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ECF awards $258,330 to
twenty-eight organizations

May 29, 2014 | ECF Press Release

The many organizations who will receive ECF competitive and strategic grants of nearly $800,000 in 2014 were honored at the celebration.

On May 29, 2014 ECF and community members celebrated the missions and accomplishments of Evanston's non-profit community. After introducing our root2fruit and Communityworks grantees, 28 grants were awarded to to organizations selected from a strong pool of 73 in our annual responsive/competitive grants cycle.

responding to community needs and opportunities

Responsive grants awarded at the celebration represent 33% of the nearly $800,000 the Foundation expects to distribute in 2014 through its competitive and strategic grants which include Communityworks, root2fruit, and community catalyst grant programs as well as grants for key strategic initiatives and collaborations.

“Tonight’s awards demonstrate the depth of commitment the Foundation has to the Evanston community,” said ECF President and CEO Sara Schastok. “The 28 grantees were selected from a strong pool of 73 proposals requesting $805,709. If we had the resources, we would have awarded at least an additional 24 grants, and more than twice the dollars. Continuing growth of our endowment will let us say ‘yes!’ to more work that will benefit Evanston residents.”

Mike Brody, Chair of the Foundation’s grants committee and Vice-Chair of the Board said, “The grants committee, comprised of Board members, community representatives and the Northwestern University Dance Marathon executive co-chairs, believes that this slate of grantee recipients demonstrates the broad range of creative and productive thinking on how we can all make Evanston a more vibrant, just and inclusive community.”

special initiative grant

The grants include a $15,000 special initiative grant to the Midwest Child-Parent Centers Expansion to enhance achievement for PreK to third graders by investing in one cohort of low-income families through strategies of parental support and engagement in their children’s education. This grant is the third installment of five ECF grants to this collaboratively funded project at the D65 Family Center, Childcare Center of Evanston, and the four Title I elementary schools of D65. Evanston foundations have contributed $460,000 toward this federally funded project.

2014 grant award recipients

Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston
Center for Economic Progress
Center for Independent Futures
Warren W. Cherry Preschool
Ciencia para Todos
CJE Senior Life
Community Partners for Affordable Housing
Connections for the Homeless, Inc.
Edible Evanston
Erie Family Health Center
Erika's Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope For Adolescent Depression
Evanston Art Center
Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse
Evanston Scholars
Evanston Swims!
Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association
Family Focus
Frances Willard Historical Association
The Harbour, Inc.
Literature for All of Us
James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
Mudlark Theater Company
Next Theatre Co.
Northlight Theatre
Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella)
Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc.
YWCA Evanston/North Shore

The Responsive Grants awarded tonight are funded by several sources including the Fund for Evanston, the Foundation’s unrestricted endowment. Draws from endowed Field of Interest funds will fund 12 grants in the following program areas: affordable housing, arts, arts education, boys, environment, workforce development, women and girls, and youth. Outside sources such as Northwestern University Dance Marathon and family foundations are significant contributors to ECF grants, making up the other two-thirds of the responsive grants pool.

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.