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Erie Community Foundation

Helping today . . .shaping tomorrow

four stars

99.35

459 West Sixth Street Erie, PA 16507
tel: (814) 454-0843   Web Site
EIN: 25-6032032

Board Leadership
Timothy M. Hunter
Chairman

CEO
Michael L. Batchelor
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 99.35 four stars
  Financial 99.09 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Erie Community Foundation (ECF) is a collection of charitable endowments operating under the administrative umbrella of a single public charity. ECF traces its history back to 1935 when Elisha H. Mack, co-founder of the Boston Store, created a charitable endowment fund. Today, we are constantly expanding our collection of nearly 500 different endowment funds, all created locally. ECF works to improve the quality of life in our region by evaluating and addressing community issues, by promoting responsible philanthropy and by connecting donors to the critical needs of the community.

The Erie Community Foundation (ECF) is a collection of charitable endowments operating under the administrative umbrella of a single public charity. ECF traces its history back to 1935 when Elisha H. Mack, co-founder of the Boston Store, created a charitable endowment fund. Today, we are constantly expanding our collection of nearly 500 different endowment funds, all created locally. ECF works to improve the quality of life in our region by evaluating and addressing community issues, by promoting responsible philanthropy and by connecting donors to the critical needs of the community.

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Financial

four stars

99.09

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
88.2%
  Administrative Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 10.12
  Program Expenses Growth 18.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Erie Community Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Erie Community Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Erie Community Foundation (PA) 99.35 four stars
Community Foundation for Nantucket (MA) 94.07 four stars
St. Croix Valley Foundation (WI) 86.01 three stars
The Greater New Orleans Foundation (LA) 91.06 four stars
Essex County Community Foundation Incorporated (MA) 95.47 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $21,560,266
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $21,560,266
   Program Service Revenue $289,165
Total Primary Revenue $21,849,431
   Other Revenue $12,519,342
TOTAL REVENUE $34,368,773
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $21,830,618
   Administrative Expenses $1,912,977
   Fundraising Expenses $620,749
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $24,364,344
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $10,004,429
   
Net Assets $217,740,782

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Grants $21,830,618 100.0%

Ratings History
Erie Community Foundation has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 07/01/2020 99.35 four stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 96.64 four stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 94.34 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 94.93 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 94.54 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 94.62 four stars
2013-12 03/01/2016 88.36 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 86.00 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 92.27 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 80.63 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 88.81 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.88 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 85.91 three stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 98.93 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 94.87 four stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 86.90 three stars
2005-12 12/15/2006 80.22 three stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 83.16 three stars
2003-12 09/01/2004 91.29 four stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 96.62 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 25-6032032
Name in IRS Master File ERIE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
NTEE Code T31
NTEE Classification Community Foundations
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
(29) Other religious activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date March, 1959
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$265,747 1.09% Michael Batchelor President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Erie Community Foundation (PA) 99.35 four stars
South Dakota Community Foundation (SD) 90.36 four stars
Community Foundation of New Jersey (NJ) 98.23 four stars
The Dayton Foundation (OH) 87.41 three stars
Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (MD) 89.01 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Erie Community Foundation
459 West Sixth Street
Erie, PA 16507
tel: (814) 454-0843
fax: (814) 456-4965
EIN: 25-6032032

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Board Leadership

Timothy M. Hunter
Chairman

CEO

Michael L. Batchelor
President

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