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

Our office will be closed on July 3 & July 4 in celebration of the holiday.

Curious about donor advised funds? Explore ECF's resources.

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Responsive Grants organizations. The grant year begins on July 1. Initial documents are due by June 20. View grantee resources.

We're accepting applications for the ten-month Leadership Evanston class starting in September. Learn more and apply.

Mark your calendars to join us at Evanston Forever! our Celebrate!Evanston 2017 gala on October 5th. Give back to your community by becoming a sponsor.

¡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.