2020 annual report: a year like no other

As we look back on the events of 2020, they serve as a reminder of why Evanston Community Foundation exists. In a difficult year, we witnessed Evanstonians coming together to support those in need and helping the community recover and rebuild.

In 2020, we endeavored to Respond, Recover, and Rebuild. The Foundation responded to the COVID-19 crisis by creating the Evanston Community Rapid Response Fund to quickly offer aid to the most vulnerable in the community. We invested in initiatives that aimed to help businesses and families recover from a turbulent year. And we reimagine our path moving forward in the wake of change. Browse our 2020 Annual Report by topic below or by flipping through a PDF.


A letter to our community from Lisa Altenbernd, ECF Board Chair.


In response to the urgent needs spurred by the pandemic, ECF created the Rapid Response Fund to help those most impacted.


ECF invested heavily in the early childhood sector in 2020, providing grants to organizations supporting families in need.


Our strategies for 2021, community innovation, and our collective vision for a more equitable and just Evanston.


Celebrating Evanston students, current and former, who have stepped up in creative ways to make a difference in the community.


Generosity reached a level unprecedented in our 35‑year history. With deep gratitude, we say thank you.


A look at grants and distributions made in 2020.


The investment council's report on portfolio performance in 2020 and thoughts on the coming year.


A complete listing of members of the Board, Investment Council, Committees, and staff.