CE2021 graphic.pngCelebrate!Evanston is sold out! To be added to a waiting list please email Rebecca Parmet
Please note: Vaccination for this event is required. Please be prepared to show your PROOF OF VACCINATION at entry/check-in. The original card, a photocopy, or a photo will suffice. Masks are optional. 

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 & Events

Celebrate!Evanston is sold out! We're shaking things up this year! Together we will enjoy an outdoor reunion in support of the Now! Fund, with storytelling, cocktails, delicious fare, music, and more.

Eligible organizations can apply for Nonprofit Growth and Sustainability Grants. Apply by September 20.

Register to join us on Zoom, SEP 29 at noon, for the Brown Bag Conversation with Evanston Local Marketplace. 

Read ECF’s 2020 Annual Report to learn how the community rallied to support our nonprofits through the pandemic.

The Reparations Stakeholders Authority of Evanston (RSAE) announced the establishment of a Fund with ECF that will provide investment support to advance Evanston’s Reparations Program.

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

In 2020 the Foundation drew upon all four principles to respond strategically and with purpose to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on our community. Read more about ECF’s Relief, Recovery and Rebuild phases for grantmaking from the Evanston Community Rapid Response Fund and the collaborations underlying those efforts.

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