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

Erie foundation to decide how Kanzius money is distributed
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Erie Community Foundation board members will soon decide how to distribute money once donated for research on the late John...more

Erie's time: Making the most of the moment
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

And when the Erie Community Foundation held its annual meeting in June, the group announced the event under the headline: “Our time is...more

Erie Insurance front and center in effort to rebuild Erie
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

It's critical to where we are headed as a community,” said Mike Batchelor, president of the Erie Community Foundation. “They are also very sensitive...more

Erie-area nonprofits back revitalization, entrepreneurship
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

These aren't ordinary times as the private sector and nonprofits seize momentum toward economic renewal. The Erie Community Foundation...more

Gaming funds critical to Erie County's anchor organizations
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

•Erie Arts & Culture uses the money to cover personnel and other overhead expenses. It provides grants to arts and cultural organizations...more

Erie's Oasis Market to open Feb. 28
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The effort received a major boost in June, when it received a $200,000 grant from the Erie Community Foundation. Kindig's and D'Silva's plans...more

EDDC creating 'diverse' group for input on downtown Erie improvements
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The group's all-male, 11-member board of directors includes executives from UPMC Hamot, Erie Insurance, the Erie Community Foundation...more

Erie nonprofit HANDS will pay taxes on Boston Store
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

PHFA has asked the Erie Community Foundation to assist with projects that would be worthy of the financing, Michael Batchelor, foundation...more

Report: Inclusion necessary in downtown Erie improvement plan
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The $135,000 study was funded by Erie Insurance, the EDDC, a grant from the Erie Community Foundation and $5,000 from city...more

Erie's Savocchio Business Park gets new owner
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Horton said Urban Erie Community Development used a grant from the Erie Community Foundation to buy the property. Urban Erie is working on...more

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