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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

Diverse Erie: Generational grant awarded to five recipients -
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Erie Community Foundation: $125,000; Greater Erie Economic Development Corporation: $250,000; Enterprise Development Fund: $500,000. “The...more

Erie Insurance And Arctaris Team Up On New $12.4 Million Investment
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

When Boston-based Arctaris Impact Investors first committed $50 million to downtown Erie, Pa., in 2016, it promised to invest another $10 million in "designated low-income areas." What it didn't...more

Erie Gives benefits local charities with focused fundraising effort -
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Listen as Erie Community Foundation President/CEO Karen Bilowith describes Erie Gives Day, a full day of fundraising to benefit more than...more

Erie Gives Day is less than 24 hours away | WJET/WFXP/
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The Erie Community Foundation's Erie Gives Day event starts at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Those donating have 12 hours to contribute (8 a.m. to...more

Loving Giving Local- Hear Erie's Youth! | WJET/WFXP/
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Joe Askins of Auto Express pulled the name of the Erie Community Foundation out of thin air. The Loving Giving Local donation was immediately...more

Erie Community Foundation Honors Student Scholarship Recipients
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The Erie Community Foundation hosted its scholarship reception Wednesday evening at Gannon University, 500 local students received...more

A Look at the Economic Outlook for Erie PA
Foundation: Idaho Community Foundation, Erie Community Foundation

From the report issued by the Erie Times-News and GoErie: What we can learn by looking back to 2021 is that Erie is forging its own tale, one that seems to be unattached from the past and from the...more

Erie medical research institute has laid foundation for clinical trials in women's health -
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Funded initially by a $6 million grant from the Erie Community Foundation, the institute resides in four areas of Magee-Womens, UPMC...more

Erie Community Foundation's new CEO Karen Bilowith to focus on equity -
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Karen Bilowith, CEO of the Erie Community Foundation sees Erie with a once-in-a-lifetime...more

expERIEnce Children's Museum awarded $3 million grant by Erie Community Foundation ...
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

What has already been a good way for the expERIEnce Children's Museum gets even bettter. On Friday, it was announced that the Erie...more

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