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

Evanston Community Foundation announces 2024 Grant opportunties. Click here to learn more.  

Interested in participating in Leadership Evanston? The application is OPEN! Apply here!

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

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.