evanston community rapid response fund

ECRRF_Logo_Donate_Now_3.gifNow is our time to act nimbly and maximize our impact. By donating*, you can help support the most vulnerable in our community and Evanston's vital safety net of nonprofits during this critical period as COVID-19 imperils all of us. 

a unified philanthropic response

The Evanston Community Foundation has launched the Evanston Community Rapid Response Fund to foster a unified philanthropic response to address the impact of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in the Evanston community. Several initial funders have already partnered in helping seed the fund, including the Finnegan Family Foundation, Hagerty Consulting, and Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM).

We are working closely with community-based organizations to identify how to strategically use these funds to support community needs as they evolve. We invite everyone who is currently able to give to contribute to this community-based initiative. With your support, ECF will work to provide flexible resources to organizations working with community members who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak.

addressing immediate community need

With the spread of COVID-19, nonprofit partners are feeling its impact, ultimately affecting our most vulnerable neighbors. ECF is currently surveying and engaging our nonprofit partners to better understand the specific implications of the virus. The Foundation understands the needs that will be greatly exacerbated by this crisis: loss of paychecks, lack of housing, and unmet basic needs leading to the inability to maintain the health standards required to stay safe from the pandemic. We are prepared to address both immediate and long-term needs.

Read about our COVID Response Strategy.

donate now

Donations to the Evanston Community Rapid Response Fund will immediately support this vital effort. Please consider making a contribution to ensure that our most vulnerable populations are protected. 

about the foundation

As a community foundation focused on creating a more vibrant, equitable and inclusive community, ECF is positioned to meet the urgent and emerging needs of our local community. For more than 30 years, we have served as a convener of nonprofit organizations, community members, and civic leaders. We have also served as a coordinator of philanthropic resources to ensure that we are focusing the generosity of our community to have its greatest impact. We are proud to lean into the power of community endowment during difficult times to seed this fund. 

* If you prefer to send a check, direct it to ECF,1560 Sherman Ave., Suite 535, Evanston, IL 60201. Although ECF staff are working remotely, we are regularly retrieving contribution checks delivered to the office. Please email Chief Financial Officer Jan Fischer or call 847.492.0990 with any questions. Thank you for your support.