a best way to give?

We encourage you to think, as we do, about the long-term project of growing resources for the Evanston of years from now, while supporting Evanston’s needs now. Both are important.

make a difference now

Gifts that support the full range of Foundation programs, grants and operations through our Annual Fund empower us to do more now than would be possible if we relied solely on endowment.

build for the long term

Giving to endowment builds Evanston’s resource base to meet its future needs, whatever these may be in ten, or in twenty years. You may be surprised to learn how a gift you make today can address today’s issues but still grow to meet future needs. Learn more about the power of endowment, and about funds to meet more specific goals and interests. 

leave a legacy for the community you call home, or ensure the life of your cause

Future gifts made through estate plans or as part of a financial plan can offer tax-wise benefits along with the satisfaction of knowing you are providing for causes you care about. These gifts make you eligible to join our Daniel Burnham Society. Continue to planned giving and the Daniel Burnham Society.

honor what matters to you

You can celebrate or memorialize a loved one or a special occasion with a gift of any size to any established fund. Learn more about honorary and memorial giving. And you can also start a new fund to recognize a person or cause you care about. Several types of endowed funds allow you to:

become a grantmaking partner

Do you have a private foundation or a donor advised fund? Would you like to broaden your giving horizons without the burden of receiving unsolicited proposals? Learn about grantmaking partners and special partnerships in support of strategic initiatives.