Community service is a valued tradition at Erie Insurance.
ERIE’s founder, H.O. Hirt, had a lifelong concern for others less fortunate. When he learned about the Foster Parents Plan for War Children in 1949, for example, he asked employees to make small monthly donations in support of war orphans. H.O. Hirt was later honored for this philanthropy on June 16, 1954, when he and The ERIE were awarded The Brotherhood of Children Award for “the innumerable tangible evidences of brotherly love and help.”
Through the years, Erie Insurance and its Employees and Agents have continued H.O. Hirt’s tradition of giving by generously supporting the communities where they live and work. By pooling their resources to help disaster victims, building homes for the homeless and participating in hundreds of food and clothing drives for the needy, they demonstrate an ongoing concern for others.
Today, Erie Insurance Employees and Agents continue to serve their communities by supporting events and programs within the following areas of focus:
Erie Insurance is proud of its long-standing history of community outreach. Through corporate philanthropy, ERIE donates to a wide variety of community initiatives.
While caring employees contribute generously to the annual United Way campaign, both agents and employees serve their communities by supporting signature programs like ERIE Service Corps and Shift, our safe teen driving program, and Serving Together, the Erie Insurance/American Red Cross Volunteer Network.
Erie Insurance recognizes agents for outstanding community service with its annual Agency of the Year Awards. At the same time, employee initiatives such as the Erie Insurance Matching Gifts program, the H.O. Hirt Scholarship Fund, and the F.W. Hirt Employee Emergency Fund, address the needs of qualifying community organizations, needy students and those who have fallen on hard times.
Giving is a tradition that started with our Founder H.O. Hirt and continues today with our employees and more than 9,000 independent ERIE agents.
Annually, we recognize independent ERIE agencies who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to community service with the Giving Network Agency of the Year Award. In celebration of their efforts, ERIE donates $2,500 to a non-profit organization chosen by each winner. Read more about the winners and their remarkable efforts below.
Deadline to submit funding requests
Erie Insurance considers charitable contributions to:
Guidelines for contributions and funding:
Erie Insurance does not fund:
Priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate commitment to their communities by ensuring their governing bodies include representatives from within the communities they serve.
Apply by completing and submitting the Requesting Funds form. If your web browser is Chrome or Safari, submit your Request for Funding by completing the PDF form linked below and sending it to GivingNetwork@erieinsurance.com. If you’re requesting sponsorship for a non-profit event, you’ll need to provide your non-profit’s W-9 Form. please allow four to eight weeks for processing requests.
Please submit all requests online for the most expedited process.
If they are electronic documents, please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly identifying the online funding request for which they should be attached. Only if your documents are unable to be e-mailed, please send to:Erie Insurance Giving Network
Deadline to submit funding requests
By asking non-profits to submit one request annually, ERIE can gain a better understanding of your organization’s overall efforts. Further, it allows ERIE the opportunity to determine requests that are most closely aligned with our three giving categories, Safety, Community Building, and Environmental Responsibility, and for your organization to receive the maximum contribution.
Typically requests are handled within 4-8 weeks of your online submission date.
Each year we receive hundreds of funding requests from many worthwhile organizations across our footprint. We carefully consider each request, understand the history of each request and ERIE decides based on its fiscal year budget and overall sponsorship or charitable efforts. Please know that ERIE will not support organizations who submit requests for ERIE to be its exclusive funding source.