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About The Union City Community Foundation

About The Union City Community Foundation

The Union City Community Foundation assists a diverse group of donors in improving the quality of life in and around Union City, Pennsylvania. The assets in The Foundation’s endowments are currently worth more than $4 million. Grants are made to deserving Union City area charities from the income generated by these endowments.

Oversight of The Foundation is the responsibility of a 16-member board of trustees made up of members of the Union City community. By law, The Foundation may make grants only to incorporated nonprofit organizations having charitable purposes. The trustees encourage Union City agencies that meet these requirements to submit applications for worthy projects. Technical grant-writing workshops for interested applicants will be offered several times a year.

LaRue Ottaway Endowment

One of the largest endowments of The Union City Community Foundation was established by LaRue Ottaway, president of the former Union City Chair Company. Mr. Ottoway originally made his gift to the Union City Hospital, which has since closed. The fund, now called the Ottaway/Saint Vincent Health Center Fund of The Union City Community Foundation, is used to support Saint Vincent’s health care initiatives in and around the Union City area. This fund alone is now valued at more than $1 million.

Other Local Funds

The Union City Community Foundation also manages and distributes the income from a number of other funds that work to improve the quality of life in the Union City area:

  • Jasper Drake Scholarship Fund
  • David & Autumn Hoffman Fund
  • Cooper Family Fund

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Affiliation With The Erie Community Foundation

The Union City Community Foundation is proud of our affiliation with The Erie Community Foundation, a relationship that brings the services and asset-management capabilities of a $140 million organization to our small foundation here in Union City. Our local board still makes all grant-making decisions, but we are able to rely on The Erie Community Foundation for investment management, program evaluation, administrative services, and marketing and development.

Susannah Weis Frigon ,Vice President of Investor Relations, at The Erie Community Foundation provides direct staff support for our volunteer Board of Trustees.