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

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Recent News from Erie Community Foundation

2X Match on Erie County, Pennsylvania projects, thanks to the Erie Community Foundation
Foundation: 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

Erie community schools create rooms of their own
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

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

Community plans aim to advance Erie
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

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

Downtown Erie Innovation District hopes to be game-changer
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

“Most of the cities have had a substantial investment,” said Sanchack, whose own program is overseen by Mercyhurst University and funded by a $4 million grant provided by the Erie Community...more

Funding sought for Erie's Blue Zones Project
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

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

Saying yes to Erie
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

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

Berlin Hts Kiwanis honor Hill, Schaeffer
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

... 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 invests in Erie development fund
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

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

Our view: Puppy brings cheer to young cancer patient
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The latest sign is plans by the Erie Community Foundation to award as many as 10 grants of up to $250,000 each for “shovel-ready” projects that will build on $10 million in total grants it...more

Erie development group continues CEO search
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

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

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