The Erie Community Foundation

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.

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$250,800,000 - 2007-12-31


$7,400,000 - 2007-12-31

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Recent News from Erie Community Foundation

Love Erie honors three organizations
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The inaugural Love Erie Leadership Awards will be presented to the Erie Community Foundation, Erie Insurance and Gannon University during...more

After prison, Erie man offers help to other ex-offenders
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Unified Erie sought funds for the program, and in July received a $1.2 million grant from the Erie Community Foundation and the United Way of...more

Three sisters visit their old home... the Erie Community Foundation offices
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The Erie Community Foundation takes a walk through history by welcoming three special sisters to their offices. The McDougle sisters: Janet,...more

New Edinboro museum roof preserves old treasures
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

EDINBORO — The Doucette House Museum has a new roof, thanks to partial funding from an Erie Community Foundation emergency...more

Dwyers donate $1 million to Erie Community Foundation
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Erie attorney Bob Dwyer and his wife, Ann Maureen, have donated $1 million to create an endowment fund at the Erie Community...more

Erie County Fair going strong, this week and year-round
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

A fall gun raffle, funding from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority and Erie Community Foundation matching funds also provide money for...more

Non-profits receive Erie Gives donations
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Mike Batchelor of the Erie Community Foundation tells us, "The grand totals were $4.2 million and that doesn't count corporate matching dollars...more

Nonprofits reap Erie Gives rewards
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The Erie Community Foundation on Friday passed out checks totaling $4.41 million to the 374 nonprofits that participated in the Aug. 8 Erie...more

Our view: Erie shows its heart on Erie Gives day
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The one-day online charity fundraising event has raised ever greater sums each year since it was created by the Erie Community Foundation in...more

Community donates more than $4 million
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

"It has grown really beyond our expectations,” said Mike Batchelor, president of The Erie Community Foundation. “The first year, we were thrilled...more

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