The Erie Community Foundation Proudly Announces the Appointment of Steve Weiser as the New VP of Philanthropic Services

March 05, 2024

The Erie Community Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of Steve Weiser as the New VP of Philanthropic Services effective Monday, March 18, 2024.

As the Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Steve will play a pivotal role in guiding donors towards fulfilling their long-term charitable goals. Leading a team of three dedicated professionals, he will oversee initiatives aimed at assisting donors in establishing new funds and creating estate gifts through strategic planned giving. Steve will build relationships with various stakeholders including financial advisors, estate planning attorneys and the regional community foundation leaders in Corry, Findley Lake, North East, and Union City.

Karen Bilowith, President & CEO of The Erie Community Foundation expressed her confidence in the new appointment stating, “As a proven leader and passionate advocate for our community, Steve will be an excellent addition to our team. Following an extensive search process, we are delighted to welcome Steve, who possesses a strong track record of cultivating meaningful relationships, creating impactful partnerships, and driving positive change.”

A distinguished graduate of Temple University where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Steve was most recently the Executive Director of the Erie Philharmonic. During his tenure, he demonstrated exceptional leadership, overseeing a period of significant growth. The Erie Phil experienced remarkable increases in contributed revenues along with a 300% expansion of its endowment. Under Steve’s leadership, the Erie Phil secured historical gifts including a monumental $2.5 million estate pledge and a $2 million direct gift.

Reflecting on his career, he expressed, “I am proud of the accomplishments that my team and I achieved at the Erie Philharmonic, which stands on solid ground both financially and artistically. I am looking forward to this next chapter of my career to further the Foundation’s mission of inspiring, engaging and empowering donors and communities across the region.”

Steve Weiser

Steve Weiser