JN092-100x100.jpg  Thank you to all the donors who gave to ECF in 2017 to create a vibrant, just and inclusive community.

fundraising service grants

The recent one year program was designed to build the fundraising capacity of small to mid-sized nonprofits. With the completion of the program in November 2016, the Foundation is evaluating its successes and exploring future opportunities to provide similar programs.

one-year program

Twelve organizations completed the year-long program comprised of bi-monthly training and networking meetings, as well as partnering with designated fundraising experts assigned to work with each organization addressing specific goals and fundraising strategies. Organizations leveraged their existing data to assess their fundraising potential, built a 12-month fundraising plan, created tools to engage their boards and designed tools needed to raise money from different constituencies. Reporting significant improvements in their development plans, board engagement plans, cases for support and grant calendars the organizations honed plans for annual gifts and donor acquisition, among other aspects of fundraising.

Helping Evanston nonprofits create and sustain better fundraising results was the impetus for both an initial 2015 ten-week Fundraising Project pilot, and the subsequent 12-month program. Currently, ECF staff is in the midst of evaluating this innovative program to determine next steps. These programs were critical pilots as stepping stones to other possible capacity building efforts.

roles of ECF and DonorPath

ECF managed the grant agreements, coordinated the Evanston-based Learning Network meetings, and evaluated the pilot. DonorPath consultants provided regular consulting sessions, data analytics and other resources, and worked with the organizaitons to create fundraising materials.


Partners for the Future underwrote a significant portion of the DonorPath subscription costs and participating organizations covered the remaining costs.