Centre Gives Campaign in Full Swing

By Mallory Lane

Published 05/06 2014 07:04PM

Updated 05/06 2014 07:23PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - A major fundraising campaign is kicking off in Centre County Tuesday to help local nonprofits.

Centre Gives officially went "live" Tuesday morning. This unique, virtual fundraising campaign is now in it's third year.

So far, the campaign has raised over $300,000. This year, there are more than 90 local nonprofits participating. Each one looks forward to the fundraising campaign each year because it brings such a big boost to their business.

"For some organizations in the community, this is a do or die day," Executive Director of the Centre County Youth Service Bureau, Andrea Boyles, said. "This really makes or breaks things."

The Centre County Youth Service Bureau operates on a $4 million a year budget. With 14 programs, they rely heavily on community support and donations.

"This year, our need is about $425,000. About half of that comes through our big fundraising events and the other half comes through private individuals and events like Centre Gives," Boyles said. "Giving $25 or $50 really is a huge part of our fundraising effort and it really does count."

It's easy to do. All you have to do is go to the Centre Gives website, choose the nonprofit you want to support and donate. A minimum of $25 is required.

"Centre Gives has become a really important part of our budgeting process," Lisa Bahr, of Centre County PAWS, said.

PAWS relies heavily on community support, too. With a yearly operating budget of about $525,000, Bahr said medical and veterinary expenses take up a big majority and it's imperative they have funding for it.

"It helps with our general operations, day to day operations, it's helped us to hire an additional staff person, it's offered us some relief with our medical budget, actually great relief for our medical budget with our animals," she said.

Last year, PAWS got about $22,000 through Centre Gives. They're hoping to raise at least that this year, maybe even more.

"We're completely reliant on the community support," Bahr said. "We receive no government funding, so we hope you'll help us out."

You have until Wednesday at noon to donate.

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