Your partnership matters. Help Evanston grow today by giving to the Now!Fund with a tax-deductible gift by December 31, 2023. Here We Grow! 

expanding capacity, developing leaders

A strong community needs strong organizations and inspired leaders, committed volunteers and engaged citizens.

The Foundation works to strengthen nonprofits and equip their leaders for future challenges. Our programs broaden and deepen community knowledge, setting the stage for effective civic engagement and helping citizens make a difference.

we strengthen nonprofits

trouble-shooting, listening, sharing expertise, enhancing capacity, ECF supports nonprofits.

we develop leaders

enhancing community knowledge to increase civic engagement, developing more effective leaders. Explore Leadership Evanston.

we offer workshops

to help organizations grow their capacity and network with each other. Learn about upcoming workshops

News & Noteworthy

Please join us in welcoming Leadership Evanston's 32nd Learning Cohort! Learn more

The Evanston Community Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sharon Robinson as the new Board Chair, effective July 1, 2023. Read our full statement here.

Evanston, IL Selected as Finalist for RWJF Culture of Health Prize. Community Improvement Efforts Contribute to Progress in National Selection Process. Read Now.

The Community Foundation is hiring! We are currently seeking a Transformational Gifts Officer. Apply Now.

Read Our 2022 Annual Report — Rooted in Legacy, Prepared for Growth 

Evanston Community Foundation Honored with 2023 ABFE Trailblazer Award for Advancing Reparations Efforts in Community. Read the full story

Evanston Community Foundation Thanks Lisa Altenbernd for 11 Years of Board Service. Read now

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.

is your organization sustainable?

Nonprofit board members and staff know the importance of establishing stable, predictable sources of income. Like personal savings, an organizational endowment fund at ECF can provide your organization with a reliable source of additional income each year.