On behalf of our Board of Trustees, we thank you for your unwavering support. In partnership with you, our generous donors and community partners, The Erie Community Foundation is empowering positive change throughout our footprint. Navigating Impact is more than the theme for this year’s annual report; it reflects our ongoing commitment to inspiring philanthropy to drive intentional, powerful impact across our region.
The year 2022 marked self-reflection and steadfast work. Our board and staff embraced an ambitious strategic planning process that engaged many voices and informed our thinking in new ways. The result is an inspiring and actionable three-year plan, a new mission statement and a bold vision. The Strategic Framework is built on a strong foundation braced by four pillars: Inclusive Philanthropy, Community Impact & Leadership, Identity & Image and Organizational Growth & Excellence. Each pillar is highlighted on the back cover of this annual report.
Our new mission statement captures our purpose to inspire, engage and empower donors and communities across the region, today and tomorrow. Our mission is grounded in our past and positions the Foundation to leverage our strengths, recognize opportunities and unify efforts to move our community forward.
During this pivotal time in the Foundation’s history, our priority remains constant — to ensure that the charitable dollars entrusted to the Foundation will meet pressing needs now and in the future. We will continue to help donors, professional advisors and nonprofits establish endowments that have an impact forever. We will also map new paths for discovering community solutions and building partnerships.
Your philanthropic spirit combined with our intimate knowledge of community needs moves us forward toward our new vision: a united, vibrant, and thriving region for all. We are honored and humbled that you have chosen to work alongside us to improve our community.
Enjoy the enclosed stories highlighting the impact of our donors’ generosity, the dedication of civic leaders and the innovation of our nonprofits. Collectively, we make the change we want to see in Erie. As a donor of The Erie Community Foundation, you are one constant in our ever-changing world, and we simply say: THANK YOU!