Centre Gives is a fantastic annual tradition run by Centre Foundation in Centre County, Pennsylvania. Centre Gives is a 36-hour online fundraising event, basically the community equivalent of the political money bomb concept, except in this case Centre Gives supports more than 100 nonprofits throughout the Central Pennsylvania region.

A realtime leader board displays a tally of donations, both in terms of individual gifts and total dollars raised for each participating nonprofit. Anyone can give, with a minimum gift of $25. Each gift helps qualify participating nonprofits for a share of more than $100,000 in matching funds. Last year more than $500,000 was raised, significantly strengthening Central Pennsylvania’s nonprofit and social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

For the first time, The Nittany Valley Society is participating in Centre Gives, with a modest fundraising goal to support the conservation of the Inspirational Mural in Downtown State College. The Inspiration Mural is being permanently preserved by The Nittany Valley Society, because the Mural helps share the inspirational personalities and stories that define the community.

There are many other great pariticpating nonprofits, including The State Theatre, Mount Nittany Conservancy, and New Leaf Initiative.