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

Workshop for nonprofits on succession planning, led by Mary Morten. Wed. Mar. 4 5:30pm. Sign-up!

Leadership Evanston alumni and friends celebrate the arts on March 9. Buy tickets!

Nominate a deserving individual for the Evanston 2015 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award. March 6 deadline.

Show your support for NUDM 2015, March 6-8. Thank you NUDM for designating the Foundation its secondary beneficiary for the 18th year!

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