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

Apply by AUG 5: Evanston-serving nonprofits can apply for the Fifth Round of Rapid Response Operating Grants

We're not standing still! Apply by mid-SEPTEMBER – Leadership Evanston LEXXIX is accepting applications for the 2020-21 cohort.

2020 is a different year for ECF's grantmaking, and if you missed our celebration on July 16, please watch the videos to share in our celebration: Grant Awards and Messages from Grantees videos

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

As ECF transforms to respond nimbly to the COVID-19 crisis, our 2019 Annual Report looks at other transformations we witnessed or helped foster last year.

Read about the 2020 workshop series and register here.

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.