In a difficult year, we witnessed Evanstonians coming together to support those in need and helping the community recover and rebuild. Read our 2020 Annual Report: A Year Like No Other

forever! funds—
resources for whatever lies ahead

Forever-Fund-logo-RGB-700.pngEvanston's future depends on what we do today. Do you want to contribute to Evanston's vitality long into the future? Whether $100 or $1,000,000, a gift to a Forever! Fund leaves a legacy for good, empowering ECF to prepare for the future by investing your assets for a brighter tomorrow. 

Thousands of small and large gifts to the Fund for Evanston have made these flexible funds the heart of our Foundation. As new needs and priorities emerge, these funds will give boards of the future the resources to respond.

make a difference now and into the distant future

Giving to our unrestricted endowment places your resources in good hands for the long term. And because we pool many gifts, you participate in big projects that will have an impact for years even if your own contribution is small. 

the Fund for Evanston

The Foundation's original, unrestricted endowment supports programs, initiatives, and grantmaking for Evanston. 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. Learn more about the power of endowment

With a gift of $10,000 or more, you can name a fund within this larger fund; it will be acknowledged in Foundation publications and you may choose to receive periodic reports. Named funds include:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle Anderson Fund
  • Natasha S. Deutsch Fund
  • Evanston Realtors Fund with contributing funds from George Cyrus Memorial Fund
  • Evanston United Way Fund
  • Martha and Don Farley Fund  
  • Rees-Servillo/Jan Heffernan Memorial Dinner Fund
  • Jeffrey M. Schoenberg Honorary Fund

the Foundation Fund

This endowed fund empowers the Foundation's work, supporting program development, community collaborations, grantmaking, and enduring initiatives, for a more vibrant, inclusive, and equitable Evanston. This fund includes:

  • Jim Kogen Foundation Spirit Fund
  • Gene Lavengood Fund
  • Sara Schastok Fund