reach and impact
A great way to get to know us and the value of what we do is to read about our work. We've helped organizations transform themselves, responded to bring new experiences to Evanston through collaboration, and granted more than $12 million to over 175 organizations.
The Joan Barr Smith Endowment for Women's History of the Evanston History Center was established as an outgrowth of the work started through the Evanston Women's History Project. Read more
Thanks to a 2015 responsive grant, Piven Theatre was able to team up with other local organizations to craft the Quality of Mercy Project, a community programming initiative that helped Evanstonians explore the play’s timely subjects of capital punishment, justice, mass incarceration, racial inequality, forgiveness, and compassion. Read more
“Going through the Foundation’s root2fruit capacity-building program changed everything for Mudlark,” says Michael Miro, Executive Director of Mudlark Theatre. Read more
The Joe "Butch" Martin donor advised fund flourishes. With help from ECF’s donor advised fund program, three generations of Joe Martin’s family work together to honor his memory. Read more