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.
Starting February 19, projects from Erie County teachers can come to life at half the cost thanks to matched donations from the Erie Community Foundation. With the goal of supporting and improving...more
The Erie Community Foundation administers the Hagen fund. Other funding for the community schools model in the Erie School District is coming from each school's corporate partner, all of which are...more
Meanwhile, the Erie Downtown Development Corp., an equity fund created by Erie Insurance for the purpose of improving downtown Erie, has raised $21.5 million since August. Erie Insurance made the...more
The Millcreek Township-based health system helped cover the cost of the project's initial Erie visit. The Erie Community Foundation could also play a role in funding, though foundation president Mike...more
He began to rethink that decision after meeting Bailey at an Erie Community Foundation event last summer. Carson, who serves as YEP's chairman of community and civic engagement, said members of the...more
... French Club; Math Club; class president; Firelands Academic Challenge team; mock trial; Teen Leadership Corps; Community Youth Mentoring; Erie Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council; soccer;...more
Marquette's investment comes on top of investments from Erie Insurance, a private investor, Erie Community Foundation, Gannon University, UPMC Hamot, ErieBank and Northwest Bank. Pete Sitter, senior...more
In addition to a $5 million investment from Erie Insurance, previously announced investments include $2.5 million each from the Erie Community Foundation, Gannon University, UPMC Hamot, ErieBank and...more