grant awards, annual meeting, and celebration

May 11, 2016 | ECF Press Release

The Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) will announce the 2016 grant recipients at its Grants Awards Celebration and Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 26, with a 5:30 reception and 6:30 program in the Crystal Ballroom at The Merion, 529 Davis Street, Evanston.

Open to the public, reservations are recommended for this free event.

event overview

Traditionally, the grant awards celebration and the annual meeting have been hosted as two separate events. This year the single event not only celebrates recipients of the full range of ECF grants, but also allows key stakeholders to be engaged in the complete scope of the Foundation’s work. ECF will recognize the grant recipients from all of our grantmaking cycles including Communityworks, root2fruit, Responsive, Partners for the Future, and Fundraising Service Grants.

ECF President and CEO Monique B. Jones said, “We are excited to bring everyone together in the spring to provide an update on the organization and make grant awards in support of all the important work in our nonprofit community. We hope to see you on Thursday, May 26.”

full range of ECF grants

Responsive Grant Award recipients represent a broad range community opportunities and needs including early childhood, 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 programs or capacity building that fulfill organizational missions. 2015 Responsive Grant Awardees. Photo by Jill Brazel

Root2fruit grants focus 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.

Current 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.

Partners for the Future makes matching gift challenge grants to selected organizations to strengthen their ability to attract major gifts from individuals. Fundraising Service Grants match participating organizations with professional fundraisers to develop fundraising programs to sustain their nonprofit missions.

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.