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why does it matter?

The Evanston Community Foundation seeks a level playing field for all because everyone’s potential counts. We support local organizations in pursuing their missions, and our own ventures work across sector lines to accelerate change at a systemic level. The power of philanthropy shines a light on promising solutions and responds to immediate needs — Evanston's future starts with what we do today!

WHAT does the Foundation do? ECF builds permanent endowments so Evanston can count on steadily growing resources to meet our challenges, seize opportunities, and realize our potential. We ask questions and seek answers — we help lead Evanston where it wants to go.

News & Events

Proposals for capacity-building and program grants from nonprofits serving Evanston are due by 11:59pm on February 2, 2015. Learn more

ECF announces the recipients of the 2015 root2fruit grants.

Our Two-Generation Initiative is featured in December's Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Read our new Spotlight Stories, profiling some of our 2014 grantees, donors, partners and collaborations. 

Sara Schastok, our longtime President and CEO, announces her plan to retire in 2015.