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responsive grants

For 2018/2019, ECF announced $337,500 in responsive grants to 26 organizations, determined by a committee of community members. Each of these grants further the Foundation’s strategic goals of an inclusive and equitable Evanston, an empowered and engaged community that collaborates, and a thriving nonprofit sector.

2019 NUDM Co-chairs Justin Savin and CJ Patel with Judy Witt, Responsive Grants Committee chair and ECF board memberWe’ve come a long way since 1987 when we awarded $30,000 to 15 organizations. This growth is due to the increase in ECF's endowment and to the generosity of our grantmaking partners, especially Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM).

2018/2019 responsive grants recipients

Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook CountyBooks & BreakfastCenter for Independent Futures Warren W. Cherry Preschool Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook CountyChildren’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois Connections for the Homeless Curt’s Cafe Erie Family Health Center Evanston ScholarsEvanston Symphony Orchestra AssociationGarrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Girls Play Sports, Inc. NFP The Harbour, Inc.Housing Opportunities for WomenImpact Behavioral Health PartnersInterfaith Action of EvanstonMcGaw YMCAThe James B. Moran Center for Youth AdvocacyNorth Shore Senior CenterNorthlight TheatrePEER Services, Inc.Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI)Y.O.U. (Youth & Opportunity United)Youth Job CenterYWCA Evanston/North Shore