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For over two decades, the Evanston Community Foundation has helped local organizations obtain the support they need in order to have a positive impact on the Evanston community — now and in the future. Our annual reports feature highlights on the wide array of organizations we’ve supported, the performance of our investments, and the growth of our endowments.

2017 Grant Awards Celebration & Annual Meeting Program Booklet

The booklet lists the 2017 strategic and competitive grants awarded to organizations, our grantmaking partners, and the Jim Kogen Foundation Spirit Award presentation for exemplary board service. Download

2016 Year End Appeal

For the love of place. Giving makes an impact. Equity levels the playing field. Listening gets things done. Share our stories. Double the love, double the good with the matching gift of $30,000 to celebrate our first thirty years! Download

a good place for all

This special edition of the Annual Report highlights our 2015 4th quarter with stories, financials, grants, and our leadership. Download

April 2017 Nonprofit Newsletter

In this issue: May Board Governance workshop, New ECF Rolling Grants Cycle Download

January 2017 Nonprofit Newsletter

In this issue: February ECF Advocacy workshop, grant opportunities with North Shore Giving Cirlce, Evanston's Candidate forums. Download

ECF NPO Newsletter October 2016

ECF Roundup: workshops, root2fruit deadlines, Breakin It Down conference offered by Breakin It Down Committee. Download

ECF Nonprofit Newsletter September 2016

Programs and opportunities from Snapshot Evanston, NU Kellogg, Public Service Challenge, and Forefront Learning Summit. Download

ECF Nonprofit Newsletter July 2016

Apply to Leadership Evanston Signature Program XXV (2016-2017). Need volunteers? Bootcamp for new nonprofit CEOs. Connect with the Foundation. Download

Summer 2016 eNewsletter

Happy Summer! In this issue you’ll find a recap of our 2016 Grant Awards Celebration and Annual Meeting - which we combined this year for the first time. We are proud of our community and happy to celebrate together with our strongest supporters and grantee partners. Also in this issue you’ll see the latest from Leadership Evanston. We hope you’re inspired by the projects produced by the 24th class. It’s been an amazing year. Download

Nonprofit Newsletter January 2016

With the quickly approaching February 1, 2016 deadline to apply for Responsive Grants this newsletter provides all the pertinent details including submission procedures and office hours. Also, save the date for the upcoming Internal Change/External Impact workshop series. Download

Nonprofit Newsletter Winter 2015

Information about the current Responsive Grants application process and upcoming workshops for nonprofit organizations are the features of this newsletter. Download

2015 Year-End Appeal — Good Works for All

When you give to the Evanston Community Foundation, you start funding good work in Evanston right away. But you also reach into the future, helping us meet the needs of our ever-changing community. Read about the impact of three exciting grants and projects supported by the Foundation at the Center for Economic Progress, Mudlark Theater, and Our House. Please join us this year with a gift. Download

2014-2015 Annual Report

There’s more to the Foundation now than ever before: more resources, more partners, and more vision, all pointed toward the best possible Evanston. We hope the stories we share here spark your imagination! Read more

Nonprofit Newsletter October 2015

Featured in this October 2015 newsletter is the announcement of Monique Brunson Jones as our incoming President and CEO. Also: root2fruit application deadline, Snapshot Evanston, Internal Change/External Change workshop series, and Social Media Bootcamp series. Download

Newsletter to Nonprofits

This August 2015 newsletter highlights upcoming events and deadlines relevant to nonprofit organizations — root2fruit application deadlines, ECF's annual October benefit, Snapshot Evanston. Download

Grant Awards and Celebration Program 2015

Celebrating on May 27, 2015 the many organizations receiving competitive and strategic grants of nearly $880,000 from the Evanston Community Foundation in 2015 — Responsive, root2fruit, Communityworks, and Partners for the Future. Download

Spring Appeal 2015

Evanston is our home, our mission, and our cause. Ten reasons to give — high-impact collaboration, stronger together, building on success, leading by example, joy for all, providing for tomorrow, spreading innovations, steady performance—above benchmarks, gift opportunities that match your inspiration, and we're here for good—for the good of many causes! Read more

2014 Year-End Appeal — Our Home, Our Mission, Our Cause

Evanston — everything we do begins with our community. Our 2014 Year-end Appeal newsletter highlights our grantmaking and our ventures. We make Evanston stronger, smarter, better, together. Download

2013-2014 Annual Report

Evanston is our home, our mission, and our cause. Everything we do begins with our community. By investing more than money, we make good work better. Read more

ECF Workshops for Nonprofit Organizations 2014-2015

This brochure provides details of the three workshops with registration information. Download

Newsletter to Nonprofits

This September 2014 newsletter highlights upcoming events and deadlines relevant to nonprofit organizations — root2fruit application deadlines, ECF's annual October benefit, Snapshot Evanston. Download

Spring Appeal Newsletter 2014

We believe in Evanston. The strength of the individual. The power of community. Ten reasons to join us — strong healthy families, honest conversations, something to build on, working together, envisioning new possibilities, opportunities for all, thinking outside the box, chances to be successful, accomplishing long-term goals, common concern. Download

Grant Awards and Celebration Program 2014

Celebrating on May 29, 2014 the many organizations that will be receiving competitive and strategic grants of nearly $800,000 from the Evanston Community Foundation in 2014 — root2fruit grants, Communityworks grants, Special Foundation Initiatives, and Responsive Grants. Download

2012-2013 Annual Report

What does it take for a community to thrive? It takes all of us. Your answers to this question say a lot about Evanston. Passion. Commitment. Engagement. Diversity. Respect. Talking to one another. Thinking outside the box and planning for the long term. Growth. Read more

2013 Responsive Grant Awards Presentation

With this year's grant awards we begin the Foundation's second 25 years as a growing resource for Evanston's nonprofits, organization that do so much to strengthen the Evanston community we all call home. We are able to award $240,850 today May 23, 2013. Download

Spring Newsletter 2013

Bringing Evanston’s strengths to bear on our challenges, and building new community resources, together. Ten Reasons to Care, Ten Reasons to Give: potential, evidence, intelligence, hope, patience, endurance, compassion, integrity, respect, inclusiveness. Download

2011–2012 Annual Report

Twenty-five years ago, in the fall of 1986, our foundation was established for the good of Evanston and in the sprit of one community. The voices and many hopes of the founders echo in the work we do today and in the reasons we’re here. We're here to ensure resources for the future of Evanston, and to better the lives of residents today. In short, we’re here because the future does not take care of itself. Download

2010–2011 Annual Report

Twenty-five years in, the Evanston Community Foundation can point with pride to many accomplishments. The community’s investments in the Foundation have created an institution that amplifies those resources and makes effective investments back into the community. But we are just getting started. Download