Marquette Savings Bank

Marquette Savings Bank


Marquette Savings Bank

Marquette Savings Bank made its single largest contribution to Hospice of Crawford County. The organization later named the house “Marquette Hospice House.”

We have all heard the phrase ‘Marquette Savings Bank…the hometown bank with the hometown touch,’ but 200 nonprofit organizations in Erie County have felt the effects of Marquette’s homegrown generosity,” wrote Almitra Clerkin, Executive Director of the Erie Playhouse, in her nomination of Marquette Savings Bank as The Northwestern Pennsylvania (NWPA) Chapter of The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) 2012 “Outstanding Philanthropic Organization.” Clerkin submitted the nomination to NWPA AFP on behalf of the nearly 200 nonprofit organizations that Marquette Savings Bank supports throughout the year.

Below, Almitra Clerkin’s nomination of Marquette Savings Bank tells the story of how the community bank strives to help its local community whenever and however it can:


One of Marquette’s core principles from its 1908 start has been that local money stays within the metro area. This not only applies to their retail and business customers, but also for their altruistic gifts.

Under the 42-year leadership of Frank Vogt, followed by Michael B. Edwards (who took the helm in 2002), the commitment to customers, overall excellence, and the greater Erie region has never wavered. Marquette has maintained its reputation of being an integral part of our community. “Marquette’s commitment is not only to our customers, but also to the causes important to the communities we serve,” stated Julie Wilson, Chief Financial Officer. “In 2011, Marquette Savings Bank donated more than $375,000 to charitable, civic, and educational organizations across the region. We believe we have an obligation to support these causes as they improve the fabric of our communities.”

Chris Hagerty, Director of Advancement for Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy, knows Marquette epitomizes their motto. “Marquette Savings Bank practices what they preach as Erie’s ‘hometown’ bank. Marquette’s philanthropy has impacted countless Erieites and beyond through their generosity and commitment to make a transformational difference in the lives of those in our community. Marquette serves as a beacon of hope for the constituents of many, many non-profits in our area, and they have been a treasured asset for decades.”

In 2009, the Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership recognized Marquette’s commitment to our community by presenting the hometown bank with the Celebration of Excellence Award for leadership through the years.

Today, Marquette has 121 employees in 12 locations serving Erie and Crawford counties. Assets are now approximately $759 million and the plan is to keep them working right here in our community. (

Read the full article in April’s issue of Transactions. Aren’t a subscriber? Visit the Transactions page on this website or call PACB at 717-231-7447 to start receiving the magazine.