community foundations defined

The first community foundation was established 100 years ago. According to the Council on Foundations, there are more than 750 community foundations operating in urban and rural areas in all 50 states. 

Evanston Community Foundation established in 1986 is one of 27 member community foundations in the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations.

what is a community foundation?

A community foundation is a tax-exempt, autonomous & nonsectarian philanthropic institution supported by the public with long-terms goals of:

♦ building permanent funds established by donors to carry out their charitable interests;   
♦ supporting the broad interests and residents of a defined geographic area; and,
♦ serving in leadership roles on important community issues

Community foundations have independent governing boards to ensure the foundations reflect and serve the breadth and diversity of the community.

about the foundation

The Evanston Community Foundation, celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2016, 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.