director since 2009, and served on the foundation’s board prior to that.

The Centre Daily Times has a great article (and a nice photo!) about his retirement in today’s paper.

The article talks about Al’s many accomplishments as executive director, including the one he says he is most proud of, the creation of Centre Gives, an online fundraising initiative that raised about $415,000 in 2012, its first year. Centre Gives will take place once again this year, on May 22 & 23.

Al said he will miss seeing the staff every day – we’ll miss him too! – but what he’ll miss most is “knowing that what I do every day makes the community a little better — that I help make a difference.”

Al has touched many people and enacted much positive change during his time as executive director. Please join us in thanking him for that service and sending him positive wishes as he prepares for the next phase of his life!


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Learn about managing employees at Transformational Leader Series workshop Feb. 26

Did you know that the No. 1 reason nonprofits are sued is because of wrongful termination?

It is essential for a good leader to understand how to manage employees. On Tuesday, Feb.Logo.ai 26, at 5:15 p.m., Leadership Centre County will host a Transformational Leader Series workshop entitled “Managing Employees: 10 Issues of Law and Governance.”

During the workshop, two attorneys will break down the top 10 legal and governance issues facing employers. Tom Schrack and Phil Miles of McQuaide Blasko, in State College, provide a map through the potential minefield of managing employees and governing organizations. They will walk through terminating an employee and cover legal issues such as the risk of employment discrimination lawsuits. They will also cover governance issues ranging from identifying conflicts of interest to governance under bylaws. This program offers practical advice for employers, including nonprofits.

Centre Foundation is proud to sponsor this workshop, which is a must for all nonprofit directors and board members, as well as members of the business community.

The workshop will be held at the Patton Township Municipal Building, and registration costs $15 and can be done online. All are welcome to attend.


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Centre County businesses strive to keep young talent here

How do we keep more of the intelligent, talented young people who pass through Penn State here in our community after they graduate?

That’s a question we’ve been working to find the answer to. And it’s also the subject of a recent Town & Gown article.

Writer Aimee Morgan talked to representatives of different businesses in our area that offer young college graduates a reason to stay in town, including Minitab, Accuweather and New Leaf Initiative.

As the article states, living in Centre County post-graduation can provide Penn State students with a nice way to transition into a career while still enjoying the college-town atmosphere.

Providing students with enriching local internships and educating them about/making them feel welcome in the community while they’re still undergrads could encourage more graduates to stay. How do YOU think we can make our community more attractive to young talent? Let us know!


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