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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Twitter - @TheECF1935


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


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

Community Foundation Background


Recent News from Erie Community Foundation

Erie-area merchants hope for big things on Small Business Saturday
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The program, which makes use of redirected grant money from the Erie Community Foundation, is aimed at providing a quick infusion of cash to some...more

Marketing & Communications Officer
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The position is also a member of the Erie Community Foundation's (“ECF”) Marketing & Communications team, and assists and supports the...more

Erie Homecoming 2020: Investor with $10 million looks for best ways to spend it
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The remaining $10 million, supported by a $5 million investment from the Erie Community Foundation, would be used to make "socially...more

Our view: Union City pride shines through
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The plans can be viewed on a video narrated by Steven Bishop, project manager for the Union City Community Foundation, on the borough's...more

Tech startups will accelerate with help from Secure Erie initiative
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The original Erie Community Foundation grant continues to provide funding for the Secure Erie Accelerator. Other accelerator programs...more

Matt Martin: How to get behind Erie groups' fundraising efforts
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

... Day each August connects nonprofits with donors whose gifts are matched on a prorated scale by the Erie Community Foundation and its...more

Our view: Pandemic can't stop Erie Gives
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Since its inception in 2011, the Erie Community Foundation's annual one-day fundraiser for local charities charted new heights each year —...more

Erie Gives enjoys another record year
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

I couldn't have predicted that,” Erie Community Foundation President Mike Batchelor said. “This is an amazing, amazing testimony to the generosity...more

Geographic Focus

Erie County, PA

Community Vital Signs for Erie, PA

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The 2014 Social Enterprise Awards, now on is 2nd year, has revealed its finalists, which include “businesses that turn household waste into wages, employ the disadvantaged through the baking of artisan breads, or transform the purchasing power of toilet paper into life-saving sanitation.”

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