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. Future workshops will be announced soon. 

News & Events

Register for the Lifting Up Early Childhood community events NOV 20, FEB 26, and APR 15. 

Apply by DEC 2 for Rolling Grants (grants under $5,000).

ECF is seeking consultants to lead our Strategic Planning Process; respond to RFP by DEC 15. 

Announcing Joi-Anissa Russell as ECF's incoming Vice President, Philanthropy and Communications.

Celebrate!Evanston 2020 sign up parties are now available for purchase here.

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.