The Erie Community Foundation Announces New Appointment


ERIE – The Erie Community Foundation (ECF) and its Board of Trustees recently announced the appointment of Ricardo “Ric” Giles as director of Philanthropic Services.

“This is an exciting time to be at The Erie Community Foundation,” said Giles. “I am honored to engage with an entity so deeply committed to serving the people of this community.”

In his new role, Giles is responsible for developing and stewarding donors in all aspects of their philanthropy and integrating best practices into the work of the Philanthropic Services team.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Giles worked as director of Development & Corporate Relations at Mercyhurst University. Preceding Mercyhurst, he had a diverse career that included pharmaceutical sales, college admissions and health-care operations.

Giles earned a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University. He serves on the board for the Greater Erie Economic Development Corporation and has received many prestigious awards and honors.

“On behalf of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and staff, we are thrilled to welcome Mr. Giles to The Erie Community Foundation. We are confident his extensive community expertise and experience with donor development will be key to his success, which will lead to greater impact on our region,” said ECF  President and CEO Karen Bilowith.

The Erie Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life for all in our region by evaluating and addressing community issues, by building permanent charitable endowments and by promoting philanthropic and community leadership. To learn more visit