You are cordially invited to attend ECF’s Grant Awards Celebration & Annual Meeting on May 30th! Click here to register. 

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"Leadership Evanston stewards an experience for the greater good of our community. Leadership Evanston makes sure lasting relationships matter."

ECF builds leadership capacity for Evanston. Leadership Evanston fulfills this mission with programs that enhance knowledge of the community and facilitate civic engagement. Strong communities need strong leaders.

we build leaders

Signature Leadership is an intensive ten-month experience, developing committed leaders for Evanston who understand our community's diverse perspectives.
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we make a difference

Through our four key programs, Leadership Evanston imparts concrete, practical skills. Our alumni have become aldermen, local officials, and leaders of Evanston’s nonprofits. Learn more

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Leadership Evanston XXVIII, is now accepting applications. This signature, the ten-month program begins in September 2019. Online applications for the new cohort are now available.
Contact Jennifer Moran at moran(at) for more information.

leadership alumni

Leadership Evanston alumni and friends will celebrate again together in April 2019. Join us to honor the philithropic engagement of our small business alumni. Details coming soon! Connect with 730+ alumni.

We can reach the broader community with your help! Contribute to the Leadership Fund.