why does it matter?

The Evanston Community Foundation seeks a level playing field for all. Everyone’s potential counts, so we back many local organizations in pursuing their missions. And, increasingly, the Foundation’s own ventures work across sector lines to accelerate change at a systemic level. 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

Our own Sara Schastok was featured in the Chicago Tribune's Life and Style Section! Read the story.

celebrate!evanston 2014 is October 19 – join us! Learn more and purchase tickets.

The root2fruit program awards grants to build the capacity of small to mid-size nonprofit organizations in Evanston. Applications are due by October 20 for root2fruit grants and previous root2fruit recipients can apply for alumni capacity building grants.

Participants in the upcoming Signature Leadership XXIII program can register now. Snapshot, the one day program will be on October 23.

ECF has a new home – find us at One Rotary Center:1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 535.