ECF funds

Following is a complete list of all ECF funds.

ECF offers a full range of funds to meet the needs of our community and to support the philanthropic goals of our donors. To learn more about our different types of funds, please refer to Ways to Give.

in alphabetical order

(by last name for funds in an individual's or family's name)

ABS Funda donor advised fund

Acorn Fund Encourages activities to test new ideas of value to our community.

Shawn Patrick Afryl #56 Shoe Fund Supports under-privileged high school athletes by providing athletic shoes.

All Our Sons Supports boys and young men as they strive to become responsible members of the community.

Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle Anderson Fund Established by the late Mr. & Mrs. Anderson to support ECF's grants and projects; part of our Fund for Evanston

Arts in Community Fund Strengthens Evanston as an extraordinary arts community.

B & J Funda donor advised fund

Balkcom Family Fund for Literacy and Affordable Housing Promotes literacy and affordable housing.

Beatty Family Scholarship Fund Provides assistance to three college-bound ETHS graduates with interest and achievement in the areas of foreign language, journalism or writing, and science, honoring the children of Virginia L. and William K. Beatty: Carol, Margaret and William B.K. Beatty.

Virginia L. and William K. Beatty MLA Volunteer Service Award Recognizes a medical librarian who has demonstrated service to the Medical Library Association and the health sciences library profession.

William K. Beatty Medical History Prize Honors outstanding research in the field of medical history and provides medical history materials to Northwestern University's Galter Health Sciences Library.

Bradley Family Funda donor advised fund

Brewer Family Foundation Fund a donor advised fund

Center for Independent Futures Fund • Supports CIF's mission to create product and service models that give adults with disabilities and their families the skills and opportunities to realize a full life.

Center for Women's History and Leadership Fund Preserves and interprets the Frances Willard House Museum and its historic collections to promote vibrant discussion of Willard's life and her work on behalf of women, temperance and human rights.

Warren 'Billy' Cherry Scholarship Fund Supports scholarships made by the organization honoring the memory of a beloved and respected Evanston educator

Chessmen Legacy Fund Established in memory of Morris Barefield and Charles Thomas to support Evanston youth and elderly.

Chicago Urban Youth Scholarship Fund Provides tuition assistance to students in programs of Midtown Educational Foundation, Chicago.

Chicago Zen Center Fund Supports the mission and programming of the Center.

Communityworks Fund Established to strengthen Evanston in the areas of early childhood education, land use and protection, and workforce training.

Cultural Diversity Initiative Fosters understanding among ethnic and racial groups within early childhood education.

George Cyrus Memorial Fund an unrestricted endowment of the Fund for Evanston

Pearl & Sander Davis Fund for CommunityworksIdentifies and supports systematic approaches to strengthen Evanston in areas of early childhood care and education, land use, and workforce training and development.

Natasha S. Deutsch Fund an unrestricted endowment of the Fund for Evanston

Easter Family Foundation Funda donor advised fund

Eisner Endowment for Roycemore School of Roycemore School Endowment Fund Provides support for faculty and program-related projects.

EDN Fund for Early Childhood Supports grants for high quality early childhood education and the development of children aged 0 to 5.

ETHS Educational Foundation Fund  Distributes funds to Evanston Township High School in order to complement, enhance and enrich, beyond the means of conventional public funding, opportunities that further the educational mission of ETHS. Includes the component funds:

  • Winifred Guthrie Anderson Early Childhood Education Award  Annual award for senior who excelled in early childhood education coursework at ETHS.
  • Oliver Baty Cunningham Memorial Prize Fund  Annual award for Outstanding ETHS Senior Male.
  • David B. Fodor Musician Residency Program Fund  Supports annual artist-in-residency program at ETHS.
  • Richard A. Giesen Memorial Scholarship Fund  Annual scholarship award for graduating senior who has been granted admission to Norhwestern University and plans to study business or finance.
  • Margaret Gunn Scholarship Endowment at ETHS  Annual awards in memory of Margaret Gunn, class of 1945.
  • William and Stella (Levas) Ketter Scholarship Fund Supports annual scholarship to a graduating ETHS senior based on financial need and academic achievement.
  • Jannette E. Lee Memorial Award Fund Supports three annual awards for graduating ETHS seniors who have been consistent, supportive members of academic and extracurricular organizations in addition to maintaining strong academic records.
  • Joseph and Linnie Lee Moragne Memorial Scholarship Fund  Annual awards for African-American ETHS graduates demonstrating high achievement and leadership.
  • Sydney M. Pond Vocational Education Fund  Distributions will be used to enrich the educational experience of students enrolled in Career and Technical Education courses and programs at ETHS.
  • Jack Rakove Award Fund Supports the Jack Rakove History Award presented annually to a senior student who demonstrated growth and improvement in history, honoring 1964 alumnus Jack Rakove.
  • Ron Sellke Mathematics and Citizenship Lecture Series Fund Supports annual lecture presented by a renowned mathematician to ETHS students and the Evanston community.
  • Unterman Fund for ETHS  Supports the educational experience of needy students of good character and academic ability.
  • Barry Zwick Football Scholarship Fund  Annual scholarship award for at least one graduating senior who participated in the football program.

