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leading Evanston
where it wants to go

The Evanston Community Foundation is dedicated to enriching Evanston and the lives of its people, now and in the future. We help lead Evanston where it wants to go.

our mission statement

The ECF Board of Directors approved the revised mission statement in February 2024. Our mission:

Our mission is to mobilize community resources to drive systemic social change and build a thriving, resilient Evanston. We achieve this by: 

  • Investing in community with a long-term and sustainable perspective 
  • Empowering leaders to foster innovation and collaboration 
  • Prioritizing community voice and choice

Evanston Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1986


ECF uses the term BIPOC to highlight the unique history of oppression and continual, systemic discrimination that Black and Indigenous people experience within a U.S. context. These systems, built on white supremacy culture, impact all People of Color. As such, ECF prioritizes organizations led by and/or centered on the voices of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian community members, and those impacted by multiple intersectional systems of oppression.