in the spirit of ubuntu
A letter to the community from Sol Anderson, President & CEO
Friends of the Foundation,
I am celebrating my first anniversary at ECF. The fullness of this experience is beyond what I anticipated. I’ve called Evanston my home for some time now, but I’ve been amazed by the depth and breadth of meaningful work and generosity happening these past couple of years.
Your compassion, generosity, and creativity in supporting the Evanston Community Rapid Response Fund in 2020 and 2021 allowed us to partner with nonprofits and businesses to address the many challenges of COVID-19.
This work we do together exemplifies the true meaning of philanthropy, which is rooted in “the love of humanity.” That’s why I’ve been viewing ECF’s work through the lens of “Ubuntu”—a term used by the Bantu people of Southern Africa—which means “I am because you are.”
I am strong because you are strong. I am weak when you are weak. If my neighbor is hungry, needs shelter or clothing, and cannot thrive, then I am not whole. The Ubuntu philosophy links and weaves all of us together inextricably.
In this report, you will read about Evanstonians who partner with ECF and who embody Ubuntu in their work and personal lives. These individuals are made stronger through their support of their neighbors. Join me in creating that Evanston—now, forever, and for everyone!
President & CEO,
Evanston Community Foundation