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

ECF announces Elspeth Revere as Interim President and CEO, effective December 11, 2020. Revere will take over for departing President and CEO Monique B. Jones. 

View the Public Service Challenge videos to learn from the experts on how to run and finance a campaign and run for office in the city or as a school board member for the April, 2021 elections.

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.

Watch the ECF Celebrate!Evanston video that live streamed on October 1. Many thanks to this year's sponsors of Celebrate!Evanston.

ECF's good news from 2019 and 2020: our 2019 Annual Report looks at transformations we witnessed or helped foster last year, and the videos Grant Awards and Messages from Grantees celebrate our different year of grantmaking.

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, The 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, 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 September 15, generous Evanstonians have contributed over $2.7 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 over $3.9 million in ECRR Fund and other ECF funds have been deployed in the community since March 23. 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.