ecf-30-button-150x150.jpgLOOKING FORWARD — ECF's 2017 Strategic Plan

Leadership Evanston
Signature Program 

We develop knowledgeable community stewards who are willing to roll up their sleeves to get things done for Evanston.

Founded by the Evanston Community Foundation in 1992, more than six hundred individuals who live or work in Evanston have graduated from Leadership Evanston Signature — and 80% of them are still here, participating in our community's life. Meet the recent graduates.

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future leaders working together making Evanston a more vibrant, inclusive, and just community.Your gift to the Leadership Fund today ensures this remarkable program will develop future leaders for the next 25 years. GIVE NOW to the Leadership Fund.




2015-2016 participants

program focus

The Signature program has three areas of focus to help participants grow as local leaders:

•Training in community leadership skills, including creative problem solving, conflict resolution, public policy analysis, effective advocacy, and visioning.

•Broadening participants understanding of Evanston and its assets and challenges.

•Building a network of concerned citizens to strengthen the community.

program structure and schedule

SIgnature_Nov_2015.jpgThe Signature program is a ten-month experiential program starting in September 2016 and running through June 2017. During full day sessions each month, participants use Evanston as a learning laboratory to absorb and practice leadership skills. During class sessions, participants meet and work with over 75 Evanston leaders, from elected officials to grassroots organizers. In addition to class sessions, participants have some reading and experiential homework. Projects in and about Evanston are conducted by small teams during the ten-month class. Learn more about what makes the Signature program valuable.

program participants

Leadership Evanston participants include staff of local companies and institutions, educators, clergy, small business owners, and volunteers involved in non-profits, schools, sports organizations and faith communities (partial list of the representative organizations). Each year, we recruit a diverse group of 30 participants who live and/or work in Evanston, have displayed the capacity for community leadership, and are motivated to take increased responsibility for Evanston’s future. Meet our most recent graduates

program cost

Total 2016-17 program cost is $1500. Costs may be paid by participants or by their employers or sponsoring organizations. Payment plans are available. Scholarships are available — Leadership Evanston is committed to providing access to all.

LE XXV! begins in September

Please contact Jennifer G. Moran or call the office, 847-492-0990 to inquire about the 2017-2018 program.