Read our digital 2017 annual report — Working Together for a Stronger Evanston

partnering for Evanston's future: NUDM and ECF

Since 1998, Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) and ECF have been partners, working together to make Evanston a more just, vibrant, and inclusive community. For 21 years, ECF has been the secondary beneficiary of one of the nation’s most successful student philanthropies, and 2019 will be the 22nd year!

NUDM has awarded ECF over $1.2 million over the years, making NUDM one of the Foundation’s top four donors. 

designating ECF as NUDM's secondary beneficiary

Grant-award-045-350x475.jpgECF is grateful to NUDM for naming us again as their secondary beneficiary in 2019. We look forward to NUDM 2019 and congratulate the NUDM 2019 Executive Co-chairs CJ Patel and Justin Savin, in photo, as they take leadership in planning the 45th Northwestern University Dance Marathon, including the partnership with Communities in Schools of Chicago as the primary beneficiary. #EmpowerTomorrow

In 2018, ECF received over $104,000. These funds support ECF’s grants and programs, with the majority in the Responsive Grants pool, significantly increasing the Foundation’s ability to fund the best investments for Evanston’s future.

NUDM funds have also allowed ECF to respond creatively to the community’s challenges and new ideas by seeding our Community Catalyst grants beginning in 2013, which respond quickly and nimbly to emergency and new ideas and advance strategic initiatives throughout the year.

partnership is more than money

The NUDM and ECF partnership is about more than money. Each year, the NUDM Executive Co-chairs, serve on ECF’s Responsive Grants committee, sharing their insights to help select the strongest proposals. We are grateful to 2018 NUDM co-chairs Jamie Newman and Daniel Nussbaum for their leadership and exemplary service on our 2018 responsive grants committee. Throughout the year, NUDMers help out at the Foundation’s annual benefit and support ECF’s program work.

During the months leading up to the March DM weekend, executive board members and dancers volunteer for organizations funded by Responsive Grants — bringing needed support to organizations and providing NU students with opportunities to know Evanston better and get nonprofit experience.

Together, NUDM and ECF strengthen each other’s work — and strengthen the community. It’s exciting to dance into the future together!

collaboration honored

In September, 2017, ECF and NUDM received the Evanston MashUp Evanston/Northwestern Catalyst Award, an annual award given to recognize people and organizations with committed partnerships between NU and the city.