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

Our office will be closed on July 3 & July 4 in celebration of the holiday.

Curious about donor advised funds? Explore ECF's resources.

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Responsive Grants organizations. The grant year begins on July 1. Initial documents are due by June 20. View grantee resources.

We're accepting applications for the ten-month Leadership Evanston class starting in September. Learn more and apply.

Mark your calendars to join us at Evanston Forever! our Celebrate!Evanston 2017 gala on October 5th. Give back to your community by becoming a sponsor.

¡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:
We focus on equity

We listen first

Sustainability is critical

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.