ECRRF_100x62.pngHelp support the entire Evanston community in this time of need. DONATE NOW to the Evanston Community Rapid Response Fund to strengthen or rescue local nonprofits threatened by the COVID-19 crisis. Your contribution will be doubled dollar for dollar during our $1,000,000 Challenge Grant period!

we’re here for good, for a just, vibrant, and inclusive community

Ken Lehman, ECF's first board president, with ECF President/CEO Monique B. Jones, after recording ECF's history together.

It takes initiative to lead a community where it wants to go. Step one is settling on the goal — and that takes a lot of what we offer: listening, synthesizing and consensus-building. We’re engaging our community, making grants, training leaders, connecting people and organizations, while we tackle challenges and explore opportunities.  

we’re here for good

leading Evanston where it wants to go, building endowments for the future, providing resources for the present.

we’re here because

our founders and donors, our partners and volunteers are committed to a better future for Evanston.

we’re making a difference

responding to meet emerging needs and tackling longstanding problems, adding value.

News & Events

Apply by June 4: Evanston-serving nonprofits can apply for the Third Round of Rapid Response Operating Grants. Round Four applications due by July 1.

On Monique's Mind — Posted on June 2, Monique reflects on our nation's injustices and how we have work to do.

As the Evanston Community Foundation transforms itself to respond nimbly to the COVID-19 crisis, we look back at other transformations we witnessed or helped foster last year. View our 2019 Annual Report online.

Read about the 2020 workshop series and register here.

POSTPONED until further notice —the Lifting Up Early Childhood community event on APR 15. Habrá un intérprete.

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.

strategic plan

The four principles of our strategic plan, approved and adopted in 2017 are:
orange-bullet.png We focus on equity

teal-bullet.png We listen first

blue-bullet.png Sustainability is critical

red-bullet.png Our leadership is in service to community

This year we are focusing on listening first. Listening first opens space for ECF to participate in, collaborate on, or develop programs and services that are inclusive and responsive to the community.

Learn more about our strategic plan – our mission, principles and goals – and how to invest with us.

We invite you to read On Monique’s Mind, a periodic post from our President and CEO.