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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 November 2016. Our mission:

Helping Evanston thrive as a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable community, the Evanston Community Foundation builds, connects, and distributes resources and knowledge through local organizations for the common good.

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.