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 the current topics in our annual series of workshops.

News & Events

The next opportunity for Rolling Grants review is Sept 1. The grants under $5000 are awarded throughout the year.

Already accepted to Leadership Evanston starting Sept 7? Pay the registration fee and tuition online now.

Small-to-midsize organizations are invited to apply for capacity-building root2fruit grants and root2fruit alumni organizations can apply for alumni grants. Apply by Oct 10, 11:59pm.

Evanston Cradle to Career (EC2C) partners can submit proposals for United Way distributions to advance EC2C goals. Sept. 15 deadline.

Evanston in a day! Register to attend Snapshot Evanston, a one-day orientation, Wed Oct. 25.

¡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.