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

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Recent News from Erie Community Foundation

Ex-owner disputes description of Erie apartment house
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The former owner of a West Sixth Street property that was recently sold to the Erie Community Foundation has offered a response to an April 9...more

Group formed to explore replica forts in Erie
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Three Forts of Presque Isle is in the process of writing a grant proposal to the Erie Community Foundation, Bloeser said. “To actually see the...more

Our view: Summer jobs program expands horizons
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Erie County government, the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority and the Erie Community Foundation make the Summer JAM program...more

Erie land bank to launch website
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The Erie Community Foundation provided grant funding that is being used to pay for the website's design, Henry said. T.J. Sandell, chairman of...more

Erie Arts & Cultures Hosts Speaker Series
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Erie Arts & Cultures Hosts Speaker Series ... Erie Arts and Culture recently received a grant from the Erie Community Foundation, allowing them to...more

$6.3 million project will preserve, expand Federal House at Penn State Behrend
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

... including Erie Insurance, the Erie Community Foundation and the United Way of Erie County; advance its partnership with the Community...more

Meg Loncharic: Erie panel to discuss women in executive roles
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

She serves on the boards of the Erie Community Foundation, Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board, Team Pennsylvania and the United...more

Our view: Erie BayHawks hang on once again
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

New owner: Kudos to the Erie Community Foundation for stepping in to buy a deteriorating former apartment house along Erie's Millionaire's...more

Erie Innovation District expands staff, mission
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

“I think it's capacity-building on both the philanthropic and investment side. I consider myself a relationship-builder,” said Styn, who also has worked...more

Erie Community Foundation purchases house on Millionaire's Row for renovation
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The Erie Community Foundation has bought a house along Millionaire's Row. The property located right next to the foundation had caught on...more

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