After his retirement, Erickson created the Erickson Foundation that focused on higher education in West Virginia.The Erickson Foundation sponsored 11 Alumni centers at universities and colleges throughout West Virginia. According to Charlie Erickson,
Do you know anything that is better than an alumni center, which will go on for years and years to come and help the universities?
The current West Virginia University Alumni Center was designed by IKM Incorporated Architects. The center was opened in October of 2008 on the Evansdale campus.
Housed in the Alumni Center is the Nutting Gallery which opened as part of WVU's 150th year anniversary. The gallery had contained the exhibit titled Through the Looking Glass: Early Glass Plate Views of West Virginia University. It contained over 30 glass plate prints collected from the West Virginia Regional History Center that showcase WVU from 1867-1920. The exhibit is now closed, it was open from February 7th to March 31st, 2017.
Currently housed in the Alumni Center is Kacy Harrison's depiction of the USS West Virginia. USS West Virginia was one of the battleships that sank during the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor. Harrison, a former student in the College of Creative Arts, won first place in a contest sponsored by a Chicago metro chapter of the WVU Alumni Association. The association wanted to honor the veterans and expose students to the art field of military paintings as it sought contestants to create images of the historic battleship. The painting was unveiled on May 1, 2015 during a reception at the Nutting Gallery located in Erickson Alumni Center.