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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Recent News from Erie Community Foundation

The art and science of Erie's transformation
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Hide caption. Court Gould is the new vice president for community impact at the Erie Community Foundation. Gould, 57, talks about his move to...more

Safety monitors 'talking to the heart'
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... Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania, 1101 Peach St., and is partially funded by a $3,000 Erie Community Foundation grant...more

Erie Community Foundation Presents Nearly $680000 in Scholarships
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The Erie Community Foundation presenting nearly $680,000 dollars in scholarships to nearly 530 students that are pursuing an advanced...more

Meg Loncharic: Foundation working to improve Erie area
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Murphy has a great interest in Erie and endorses the foundation's transformational philanthropy and community leadership work. Zanya Darres,...more

Charity golf event set for Kahkwa Club
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... fund managed by the Erie Community Foundation to provide scholarships to local high school graduates heading to colleges or technical...more

State still mum on county's community college request
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The proposal has the backing of groups like the Manufacturer and Business Association and the Erie Community Foundation. Dahlkemper has...more

Our view: Quarterly report on moving Erie forward
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The Erie Community Foundation released its first round of Transformational Philanthropy 2.0 grants — $2 million meant to support $10 million...more

Pat Howard: Erie's future demands being intentional
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... something former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy said the other day at the Erie Community Foundation's annual meeting looped in my...more

Erie Community Foundation reveals 10 recipients of 'Transformational Philanthropy 2.0' grants
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The Erie Community Foundation revealed the 10 recipients of its 'Transformational Philanthropy 2.0' grants today. Nearly $2 million was awarded...more

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