Previous Grants

Over the last ten years, the Foundation has donated over $13 million throughout the Erie community and to organizations around the globe. Some of the recipients include:

Local Grants
Barber National Institute
Boys & Girls Club of Erie
Erie Homes for Children & Adults
Erie Philharmonic
Family Services NWPA
Flagship Niagara League
Girl Scouts NWPA
Innovation Collaborative
Junior Achievement
Lake Erie Research Institute
Lions Club of Erie, Save An Eye Fund
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Mercyhurst University
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Regional Center for Workforce Excellence
Safe Harbor Behavioral Health
Stairways Behavioral Health
St. Martin’s Center
United Way of Erie County

National Grants
Boy Scouts of America
Earth Council Foundation
Illinois State University
Institute for Sustainable Communities
National Geographic Society
New Mexico Community Education Association
Taos County Economic Development Co
US Endowment for Forestry and Communities
Warren Forest Higher Education Council
Wildlands Network
Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus

Featured Organization: Barber National Institute

Previously, the Black Family Foundation made a significant donation to the Elizabeth Lee Black School. Read more here:

The Elizabeth Lee Black School at the Barber National Institute is an approved private school that offers a state-of-the-art educational program to children ages 3 – 21 with autism, intellectual and physical disabilities, or behavioral health challenges. Students come from 22 school districts throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania when their needs cannot adequately be met within their home districts. The School has been recognized with national awards for its leadership in education, and is on the forefront of technological advances with iPads and computers at use in all 24 classrooms. This setting offers a low student to teacher ratio, personalized educational plans to meet the unique learning needs of each student, and a commitment to provide a positive, nurturing environment to help all children achieve their greatest potential.