Read ECF's 2022 Annual Report: Rooted in Legacy, Prepared for Growth

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

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 & Noteworthy

Read ECF's 2022 Annual Report — Rooted in Legacy, Prepared for Growth 

The Evanston Community Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sharon Robinson as the new Board Chair, effective July 1, 2023. Read our full statement here.

Evanston, IL Selected as Finalist for RWJF Culture of Health Prize. Community Improvement Efforts Contribute to Progress in National Selection Process. Read Now.

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

Evanston Community Foundation's Nonprofit Workshop Series Returns this Fall! We are thrilled to announce the return of our highly anticipated Nonprofit Workshop Series on October 18th for our first session on PROActive Listening: Fostering Stronger Community Bonds facilliated by Crystal Coats. Register 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.

strategic plan

The four pillars of our strategic plan, approved and adopted in 2022 are:

orange-bullet.png We elevate voices

teal-bullet.png We build justice and resiliency

blue-bullet.png We connect and strengthen

red-bullet.png Evolve ECF

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