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About your Erie Community Foundation

The Erie Community Foundation is a collection of charitable endowments operating under the administrative umbrella of a single public charity.

Financial Information

Our Mission

The mission of The Erie Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life for all in our region by evaluating and addressing community issues, building permanent charitable endowments and promoting philanthropic and community leadership.

In 2014, your Erie Community Foundation:

  • Disbursed 1,981 grants totaling $11.5 Million
  • Received 13,424 totaling $8.8 Million

Today your community foundation is home to 725 endowments valued at approximately $209 Million

When considering your personal philanthropic and estate planning objectives, consider giving through The Erie Community Foundation to your favorite charities. Endowments established at The Erie Community Foundation, ten, twenty or even 50 years ago, are still doing great work in our community today.

The Erie Community Foundation has been recognized for having organizational and financial practices that are in accordance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

Privacy Policy

The Erie Community Foundation is committed to maintaining the confidentiality, integrity and security of personal information pertaining to our current and potential donors. We believe you should be aware of our policies designed to protect the confidentiality of this information and how we use it, particularly when you provide personal information to The Erie Community Foundation
Please take a moment to review our privacy policy particularly, including sections that refer to your working with us directly or through an authorized representative.

Obtaining information

The Erie Community Foundation obtains personal information about you in the following ways:

  • From applications or forms (e.g., name, address, phone number)
  • From transactional activity (e.g., contributions and grant recommendations)
  • From other sources with your consent or with the consent of your authorized representative

We may use this information to process transactions, respond to inquiries from you or your representative, and develop, offer and deliver new programs and services. The Erie Community Foundation takes great care to protect your personal information and determine when it is used, and we do so with respect for your privacy.

Protecting information

The strong protection of sensitive information is the basis of our donors' trust and a standard practice. We employ extensive physical, electronic and procedural protection mechanisms.

The Erie Community Foundation does not sell or rent donor names or information to any firm or nonprofit organization, and it does not share it with any firm or nonprofit organization for their marketing or fundraising purposes, unless you or your authorized representative explicitly asks us to do so. You do not have to contact us to benefit from these protections; they apply automatically to all our donors.

We may share the personal information we collect with government agencies or other regulatory bodies and law enforcement officials (e.g., for tax reporting or for reporting suspicious transactions).

Online Privacy

Privacy, security and service online are just as critical as the rest of our operations. We, therefore, employ firewall barriers, encryption techniques and authentication procedures. We may also place cookies and similar files on your hard drive for security purposes, to facilitate site navigation, and to personalize your experience on our site.

Donor Privacy Policy

The Erie Community Foundation maintains the highest level of privacy concerning our donors’ contact and fund information.

All contact information is used for internal purposes only and never published. Note that contact information is required by the IRS in regard to contributions, but is not for public inspection.

Fund names are published in Foundation communication material and media, unless a donor chooses not to list his/her fund.

The Erie Community Foundation does not sell, trade, or share its donor list with any organization.

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