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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

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

When Erie Was the Freshwater Fishing Capital of the World - Events
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Erie Community Foundation. What do you think? Open Menu. Have you recently experienced limited or erratic hours of operation at the businesses...more

The We Believe in Erie Fund targets equity and Erie's economic revitalization, support it -
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

In our roles at the Erie Community Foundation and Greater Erie Economic Development Corporation (GEEDC), we see this incredible, deep-rooted...more

Sisters of Mercy purchase winter coats for children in Erie neighborhood | WJET/WFXP/
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

Children in one Erie neighborhood are now more prepared for winter after receiving coats from a local non-profit. The Erie Community...more

'We know it works': Bill Jackson reflects on a change that reinvented Erie's United Way -
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

More:CEO of Idaho organization named to lead Erie Community Foundation. Changes didn't happen overnight. On Dec. 8, United Way of Erie...more

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A Toronto-based organization, Youth Social Innovation (YSI), has recently announced two investments that involve Growth Mosaic and MENTORnetwork. The two companies will each receive a $10,000 loan.

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