JN092-100x100.jpg  Thank you to all the donors who gave to ECF in 2017 to create a vibrant, just and inclusive community.

happiest day of our year

ECF announced over $800,000 in grants, with a record-breaking $333,435 awarded for responsive grants, to celebrate the essential work of local nonprofits to truly make Evanston a vibrant, just, and inclusive place for all.

Our grant awards celebration and annual meeting on May 30, 2017 was attended by over 200 guests representing nearly 50 nonprofit organizations, our grantmaking partners, and many other friends of ECF.

a few of our friends


We are proud to announce ECF’s new leadership team of Vice Chair Lisa Altenbernd and Board Chair Diana Cohen with President and CEO Monique B. Jones (center)


Current ECF board members Michele Berg and Todd Wiener spend time with former board chairs Judy Kemp and Joan Gunzberg


NUDM 2018 Executive Co-Chairs Daniel Nussbaum and Jamie Newman with Monique B. Jones and Cradles to Crayons Senior Manager of Development David Cotugno (second from right)



Diana Cohen with She Is Code founders, Tonya and Todd Patterson and their daughter, Drew


James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy celebrates their selection to be the 2017 Partners for the Future grantee, represented by Kristen Kennard, Patrick Keenan-Devlin, and Joi-Anissa Russell


Former ECF Board Chair Joan Gunzberg happily accepts the 2017 Jim Kogen Foundation Spirit Award



ECF former board chair and former Evanston Mayor Jay Lytle with grantmaking partner and current Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty


Former ECF President and CEO Sara Schastok and current ECF President and CEO Monique B. Jones are all smiles with Ann Balusek of Mammel Foundation, which funds ECF’s root2fruit grantmaking program


Lisa Altenbernd, ECF vice chair and chair of the responsive grants committee, smiles during the presentation of the grant awards



Grantmaking partner Denise Martin and ECF board member Lonnie Barefield share a hearty laugh with Joe Grossman, owner of Jell Creative Design


Grantmaking partner Suzanne Kanter shares a smile with Daphne Cunningham


Monique B. Jones with Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward Alderman and Leadership Evanston alum



Marybeth Schroeder, vice president of programs, and Mike Brody, ECF past chair, with Lindsay Percival, executive director of Learning Bridge Early Childhood Center


Diana Cohen with David Luna, executive director at Open Communities


Grantmaking partner Alan Gratch chats with Sue Loellbach, director of development at Connections for the Homeless




Colleagues of the newly merged SASI and Senior Connections: Jonathan Tague, Senior Connections program manager, Barbara Sittler, former Senior Connections executive director, and Jeanie Ramsey, SASI executive director


Monique B. Jones welcomes new ECF board member Kelley O. Williams


Justin Savin (center) and CJ Patel of Northwestern University Dance Marathon meet Mike Brody



Monique B. Jones with grantmaking partner David D’Arcy

Jones-Singer-Slaughter-JN025-233x175.jpg Monique B. Jones strikes a pose with Karen Singer and Kathy Slaughter from YWCA Evanston/North Shore


Learn more about what we do for our community at community.evanstonforever.org