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over $825,000 in grants announced

June 1, 2018 | ECF Press Release

ECF announced competitive and strategic grants totaling over $825,000 for 2018/2019.

The 2018 Grant Awards Celebration and Annual Meeting was held on May 31, 2018.

opening remarks

ECF President and CEO Monique B. Jones opened the event with the State of the Foundation remarking, “In this moment, we are focusing equally between stewarding our community of donors and being a community leader.”

honoring exemplary board service

Board Chair Diana Cohen presented the Jim Kogen Foundation Spirit Award for exemplary board leadership. The 2018 award was awarded to Michael Brody, immediate past Chair. Cohen said, “Mike has been an energetic and tireless leader within the Foundation . . . inspiring fellow board members to work toward ECF’s vision of a just, vibrant, and inclusive community.”

responsive grants announced

A record of $337,500 in Responsive Grants was awarded to 26 organizations that serve Evanston residents. Vice President for Programs Marybeth Schroeder said, “These grants advance the Foundation’s strategic goals of equity, collaboration, and a thriving nonprofit community. We’re proud to work with these creative and dedicated organizations in Evanston.”

The 2018 Responsive Grant Award recipients include: Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County, Books & Breakfast, Center for Independent Futures, Warren W. Cherry Preschool, Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County, Children's Home & Aid Society of Illinois, Connections for the Homeless, Curt's Café, Erie Family Health Center, Evanston Scholars, Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Girls Play Sports, The Harbour, Housing Opportunities for Women, Impact Behavioral Health Partners, Interfaith Action of Evanston, McGaw YMCA, The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, North Shore Senior Center, Northlight Theatre, PEER Services, Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI), Y.O.U. (Youth & Opportunity United), Youth Job Center, and the YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

recognizing grants program recipients

ECF-grant-awards-176-700x350.jpgRepresentatives of the grant recipient organizations posed together after the celebration.

The Foundation also recognized the grantees from all of its grant programs, including Communityworks, Partners for the Future and Building the Future, root2fruit, Rolling, Community Catalyst, and Climate Action Grants.

Marybeth Schroeder and Sheila MerryAdditionally, Sheila Merry, executive director of Evanston Cradle to Career (EC2C), highlighted grants to EC2C partners addressing systems change in Evanston. ECF is the fiscal sponsor for EC2C and was designated by EC2C to coordinate a grants process for funds received from United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

nudm grantmaking partner

Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) 2019 Co-Chairs CJ Patel and Justin Savin announced to the Evanston community NUDM’s primary beneficiary, Communities In Schools of Chicago. NUDM annually contributes 10% of their proceeds to ECF grants and programs, totaling over $1.14 million during their 21 year partnership. The NUDM 2018 primary beneficiary, Cradles to Crayons, has partnered with ECF to expand to Evanston. Several Evanston early childhood programs now receive clothing, books, and supplies for children in their programs who need those items.

about the foundation

Founded in 1986, the Evanston Community Foundation helps Evanston thrive now and forever as a just, vibrant and inclusive community. It builds, connects, and distributes resources and knowledge to Evanston – not just one group, neighborhood or issue – all of Evanston. ECF stands ready to be a thought partner, a collaborator, an investor, a facilitator, and most of all a convener to grow impact. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.