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.

Web Address

Social Media Links

Twitter - @TheECF1935

Assets and Giving for Erie Community Foundation


2018 - 223,922,588
2017 - 236,091,159
2016 - 201,418,849
Domestic Grants

2018 - 20,862,991
2017 - 17,386,856


Recent News from Erie Community Foundation

Erie Community Foundation Announces Recipients of Grant Funding
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

As part of their Helping Today grant funding program, the Erie Community Foundation is sending out money to different organizations throughout...more

New murals, lighting will continue Union City, PA renaissance - Erie Times-News
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

"Union City Borough, Union City Community Foundation and Union City Action all work together on projects and funding," Wells said. "They're our...more

Community Health Net sees new opportunity for patients with new equipment -
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation, Kern Family Foundation

... Michelle Robertson, MJ Surgala, HRSA, Gateway, Kern Family Foundation, Erie Community Foundation, Erie Insurance and the Erie...more

UC nonprofits gear up for annual giving campaign | News - The Corry Journal
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The Erie Community Foundation and its sponsors will enhance donors' gifts by providing a prorated match to each gift made to a nonprofit. The...more

The Erie Community Foundation announces new position -
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

The Erie Community Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Joshua Jaeger who has been hired as Database...more

Victorian Halloween at Hagen History Center - Events - Erie Reader
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

This is a free Community Day event thanks to Erie Insurance and Erie Community Foundation. Sunday October 9th Noon-5PM FREE ADMISSION Share...more

FREE: Garden Saplings at Goodell Gardens (Grades 3-5. Registration required)
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation

More Info. Classes this fall are completely FREE thanks to a grant from the William & Ethel Hovis Fund at the Erie Community...more

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

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