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A more equitable and inclusive Evanston has been our mission for over 30 years. We're invested in our home.

We are quickly addressing the basic human needs of the most vulnerable during COVID-19. Donate now to our Evanston Community Rapid Response Fund. See how ECF has responded.

News & Events

Register to join us for the Leadership Evanston virtual alumni event on Thursday, MAY 6, 6pm. Learn more about the celebration and the graduating cohort's art exhibit

ECF is seeking qualified applicants to apply for the President & CEO position. Learn more about the search process. 

ECF strongly condemns violence and discrimination against our Asian American friends, neighbors, colleagues, family members, and fellow citizens. Read the full statement

The Reparations Stakeholders Authority of Evanston (RSAE) announced the establishment of the Evanston Reparations Community Fund. The Fund will provide investment support for efforts in advancing Evanston’s Reparations Program and will be housed at ECF.

On JAN 11, ECF announced the recipients of the grants awarded through the Evanston Community Rapid Response Fund. The local need continues as the pandenic rages.

Evanston Care Network is a new collaborative partnership among ECF, Evanston 311, the Evanston Public Library, Amita Health, and the City of Evanston. NPOs are encouraged to provide a listing to the network.

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.

ECF's work during covid-19 crisis

ECRRF_logo_for_Dropdown_Alert_103x62px.gifSince mid-March, 2020 Evanston Community Foundation has radically expanded its fundraising and restructured its grantmaking and programs to respond to the new world we find ourselves in. 

By March 18, 2020 ECF launched the Evanston Community Rapid Response Fund with $100,000 seed money from endowment to foster a unified philanthropic response to address the impact of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in the Evanston community. As of April 15, 2021 generous Evanstonians have contributed over $4.4 million to the Fund. You can be part of this effort by donating.

ECF immediately created a strategic vision for the use of the Fund, focused on relief, recovery, and rebuilding. Learn more about that strategy and exactly how nearly $4.5 million in ECRR Fund and other ECF funds have been invested in the community since March 23, 2020. New grant opportunities were launched, focused on immediate basic needs, collective and enduring initiatives, and operating support for nonprofits. And while we continue to fund relief, ECF has begun supporting efforts to help the community recover.

Learn about resources for nonprofits.