Foundation Announces New Team Members


The Erie Community Foundation, a collection of more than 700 local charitable endowments with a market value of $215 million, recently announced the appointment of Patrick Herr, Rachel Cacchione and Kathleen Jackson to the organization.

With more than 20 years of related professional experience, Herr joins the Foundation as the director of Community Impact. In his new position, he is charged with managing the Helping Today competitive grant program that addresses operational needs of nonprofit organizations. He is responsible for the administration of the Urgent Request grant program and also manages the Foundations Donors Choose and Wishbook projects. Prior to joining the Foundation, Herr held the position of associate director for Community Shelter Services, where he was charged with daily oversight of all program-related operations.

Cacchione joins the Foundation as Community Impact associate. As a member of the Community Impact team, she is responsible for scheduling meetings, database entry, correspondence, process development and preparation of board meeting materials. Prior to joining the Foundation, she held the position of administrative assistant for The Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Jackson joins the Foundation on a part-time basis as grant and accounting assistant. She assists the finance team with monthly and quarterly accounting processes, as well as grants and fund statement processing. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jackson was a fiscal specialist for the School District of the City of Erie.