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grant awards celebration
May 27

May 19, 2015 | ECF Press Release

The Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) will announce its 2015 responsive grant recipients and celebrate all of its grantmaking at the annual Grant Awards Celebration on Wednesday, May 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the third floor atrium and auditorium at One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston. The event is free and open to the public. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

record responsive grants

ECF Vice President for Programs Marybeth Schroeder said, "We are thrilled to be announcing a record amount in our responsive grantmaking this year, in large part due to our longtime partnership with Northwestern University's Dance Marathon and the largest group of grantmaking partners we have ever had. With this support, we are able to say yes to innovative approaches and partnerships addressing Evanston's challenges."Members of the Northwestern University Dance Marathon Executive Committee with ECF President & CEO Sara Schastok at the 2014 Grant Awards Celebration.  Photo by Jill Brazel.

grantmaking programs

The Evanston Community Foundation offers grants through several programs: Responsive Grants, root2fruit, Communityworks, Partners for the Future, and Community Catalyst.

Responsive Grant award recipients represent the 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 one-year grants are typically are for both program and organizational sustainability.

Made possible by a partnership with the Mammel Foundation, root2fruit grants build the infrastructure of small and mid-sized nonprofits and the capacity of organizations to fulfill their missions. Grants are renewable for a total of three years, during which organizations are part of a learning community.

Communityworks grants work strategically toward the goal of ensuring that every child is ready for kindergarten.  Current grants focus on strengthening Evanston's early childhood system as it supports 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, funded through an anonymous partner, strengthens selected organizations' ability to attract major gifts from individuals through a matching gift challenge. 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 approximately $20 million in 80-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.