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celebrated 1986-2016

Evanston Community Foundation since 1986.


we're here for good

2016 marked Evanston Community Foundation's 30th year of doing great things together in the Evanston community. Our thirty-year trajectory has included public projects and programs as well as behind the scenes work to grow and build sustainability.

As we recognize all that the Foundation has accomplished we take a meaningful step forward looking into our future. WE'RE HERE FOR GOOD — we are holistically responsive to Evanston, collaborating in times of challenge and celebration leading change for you.

our history


View the sampling of ECF's historical photos.


ECF early board chairs (left to right): Jay Lytle, Natasha Deutsch, Ralph Segall, Betty Papangelis, Karl Berolzheimer, and Mary Anne Cappo. Missing from this historic photo is Ken Lehman, ECF's first board president

Jay Lytle accepts the first Northwestern University Dance Marathon check in 1998, the start of an on-going partnership. Since then, NUDM has awarded over $1.1million to ECF. NUDM executive co-chairs serve on the Foundation's Responsive Grants committee.

The first root2fruit cohort including Organizacion Latina de Evanston, Kids and School Supplies (KASS), S.O.U.L. Creations, and The Musical Offering pictured with Anne Balusek of the Mammel Foundation (front left) and Sara Schastok (front right)

ECF launches its Communityworks venture. Sara Schastok with Nancy Fishman, Grand Victoria Foundation, transforming the Foundation's leadership in reaching its mission. In 2007, ECF released its Communityworks Impact Plan, Every Child Ready for Kindergarten, Every Youth Ready for Work

Ken and Lucy Lehman at an ECF event. ECF's first chair, Ken Lehman recently visited the Story Corp booth with ECF President/CEO Monique B. Jones to record stories of the Foundation's early days.

ECF marched in the 2006 Evanston Fourth of July parade with grantee organizations, board members, staff, and community supporters.

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In October, 2017, ECF first chair Ken Lehman shared stories of the Foundation's beginnings with ECF President & CEO Monique Jones at Chicago's Storycorps booth. This clip is a short segment from their longer conversation.