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more than $800,000 announced at 2016 grant awards

May 27, 2016 | ECF Press Release

ECF announced competitive and strategic grants totaling more than $800,000 at the 2016 Grant Awards Celebration and Annual Meeting.

The event was held on Thursday, May 26 at The Merion, 529 Davis Street, in Evanston.

state of the foundation

President and CEO, Monique B. Jones said in her State of the Foundation remarks, “Today ECF has assets near $20 million, and is financially healthy and poised for continued growth to support the community and make decisions that make sense to stakeholders. This remains the center of what we do-build and manage our own and other community endowments to address changing needs and provide leadership on important issues.”

Monique B. Jones with NUDM 2017 Executive Co-Chairs Jenny Halpern and Ian PappasA record of nearly $312,000 in responsive grants was awarded to 29 organizations that serve Evanston residents. Vice-President of Programming, Marybeth Schroeder said, “This year’s grantees were chosen from a very strong pool of 64 proposals, and are made possible in large part due to our generous grantmaking partners. We could not say yes as widely and deeply to organizations without Northwestern University Dance Marathon and the 20 other grantmaking partners whose commitment and thoughtfulness greatly increases the pool of grant dollars available to Evanston nonprofits.”


recognizing board members

Lisa Altenbernd received the Jim Kogen Spirit Award, pictured with Mike Brody. Photo by Jill Brazel. 5-26-16.Board Chair Michael Brody presented the Jim Kogen Foundation Spirit Award to Lisa Altenbernd, ECF 2nd vice chair and chair of the Foundation’s responsive grant committee. Brody said, “Lisa brings energy and insight to ECF’s board. But it is her breadth of interest and commitment to Evanston that sets her apart.” ECF also announced the appointment of four new members to the board of directors to serve three-year terms effective May 1, 2016. The new members are Michele Berg, Bart Rocca, Tim Russell, and Todd Wiener. 

2016 responsive grant award recipient organizations

Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook CountyCenter for Economic ProgressCenter for Independent FuturesChildren's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook CountyConnections for the HomelessEdible EvanstonEnrich EvanstonErie Family Health CenterEvanston Public LibraryEvanston Rebuilding WarehouseEvanston Swims!Evanston Symphony OrchestraFamily FocusFamily Promise Chicago North ShoreGarrett Evangelical Theological Seminary Infant Welfare Society of EvanstonInterfaith Action of EvanstonJames B. Moran Center for Youth AdvocacyLiterature for All of UsMcGaw YMCAMitchell Museum of the American IndianNorthlight TheatreOur House - a program of Connections for the HomelessPEER ServicesSecond Baptist ChurchServices for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI)Y.O.U. (Youth & Opportunity United)Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc.YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and a special grant to the Midwest Child-Parent Center expansion (5th year).

other strategic and competitive grants showcased

The root2fruit grants program, funded through a partnership with the Mammel Foundation, builds capacity and long-term sustainability in small and mid-size organizations and  has benefited 45 organizations by awarding more than $1.3 million in grants since its inception in 2003. Nine organizations are currently part of the three year program, and four “alumni” of the grants and mentorship program also have 2016 one year grants for specific capacity building projects. The 2016 grantees included: Books & BreakfastChessmen Club of the NorthShoreFarmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP)Girls Play SportsLiterature for All of UsMeals at HomeMuse of FireNational Alliance on Mental IllnessCook County North SuburbanPiven Theatre Workshop. The 2016 alumni grantees include Center for Independent FuturesEvanston ScholarsMudlark Theatre PEER Services.

The Foundation’s Communityworks initiative has a strategic focus on ensuring that every child is ready for kindergarten and every youth ready for work. Grants support family and home visiting for young families, literacy enhancements and expanded access to early education, and developmental screenings. Grantees included: Beyond the Baby BluesWarren W. Cherry PreschoolEvanston Public LibraryEvanston/Skokie District 65Infant Welfare Society of EvanstonLiteracy WorksYouth Job Center of Evanston, Inc.

The Foundation also honored Evanston Scholars with a Partners for the Future Grant. This program enables one Evanston-based nonprofit per year to raise between $50,000 and $100,000 in matching funds to build its base of financial support, and to increase its overall fundraising and organizational capacity.

The Fundraising Service Grants, funded by the Partners for the Future Fund, is a pilot program that helps Evanston nonprofits improve their capacity to fundraise. In partnership with the social venture firm DonorPath, it provides individual coaching, data analytics and technical tools to help build a robust and diverse development program for each organization. The grantee organizations are Actors GymnasiumCivic Legal CorpsEvanston ScholarsGirls Play Sports Inc.Infant Welfare Society of EvanstonInterfaith Action of EvanstonMental Health America North ShoreMudlark Theater CompanyNorthlight TheatrePEER ServicesPrismPathwaysSenior Connections.

about the foundation

The Evanston Community Foundation, celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2016, helps Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive, and just community. It builds, connects, and distributes resources and knowledge through local organizations for the common good. The Foundation builds endowments for current and future opportunities, fosters private philanthropy, focuses the impact of collective giving, finds solutions to community challenges, allocates grants, and provides leadership training. To learn more about the Evanston Community Foundation follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.