alumni root2fruit organizations

Building the capacity of Evanston's local organizations.

Since its beginning in 2002, the Foundation's root2fruit program has benefited forty-eight organizations, most of whom received capacity building grants for three years. These organizations are stronger. They have stronger boards. They've built their services. They've improved fundraising and development capacity. root2fruit made this possible.

building capacity and changing organizations

The Foundation staff works with all the root2fruit grantee organizations on an on-going basis. As organizations build capacity specific goals evolve. Designed to build the capacity of small to mid-size nonprofits in Evanston, root2fruit is more than the grant money, building a learning network of grantees and work with an advisory committee made up of experienced nonprofit staff and board leaders over a three year period. Over the years, root2fruit grantee organizations have seen significant improvement in their budgets, fundraising and development capacity, boards, and ability to build their services.

“Three years ago when Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project applied to the Evanston Community Foundation, we didn’t have any visibility in the Evanston’s community. Today people recognize FLAP’s name and send us potential cases,” says Alexandra Sossa, Executive Director of FLAP which “graduated” from root2fruit at the end of 2016. “Having the support of the ECF has been a BIG help to get the support of other foundations too!”

meet the current root2fruit cohort

After receiving root2fruit grants for up to three years, these current grantee organizations will become members of the root2fruit alumni cohort.

Class XIII: 2015-2017
Books & Breakfast
Meals at Home
Muse of Fire

Class XIV: 2016-2018
Chessmen Club of the NorthShore
Girls Play Sports
National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cook County North Suburban (NAMI CCNS)

Class XV: 2017-2019
Evanston Work Ethic (WE) Program
Institue for Therapy through the Arts (ITA)
Reba Early Learning Center

meet the prior root2fruit recipients

Class I: 2003 - 2005
Kids and School Supplies (KASS)
The Musical Offering
Organizacion Latina de Evanston (OLE)
S.O.U.L. Creations

Class II: 2004-2006
Evanston Community Development Association (ECDA)
Open Studio Project

Class III: 2005-2007
Evanston Community Development Corporation
Fellowship of African-American Men (FAAM)
Junior Wildkits
Kids Can Dance (merged into YWCA Evanston/North Shore 2006)

Class IV: 2006-2008
James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy (formerly Evanston Community Defender)
The Lilac Tree: Resources for Divorcing Women
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Class V: 2007-2009
Center for Independent Futures
Citizens Lighthouse Community Land Trust
The Recyclery

Class VI: 2008-2010
The Family Room
Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs (2008-2009)
Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI) (formerly Seniors Action Services

Class VII: 2009-2011
Evanston Coalition for Latino Resources (ECLR)
PEER Services
Percolator Films (formerly Reeltime)

Class VIII: 2010-2012
Infant Welfare Society of Evanston
LIFT (2010-2011)
Piccolo Theatre (formerly Evanston Festival Theatre)

Class IX: 2011-2013
Evanston Day Nursery
Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse
The Talking Farm

Class X: 2012-2014
Evanston Scholars
Mudlark Theater
Next Theater

Class XI: 2013-2015
Curt’s Cafe
Frances Willard Historical Association
Warren W. Cherry Preschool

Class XII: 2014-2016
FLAP (Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project)
Literature for All of Us
Piven Theatre Workshop