Read ECF’s 2020 Annual Report!

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

Last year was challenging in so many ways! Our community has emerged - and we are prepared to Reimagine what Evanston can be. Read ECF’s 2020 Annual Report and learn how the community relieved, recovered, rebuilt and rallied around our neighbors and our nonprofit community.

Register to join us on Zoom, JUN 16 at noon, for the first Brown Bag Conversation about Evanston Care Network. 

Apply to join the 30th Leadership Evanston Signature Program cohort. Learn more about the program and how to apply by mid-August. 

Please join us in celebrating all of the foundation's 2021 grantees, and learn how ECF is working toward a more vibrant, equitable, and inclusive community. Wednesday, June 30, 2021.5PM video stream on Facebook. 6PM meet the president on zoom.

The Reparations Stakeholders Authority of Evanston (RSAE) announced the establishment of the Evanston Reparations Community Fund. The Fund will provide investment support for efforts in advancing Evanston’s Reparations Program and will be housed at ECF.

Evanston Care Network is a new collaborative partnership among ECF, Evanston 311, the Evanston Public Library, Amita Health, and the City of Evanston. NPOs are encouraged to provide a listing to the network.

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.