Celebrate!Evanston will be held on September 22, 2022.  Please save the date!

we’re here for good, for a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable community

It takes initiative to lead a community where it wants to go. Step one is settling on the goal — and that takes a lot of what we offer: listening, synthesizing and consensus-building. We’re engaging our community, making grants, training leaders, connecting people and organizations, while we tackle challenges and explore opportunities.  

we’re here for good

leading Evanston where it wants to go, building endowments for the future, providing resources for the present.

we’re here because

our founders and donors, our partners and volunteers are committed to a better future for Evanston.

we’re making a difference

responding to meet emerging needs and tackling longstanding problems, adding value.

News & Events

Save the date to join us at Celebrate!Evanston on SEPT 22. TIckets will be available soon. 

Read ECF's 2021 Annual Report — I am because you are. The work we do together exemplifies the true meaning of philanthropy, which is rooted in “the love of humanity.”

Apply by September 5th to join the 31st Leadership Evanston Signature Program cohort. Learn more about the program and how to apply.

Learn about ECF's Equity Promise, and stand with us by giving to the Now! Fund today. 

ECF leads effort to engage community as Evanston considers how to spend $43M in ARPA Rescue Funds. Learn more and read the report, available in English and Spanish.

The Reparations Stakeholders Authority of Evanston (RSAE) announced the establishment of a Fund with ECF that will provide investment support to advance Evanston’s Reparations Program.

Sobre la Fundación. ¡Se habla español! La oficina de Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) es bilingüe. Para servir a nuestra communidad de una manera mas efectiva, favor de contactarnos al 847-492-0990 o mándarnos un correo electrónico.

strategic plan

The four principles of our strategic plan, approved and adopted in 2017 are:
orange-bullet.png We focus on equity

teal-bullet.png We listen first

blue-bullet.png Sustainability is critical

red-bullet.png Our leadership is in service to community

In 2020 the Foundation drew upon all four principles to respond strategically and with purpose to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on our community. Read more about ECF’s Relief, Recovery and Rebuild phases for grantmaking from the Evanston Community Rapid Response Fund and the collaborations underlying those efforts.

Learn more about our strategic plan – our mission, principles and goals – and how to invest with us.