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

Register for the Lifting Up Early Childhood community events NOV 20, FEB 26, and APR 15. 

Apply by DEC 2 for Rolling Grants (grants under $5,000).

ECF is seeking consultants to lead our Strategic Planning Process; respond to RFP by DEC 15. 

Announcing Joi-Anissa Russell as ECF's incoming Vice President, Philanthropy and Communications.

Celebrate!Evanston 2020 sign up parties are now available for purchase here.

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.