Evanston has been our home, our mission, and our cause for over 30 years! Everything we do begins with our community.

News & Events

Register to attend: Join us on SEPT 5 for a panel discussion Navigating Philanthropy Under the New Tax Law.

The ten-month Leadership Evanston program begins in September. Learn how to apply.

The next Rolling Grants review is SEPTEMBER 1. These grants under $5000 are awarded throughout the year.

Buy tickets to join us at Celebrate!Evanston on OCTOBER 11, and learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Eligible organizations are invited to apply for root2fruit grants by OCTOBER 16.

Sign up to attend Snapshot Evanston offered on OCTOBER 25.

During the summer ECF closes at 12:30pm on Friday afternoons.

Sobre la Fundación. ¡Se habla español! La oficina de Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) es bilingüe. Para servir a nuestra communidad de una manera mas efectiva, favor de contactarnos al 847-492-0990 o mándarnos un correo electrónico.

why does it matter?

The Evanston Community Foundation supports local organizations in pursuing their missions, and we connect with community partners across Evanston to accelerate change at a systemic level. ECF uses the power of philanthropy to shine a light on promising solutions and respond to immediate needs. Evanston's future starts with what we do today!

WHAT does the Foundation do? We ask questions and seek answers, helping lead Evanston where it wants to go. ECF builds permanent endowments, generating resources to meet community challenges, seize opportunities, and realize Evanston's potential.


As a partner of Evanston Cradle to Career, ECF is a member of the collective impact initiative’s commitment to making sure all Evanston young adults will be on the path to leading productive lives by the age of 23.