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

Join us! Buy tickets to Celebrate!Evanston on OCTOBER 11, and learn about sponsorship opportunities. We proudly illuminate those sponsors who have already committed their support.

The next Rolling Grants review is DECEMBER 3. These grants under $5,000 are awarded throughout the year.

Have you ever considered running for local office or volunteering on a local campaign? Please join us for a workshop on OCTOBER 23 at 5:30pm for: Public Service Challenge.

Eligible organizations are invited to apply for root2fruit grants by OCTOBER 16.

Sign up to attend Snapshot Evanston offered on OCTOBER 25.

On Monique's MindThis is Leadership.

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.