Evanston Climate Action Fund Funds grants for greenhouse gas emission-reduction projects to help Evanston meet the goals of its Climate Action Plan.

Evanston Community Rapid Response Fund • To foster a unified response to the impact of Covid-19 in our community.

Evanston Environmental Assocation Fund  Program and operating support for the Evanston Environmental Association.

Evanston Environmental Education Fund  Advances environmental awareness and promotes environmental stewardship in Evanston through the Evanston Environmental Association.

Evanston Fourth of July Association Fund Supports family-oriented entertainment events on the 4th of July and throughout the summer.

Evanston Gun Buyback Fund Supports the City of Evanston gun buyback program.

Evanston Men Promise Award Fund for Evanston Scholars Supports annual award(s) to honor high achieving participants in Evanston Scholars who exhibit exemplary character, with a preference for senior male students whose families face challenges to college access.

Evanston Realtors Fund an unrestricted endowment of the Fund for Evanston

Evanston Reparations Community Fund • a special project fund. Benefits Evanston’s Black community, to heal racism and address harm caused by discriminatory practices. It will support the efforts of the Reparations Stakeholders Authority (RSA), as it raises funds, develops grant processes, and administers grants to advance Evanston Reparations. A key objective is to ensure funding is available for reparations once the City of Evanston’s tax revenues for reparations are no longer available. The Fund has two components: an action fund will support reparations efforts in coming years, while a permanent fund, invested for long-term growth, is building to a sustainable level.  No grants will be issued from the permanent portion until it reaches $1 million, to sustain reparations work in Evanston long into the future  The Fund will not hold any of the City of Evanston tax dollars, nor will it be involved in the administration of the City’s distributions for reparations. 

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association Fund  Delivers quality, affordable, accessible classical music to the community.

Evanston Two Generation Initiative Fund  Supported the Evanston Two-Generation pilot program advancing economic security and promoting educational success for low-income families of children aged 0 to 6, when parental learning has greatest impact on children's achievement.

Evanston United Way Fund an unrestricted endowment of the Fund for Evanston

Martha and Don Farley Fund an unrestricted endowment of the Fund for Evanston

Leonard Fisher Fund for Nursing Education Funds continuing education for ICU nurses at Highland Park and Lake Forest Hospitals.

Foster Center Our Place Project Fund Facilitates ECF's fiscal sponsorship of Foster Center Our Place in support of their capacity building efforts.

Foster Reading Center Fund Supports this after-school program to increase reading skills and provide readers in home daycare settings.

Foundation Fund an unrestricted endowment providing for Foundation operations this fund reduces our reliance on annual fundraising and helps preserve Fund for Evanston distributions for grants and ECF initiatives.

Friends of the Arts Funda donor advised fund

Fund for Curt’s Café Provides job and life skills training, career coaching, and job placement for youth ex-offenders and at-risk youths in order to enable successful reentry into the Evanston community.

Fund for Evanston an unrestricted endowment. It supports our grantmaking in every area and making your gift to the Fund for Evanston is easy to do. Thousands of small and large gifts since 1987 have experienced great growth.

Fund for Evanston Trees a non-endowed organizational fund. The Fund was established, and its primary purpose is to demonstrate our community support for city elm trees on parkways, in parks and on other public lands. The Fund may support more broadly focused efforts for the care and maintenance of trees and green spaces throughout Evansotn (public or private). Environmental justice for underserved neighborhoods and alignment with the CIty Climate Action and Resilience Plan ("CARP") will guide Fund spending decisions. 

Fund for Women & Girls Supports grants and community education to empower women and girls.

Goldstein/Marshall Family Fund • a donor advised fund

Goodman/Weinberger Funda donor advised fund

Grady Bird Sanctuary Fund for the Evanston Environmental Association  Supports repair and maintenance of the Association's bird sanctuary.

Grandmother Park Fund Supports the upkeep of Grandmother Park, a playlot for toddlers and their families or caregivers.

Gratch Family Fund • a donor advised fund

Green Communities Fund Encourages area residents to focus attention on environmental protection, reduction of greenhouse gases, resource conservation, and energy efficiency.

Hagerty Altenbernd Fund for Evanstona donor advised fund

Susan Willis Heiberger Memorial Garden Fund Maintains the Heiberger Memorial Garden at ETHS.

Hilken Family Funda donor advised fund

Kaput D'Angelo Family Fund • a donor advised fund

Jon Kimmel Memorial Funda donor advised fund

Jim Kogen Foundation Spirit Fund an unrestricted endowment of the Foundation Fund

Avi Kurganoff Memorial Funda donor advised fund

Gene Lavengood Fund an unrestricted endowment of the Foundation Fund

Leadership Chairs Challenge Fund Included in the Leadership Fund to develops individuals' leadership skills in diverse groups through exploration of Evanston's assets and challenges.

