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maximize the impact
of your philanthropy

Explore the opportunities to establish funds at ECF, as three generations of Joe "Butch" Martin's family did in working together to establish a donor advised fund to honor his memory.

Now and tomorrow, ECF invests in Evanston creatively and strategically. Our investments evolve to address our community’s most pressing challenges, seize opportunities, and act as a catalyst to bring ideas to life.

we strive for impact

embracing innovative, sustainable approaches to strengthen all of Evanston. Learn more

we add value

to your charitable giving, with knowledge and expertise that help your resources go farther.
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we earn your trust

making wise use of your gifts through sound management and investment practices.
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philanthropy in action

Learn about the extraordinary effort of our donors to support Covid relief in 2020. We’ve come a long way since 1987 when we awarded $30,000 to fifteen organizations.

resources for professional advisors

Your clients can improve the lives of others while making wise financial choices for themselves and their families. Let us be a resource to you.

The Evanston Community Foundation gratefully accepts contributions from donors wherever they may be located; however, no information presented on this site is intended as a solicitation of contributions from persons outside Illinois. Our mission is to help Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive and just community, and our fundraising efforts focus on Illinois residents.