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Marybeth Schroeder upcoming retirement 

August 29, 2019 | ECF Press Release

ECF plans for transition as it honors and celebrates Schroeder's achievements.


Marybeth's contributions to ECF
mbs-350x470.jpgIn the 20 years, Marybeth has been with ECF, the Foundation’s programs and community engagement have grown exponentially. She started her service at the foundation as Director of Leadership Evanston and grew in her career with the Foundation to Vice President of Programs.

In her early years, she led the development of the Foundation’s signature Leadership Evanston program which is now in its 28th year. Since the Foundation began to grow its impact with the addition of its first Executive Director in 2001, Marybeth has been instrumental in building its capacity. She has managed the root2fruit program since its inception in 2003, helping over 50 organizations develop their long-term sustainability. She’s built the Partners in the Future and Building the Future programs, as well as being deeply involved in the development of ECF’s Communityworks strategies and grants. Marybeth helped found Evanston Cradle to Career and has served on its operations team since its inception. 

Following her retirement, Marybeth will continue her engagement with the Foundation as a consultant, continuing her commitment to nonprofit community and Evanston. 

in Marybeth's words

“It’s been the privilege of my lifetime to work at the Foundation during such a rich period of growth and creativity,” says Marybeth. “I’ve loved being a part of building resources of people, expertise, and organizations to help Evanston be more just, vibrant, and equitable, and I’ve loved working with so many wonderful colleagues, both at ECF and in the community.”

building our leadership team

As part of the transition, program officer Rebecca Cacayuran will be promoted to Vice President of Programs. Rebecca has extensive experience working and volunteering in the nonprofit and advocacy sector and is well engaged in the local community. She has served multiple roles at the Foundation on both fundraising and program initiatives and has worked closely with Marybeth over the years building the Foundation’s successful grantmaking and knowledge-building programs. 

The Foundation will also promote Jennifer Moran to the new position of Director of Leadership and Training, where she will oversee all the Foundation’s knowledge-building and community education programming. Moran’s background in education and community building is a great asset for the foundation. Her expanded role is a natural step forward and will enhance the Foundations outreach abilities. In addition, ECF will be adding to the team by hiring a new program officer to join the staff.

The Foundation and Evanston at-large have benefited greatly from the leadership of Marybeth Schroeder, Rebecca Cacayuran, and Jennifer Moran and their investments in the community are long-lasting and intentional. The Foundation is very grateful for their contributions and excited about the next chapter of their leadership. 

about the foundation

The EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, founded in 1986 with current assets of more than $25 million in 100-plus funds, 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. ECF is poised to continue its growth because of the many donors and partners who support our vision of being an ever-growing reservoir of resources for this community. We honor their commitment and welcome new partnerships.