Join us at our annual Celebrate!Evanston to invest in a stronger Evanston and deepen our drive for change in the city we all know and love. Tickets on sale now! 

Let’s create a more equitable and inclusive Evanston.

Learn why the work we do together exemplifies the true meaning of philanthropy, which is rooted in “the love of humanity.” Make your gift today in support of the Now! Fund here.


News & Noteworthy

The Community Foundation is hiring! We are currently seeking a Director of Major Gifts. Apply now! 

It's that time of year again, when we like to gather and Celebrate!Evanston. Join us at our annual Celebrate!Evanston to invest in a stronger Evanston and deepen our drive for change in the city we all know and love. Buy tickets now!

Leadership Evanston applications are now open! Apply by September 4, 2023 to join the 32nd Leadership Evanston Signature Program cohort. Apply now!

Evanston Community Foundation Honored with 2023 ABFE Trailblazer Award for Advancing Reparations Efforts in Community. Read the full story

Evanston Community Foundation Thanks Lisa Altenbernd for 11 Years of Board Service. Read now

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 shaped by Covid-19.

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, when the Now!Fund succeeded the Rapid Response Fund, generous Evanstonians had contributed over $4.4 million.

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 and other ECF funds have been invested in the community since March 23, 2020.

In mid-2021, while continuing investments in collective and enduring systems, as well as immediate needs, ECF introduced two new grant programs, focused on nonprofit growth & sustainability and innovative solutions to address our current challenges. We will continue to work together in 2022 and beyond to reimagine a more equitable Evanston in a post-COVID world.