Development Ministries

There are a number of ways to partner with the Erie City Mission.

We could not do what we do without the generosity and support of donors like you. Our homeless neighbors would not be served, the hurting would not be healed and the hopeless would not be helped without the compassion of our donors who support us.

Whether you can give your money, your goods or your time – we want to partner with you!

The information presented below is not intended as professional tax or legal advice. Please consult your tax advisor for details on your specific situation.


Donate Funds

By giving a gift of any size, you are helping to provide meals, shelter and life-changing services to those who are experiencing homelessness in Erie.

Gifts of cash, checks and money orders can be made payable to and mailed to:

The Erie City Mission
PO Box 407
Erie PA 16512-0407

Make an online payment using your credit card.


Pledge Funds

Bread and Life Members

Our Bread and Life Members pledge to give monthly or quarterly; providing a steady source of hope and help to those we serve. These members guarantee that the Mission has a regular, dependable source of income year-round. Lives are changed with each Bread and Life pledge received!

As a Bread and Life Member you will receive simple reminders and updates on how your gifts are helping.

Join this membership today!

Partner Circle Members

Our Partner Circle Members pledge to give a minimum of $2,000 a year. These members are recognized as our most committed donors, understanding the importance of the Missions programs and services to the community.

As a Partner Circle Member, you will receive simple reminders and updates on how your gifts are helping.

Join this membership today!


Planned Giving

By partnering with the Erie City Mission you are guaranteeing that our programs and services continue to meet the needs of countless individuals.

When you make a planned gift to the Erie City Mission, you are creating a legacy of hope. Planned gifts offer a unique opportunity to give to causes like the Mission that are important to individuals and their community.

Some of the simplest ways to give:

Through a will or bequest. Make a bequest of a dollar amount, specific property, a percentage of your estate or the remainder of your estate after taking care of your loved ones.

Life Insurance. Make the Erie City Mission a beneficiary of part or all of a life insurance policy. You may receive a tax deduction for the cash surrender value reducing your income tax liability in the year of the gift.

Retirement Account. Designate the Erie City Mission as a beneficiary and receive significant estate tax savings. This is a tax-efficient way to make a gift because of the income tax savings and charitable deduction allowed your estate.

Stock, Bonds or Mutual Funds. Appreciated stock, held more than one year, makes an excellent charitable gift. You could avoid capital gains taxes and receive a tax deduction for the full fair market value of the gift. Bonds and mutual funds are similar to appreciated stock in their tax treatment. State, municipal and U.S. government bonds are welcomed.


Endowment Fund

Support the Mission by making a gift to the Erie City Mission Endowment at The Erie Community Foundation. For information on how to donate to this fund please contact The Erie Community Foundation (814-454-0843).


Corporate Matching

Maximize your contribution to the Erie City Mission through matching gifts from your employer. In many cases, an employee's personal support for the Mission can increase exponentially with the help of a corporate matching program.

Contact your HR representative to find out if they provide corporate matching.


Donate Goods

We greatly appreciate gently used, like new, donated goods; subject to acceptance.
Used cars and trucks can be donated as well.

Goods can be dropped off at our Main Office location (1017 French Street).
We will gladly pick up your items at your home or office. Please contact our Donation Center to schedule a pick up.

View a list of the items we need most at the Mission.


Fundraising

Third-Party Fundraisers

Many supporters, donors and partners choose to hold their own fundraisers and item collections for the Erie City Mission. Third-Party Fundraisers play a significant role in showcasing the life-saving programs and services that the Mission has to offer, as well as helping the Mission raise additional funds.

Anyone interested in supporting the Mission through a third-party fundraiser must read and complete the third-party standards policy. Completed policies must be returned to the Erie City Mission, Development Department for review and approval before the project begins.

Third Party Standards Policy.

Special Event Sponsors

The Erie City Mission hosts two major fundraising events throughout the year, our Annual Banquet (Oct.) and Knockout Homelessness (Feb.). Sponsorship opportunities for both fundraisers are available to individuals, businesses and organizations looking to support the Mission. Sponsorship's include promotional and advertising opportunities.

Ask how you can become a sponsor today!

Live Auctions and Raffles

Donations towards our fundraising events can be made year-round.
Consider donating a basket, gift card or single item, that can accompany a basket, to be included in one of our live auctions or raffles.

Contact our main office at 814/452-4421 for information on how to donate these items.

Contact


Erin Layden
Director of Donor Relations and Events

814-452-4421 x234
Email