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Partners for the Future

Since 2010, Evanston Community Foundation has had an extraordinary opportunity to invest in the capacity of high-performing Evanston organizations.

Anonymous donors contributed $500,000 to create the Partners for the Future Fund at the Foundation in order to provide matching funds in the range of $50,000 to $100,000 to help build organizations’ ability to increase major gifts.

1:1 matching gift challenge grants

Partners for the Future is a long-term project. In the course of five to ten years, a succession of organizations will be awarded 1:1 matching gift challenge grants to double their donors' new and increased giving. Each organization will have twelve months to meet its fundraising objectives. Funds can be used for current operations, held in operating reserves, or used to create or add to endowments. 

grant process

Partners for the Future is by invitation only for Evanston based nonprofits.

five successes and counting

As of mid-2017, the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy is completing a $100,000 Partners for the Future challenge. Since 2010, five organizations have successfully completed a Partners for the Future Challenge. The most recent grantee, meeting a $100,000 challenge, was Evanston Scholars in 2015-2016. They were preceded by the YWCA Evanston/North Shore in 2010-11, Connections in 2011-12, Housing Options (Impact Behavioral Health Partners as of 2017) in 2013-14, and Center for Independent Futures in 2014-15.