Leadership Fund Develops individuals' leadership skills in diverse groups through exploration of Evanston's assets and challenges.

Literature for All of Us Fund  Encourages literature appreciation in youth.

William & Marcia Logan Family Scholarship Fund  a fund to support the long running scholarship program of the Chessmen Club Scholarship Fund. 

Lytle Family Funda donor advised fund

MALTAP Fund • a donor advised fund

Joe "Butch" Martin Funda donor advised fund

Lydia Martin Memorial Fund for Children and the Arts Funds hands-on arts education programs that benefit disadvantaged children and youth.

Rayna and Marvin Miller Fund for Open Communities Advocates for fair and affordable housing

Bruce E. Mitchell Short Story Fund Provides annual awards recognizing outstanding short stories by ETHS juniors.

Lorraine Hairston Morton Fund for Youth Supports organizations and projects to increase employment and educational opportunities for Evanston youth.

David Mulder Mental Health Funda donor advised fund

Murdoch Walker Family Fund • a donor advised fund

North End Mothers' Club Fund Benefits the children of Evanston by promoting and advancing educational, charitable, civic, health, and welfare activities in the community.

North Shore Village Fund  Benefits a network of services enabling seniors to live independently in their homes as vital members of the community.

Now! Fund • The Now! Fund supports ECF’s work in 2021.

P & K Fund • a donor advised fund

PTA Equity Project Fund  To ensure all students in Evanston/Skokie District 65 have equitable access to the important supports and enrichments many PTAs provide. Due to the impact of Covid 19 crisis, the Fund is currently directing substantial resources to vulnerable families at every school.

Partners for the Future Funda donor advised fund

Patricia P. and Jerome E. Fuller Charitable Fund • a donor advised fund

Pendleton Fund • a donor advised fund

Plumtree Funda donor advised fund

Red Bud Fund a donor advised fund

Rees-Servillo Family Funda donor advised fund

Rees-Servillo/Jan Heffernan Memorial Dinner Fund an unrestricted endowment within the Fund for Evanston

Chuck Remen Memorial Fund Benefits Project SOAR at the McGaw YMCA.

Mary Laflin Rockwell Funda donor advised fund

Roycemore School Endowment Fund Provides support for faculty and program-related projects.

Sachs Family Fund • a donor advised fund

Sara Schastok Fund an unrestricted endowment of the Foundation Fund

Sara Schastok Fund for Communityworks Identifies and supports systematic approaches to strengthen Evanston in areas of early childhood care and education, land use, and workforce training and development.

Jeffrey M. Schoenberg Honorary Fund an unrestricted endowment of the Fund for Evanston

Marybeth Schroeder Fund for Leadership Included in the Leadership Fund to develops individuals' leadership skills in diverse groups through exploration of Evanston's assets and challenges.

Marybeth Schroeder Enrichment Fund for ECF  Honors Marybeth Schroeder's 20+ years with ECF; part of the Foundation Fund, to support ECF operations

Second Baptist Church Ione S. Brown Scholarship Fund Provides scholarships to qualified members of Second Baptist Church who participate regularly in an organization, youth activity or worship services at Second Baptist.

Shorefront Legacy Fund • Supports the Shorefront Legacy Center operations and ongoing programming for a one of a kind archive and library that documents the history and activities of the African American communities in the northern suburbs of Chicago.

Hazel E. Smart Memorial Fund • a donor advised fund

Evanston History Center Joan Barr Smith Endowment for Women's History Honors former Evanston mayor Joan Barr Smith and the many other women who have served as leaders in Evanston and supports the work of the Evanston Women's History Project at the Evanston History Center.

Sweers' Fund for an Equitable and Resilient Evanston To support Evanston's most vulnerable community members and address inequities in our community's systems that have adversely affected our black, brown, and economically disadvantaged community members.

Norman W. Thomas Jr. Scholarship Fund Provides college or technical school scholarship assistance to a graduating ETHS senior.

Rose and Andy Thomas Educational Fund Provides scholarship assistance to a graduating ETHS senior who is a first or second generation resident of the USA and/or has an interest in international travel and studies; supports early childhood education and anti-hunger initiatives.

Ticus Family Funda donor advised fund

Tree House Humane Society Fund • Organizational endowment to benefit Tree House

Un-Anonymous Althese Fund • a donor advised fund

Charlie Vernon Performance Fund • a donor advised fund

Faith Vilas Fund for Youth Provides for programs serving youth.

Waskow Slater Family Funda donor advised fund

Weisblat Family Funda donor advised fund

YEA! Harvey Pranian Legacy Fund for the ArtsThe Fund preserves the thirty year legacy of YEA! and honors Founder and Project Director, Harvey Pranian. Grants support projects and opportunities to advance the development of Evanston children and youth, pre-school through high school, through the arts.

Youth Job Center Endowed Fund  Supports employment-related services for disadvantaged and at-risk youth.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore Education Fund Provides education scholarships for Evanston girls and young women, consistent with the mission of the YWCA.

Zunamon-Cunniff Family Funda donor advised fund