"We Believe in Erie Fund"
On April 30, 2021, the Greater Erie Economic Development Corporation (GEEDC) and Erie Community Foundation (ECF) established the "We Believe in Erie" fund. Both organizations committed 1-million each to the fund and are raising a third million with a generous challenge grant from local philanthropist Tom Hagen in the sum of $350K. The fund focuses on three (3) specific career paths: Scholarships for post-secondary education, pre-apprenticeship training and paid internships. The two (2) nonprofits joined forces to inspire hope in the Erie Community and bridge the gaps of economic and racial divides.