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.


Web Address

www.eriecommunityfoundation.org

Social Media Links

Twitter - @TheECF1935

Assets

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


Giving

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


Community Foundation Background


  

Recent News from Erie Community Foundation


City of Erie Gets Hundreds of Thousands in Grants to Improve Neighborhoods
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The city of Erie gets three big grants, to help improve neighborhoods. ... The Erie Community Foundation and the Erie County Gaming...more

Community album: See what's been happening around Erie
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The Erie Community Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the Erie County Historical Society. Pictured, from left, are Mark Murphy, ECHS...more

Local non-profit partners comment on $40 million investment commitment from ECF
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

A local non-profit is putting its faith and its dollars in Erie with a five-year plan. The Erie Community Foundation aims to transform the Erie area with...more

Erie Community Foundation commits to donating $30 million to the area over five years
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

A local non-profit is unveiling a five-year plan to transform the Erie area using $30 million. Hundreds of volunteers are gathered at the...more

Erie Community Foundation outlines $30 million plan
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Foundation seeks to make transformational investments to have 'significant' impact on economic development. The Erie Community Foundation is...more

Our view: Innovation District takes root
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

A new path forward opened in 2016 with the announcement of a $4 million grant awarded by the Erie Community Foundation in partnership with...more

State: Community College enrollment, financial projections too high
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

For example, the Erie Community Foundation has pledged $3.7 million. County officials were hopeful the state would come to a decision by this...more

Our view: Conner turns heads in first start in NFL
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

... Medallion; the Pennsylvania Society's Distinguished Citizen of the Commonwealth; and most recently, the Erie Community Foundation's Edward...more

Erie's Tom Hagen wins top statewide honor
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The award was created by the United Way of Pennsylvania to recognize exceptional and sustained volunteer and philanthropic...more

Anti-violence grant for Erie to fund Blue Coats, 'call-ins'
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Anti-violence grant for Erie to fund Blue Coats, 'call-ins' .... in the city of Erie: the Blue Coats peace initiative and the “call-ins” for troubled...more

Geographic Focus

Erie County, PA

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