Mission

We foster a spirit of community across time for Penn Staters and the Nittany Valley’s people. While traditional conservationists preserve a special environmental landscape, we conserve a remarkable cultural landscape by sharing the spirit, traditions, and relationships that shape our communities as distinctively as Mount Nittany herself.

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Why a Cultural Conservancy?

The Nittany Valley Society is a nonprofit cultural conservancy in State College, Pennsylvania. We cultivate appreciation for the history, customs, and spirit of the Nittany Valley, the Pennsylvania State University, and the surrounding communities. We make no claims of ownership or exclusivity. The unique spirit that has drawn people here for generations finds its expression in all manner of outlets. Ours is simply another take on timeless themes.

Every gift supports our mission to foster a spirit of community across time. In particular, your gift helps grow the impact of Nittany Valley Press and the student, faculty, and alumni recitations on the spirit, customs, and relationships of our home. We intentionally keep operating costs low in order to build a strong foundation for the future. We’re nonprofit, and your gift is fully tax deductible.

Join the Sustainers and give monthly

Why are the Sustainers and monthly giving so important? Because The Nittany Valley Society is nonprofit and entirely volunteer-driven, Sustainers and their monthly giving provides crucial stability for executing our mission. We don’t have (nor do we want to have, frankly!) staff people or paid assistants whose role is donor management and tracking down and soliciting one-time donors. While we’re, of course, grateful for one-time gifts, it’s just the reality that it’s very difficult for us to annually follow up with everyone each year to renew their charitable gift. Indeed, doing so takes away from the time we have to devote to our mission. Instead we rely on many Sustainers who are willing able able to give some modest monthly amount, whether that’s $10/month or more.

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We understand some people simply aren’t in a position to give monthly, or would just prefer to make a one-time gift. That’s possible by clicking below.

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Thanks to our friends who help us pursue our mission.