The Erie Community Foundation traces its history back to 1935 when Elisha H. Mack, co-founder of the Boston Store, created a charitable endowment fund. From 1935 to 1969, that sole fund fueled regional philanthropic efforts. However, after the tax reform act of 1969 created important distinctions between private foundations and public charities, Mr. Mack's fund was transformed into a public charity, The Erie Community Foundation, a process finalized in 1971.
Today, the foundation is constantly expanding its collection of nearly 500 different endowment funds, all created locally. Some funds are established during a donor's lifetime, others via a bequest. A number of local nonprofit organizations have also chosen to build endowments under the administrative umbrella of The Erie Community Foundation.
Erie Community Foundation is the latest organization to invest in the Erie Downtown Development Corp. The Erie Community Foundation has an unwritten rule when it comes it comes to investing in the...more
“The mission of the Erie Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life for all in our region by evaluating and addressing community issues, by building permanent charitable endowments and...more
The Erie Community Foundation dedicating their tree this year to Mary and her love for nature, calling it, "Heaven and Nature Sing." "I am so fortunate and privileged to have had her...more
EmergyCare will use an Erie Women's Fund grant from the Erie Community Foundation to pay for training, books and exams required for two Erie County women to become emergency medical technicians. The...more
Awareness of Erie's galling poverty rates has mobilized action for decades, most recently through targeted programs pursued by the United Way of Erie County, the Erie Community Foundation and Erie...more
Wood also pointed out that the Gaming Revenue Authority has worked with groups such as the Erie Community Foundation and the Susan Hirt Hagen Fund for Transformational Philanthropy to award larger,...more