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ECF announces grant recipients at the 2014/15 grants awards celebration

April 29, 2014 | ECF Press Release

The annual Grants Awards and Celebration will be on Thursday, May 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the third floor atrium and auditorium at One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston.

The newly renamed event highlights the full range of grants awarded each year. It is free and open to the public however advanced registration is required.

celebrating Evanston's non-profit community

This special evening celebrating the mission and accomplishment of Evanston’s non-profit community has historically focused on recipients of ECF’s annual Responsive Grants program. This year the renamed event highlights the full range of ECF’s grants. Grantee organizations make brief presentations on the purpose of their grants. In addition to hearing from Responsive Grant awardees, the Foundation will also highlight its root2fruit and early childhood development initiatives.

The Evanston Community Foundation makes investments in organizations and projects that are poised to make a difference in the community. Responding to a broad range of community opportunities and needs, the Evanston Community Foundation strengthens the capacity of organizations to achieve long-term results, encourages collaborative projects that build and develop community resources and partnerships, and invests in work that will be self-sustaining after the funding period.

responsive, root2fruit, communityworks and community catalyst grants

Responsive Grant Award recipients represent a broad range of Foundation grantmaking interests ranging from early childhood education, community development, family support and counseling, housing, workforce development, seniors, the arts, and basic human needs. These grants are typically for a period of 12 months and focus on projects that fulfill organizational missions. Root2fruit grants focus instead on the infrastructure of small and mid-sized nonprofits and the capacity of organizations to fulfill their missions; these grants are renewable for two additional years. Communityworks grants strengthen Evanston’s early childhood education system in its efforts to work with low-income families of children 0 to 5 years old, with the goal of having every child ready for kindergarten regardless of family background. Partners for the Future makes matching gift challenge grants to selected organizations to strengthen their ability to attract major gifts from individuals. Community Catalyst Grants allow the Foundation to make small grants to fund immediate needs and opportunities that arise outside other grant cycles.

about the foundation

The EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, founded in 1986 with current assets of more than $19 million, 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.