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

The Now! Fund invests in the immediate work of the Foundation. Your donation supports ECF and enables us to make grants, bring new ideas to fruition, and mobilize people, ideas, and talent. Consider a gift today.

News & Events

We are hiring our next Vice President of Finance and Operations! Interested candidates can read more about the position.

Read ECF’s 2020 Annual Report to learn how the community rallied to support our nonprofits through the pandemic.

The Reparations Stakeholders Authority of Evanston (RSAE) announced the establishment of a Fund with ECF that will provide investment support to advance Evanston’s Reparations Program.

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.

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 over $4.6 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.