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Group photo of 2019 ECF grantees


In 2019, the Evanston Community Foundation disbursed grants to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations.

Community Investment

Community-Driven Grantmaking: Responsive, Rolling, and Catalyst Grants

  • Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County
  • Art Encounter
  • Books & Breakfast
  • Center for Independent Futures
  • Center for Woman’s History and Leadership
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of North & Northwest Cook Count
  • Children’s Home & Aid
  • City of Evanston Age-Friendly Task Force
  • Community Organizing & Family Issues
  • Connections for the Homeless
  • Eat Play Learn
  • Erie Family Health Center
  • The Evanston Alliance
  • Evanston In-School Music Association
  • Evanston Public Library
  • Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse
  • Evanston Scholars
  • Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association
  • Family Promise Chicago North Shore
  • Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project
  • Foundation 65
  • Girls Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana
  • Housing Opportunities for Women
  • Institute for Therapy Through the Arts
  • Interfaith Action of Evanston
  • James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
  • Learning Bridge Early Education Center
  • McGaw YMCA
  • MetroSquash
  • Mudlark Theater
  • Next Step Planning Committee
  • Northlight Theatre
  • Open Communities
  • Piven Theater Workshop
  • Rainbows for All Children
  • Ridgeville Park District
  • Trilogy, Inc.
  • Young Evanston Artists (YEA!)
  • Youth & Opportunity United
  • YES/Evanston NJTL

Cohort-Based Learning

Building the Future Grantees

  • Youth Job Center
  • Books & Breakfast
  • Warren W. Cherry Preschool
  • Curt’s Café
  • Infant Welfare Society of Evanston
  • Learning Bridge Early Education Center
  • Mudlark Theater

Root2fruit Grantees

  • Actors Gymnasium
  • Art Encounter
  • Childcare Network of Evanston
  • Evanston Work Ethic Program (WE)
  • HIP Circle Empowerment
  • Institute for Therapy through the Arts
  • Puerta Abierta Preschool
  • Reba Early Learning Center
  • Center for Independent Futures
  • Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse
  • Open Communities
  • Farmworkers & Landscaper Advocacy Project
  • The Lilac Tree

Community Works Grantees

  • Youth Job Center and Evanston Public Library
  • City of Evanston Youth & Young Adult Division
  • Evanston Public Library
  • Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Family Center
  • Literacy Works
  • McGaw YMCA
  • Warren W. Cherry Preschool
  • YWCA Evanston/Northshore
  • YWCA Evanston/Northshore & Evanston Community Foundation

Strategic Partnerships

  • Evanston Cradle to Career 
  • Savings for Success, in partnership with the YWCA