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

Our view: Erie shows its heart on Erie Gives day
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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
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"It has grown really beyond our expectations,” said Mike Batchelor, president of The Erie Community Foundation. “The first year, we were thrilled...more

Erie Gives Update, 5:30pm
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The Erie Community Foundation is tallying the numbers. The time remaining is winding down, but the donation drive is still going strong. They...more

Erie Gives reaches $2.16 million and counting
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Volunteers and Erie Community Foundation staff members take calls from donors Tuesday during the 7th annual Erie Gives Day. Over the...more

Are you ready for Erie Gives?
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Mike Batchelor, President of the Erie Community Foundation, is eager to see what tomorrow may bring. "We hear stories from non-profits every...more

How you can take part in Tuesday's Erie Gives Day
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The Erie Community Foundation will match a percentage of each donation made between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to the 377 participating...more

Our view: Help Erie Gives set new record
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In fact, each year since the Erie Community Foundation launched Erie Gives in 2011, Erie has given more. The total raised in 2016 more...more

Erie woman named executive director of Womens Roundtable
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Page-Collazo has been involved in nonprofit work for most of her career. She worked at the Erie Community Foundation and other nonprofits in management positions. She is part of the Athena Mentorship...more

Community Foundation Prepares for Erie Gives Day - Erie News Now | WICU & WSEE in Erie, PA
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The Erie Community Foundation is gearing up for next Tuesday's Erie Gives Day. It is a huge day of on-line donations to help local...more

Erie School District moves ahead with fundraising effort
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She said PEPS is encouraging donors to make contributions during the Erie Community Foundation's Erie Gives Day, on Aug. 8. And she said...more

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