Defining a challenge is the first stage in a venture. Which opportunities align with ECF’s mission? Who should be at the table? Where can we make a measurable difference? Challenges and potential rewards are big. Learn more.

we set agendas

when ECF is best equipped to take the lead toward shared goals, such as our Every Child, Every Youth initiative, a living thing, changing with new ideas.

we collaborate

where Foundation participation in coalitions may enable us all to realize success. Launched in 2014 is the Evanston Cradle to Career Initiative.

we engage

to address issues that seem to defy solutions and aren’t yet “ripe’ for targeted ventures.

new two-generation approach
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Since 2013, ECF, Northwestern University, and Ascend at the Aspen Institute have partnered to pilot an innovative Two-Generation program for Evanston, linking career exploration and goal-setting for low-income parents with early childhood education for their young children. The program complements our Communityworks initiative, Every Child Ready for Kindergarten, Every Youth Ready for Work.

Evanston cradle to career

Evanston Cradle to Career has launched! This important collective impact effort, which seeks to ensure that all Evanston youth are ready to be successful and healthy adults by the age of 23, has kicked off its initial solution design team focusing on community literacy.  As one of the inaugural leaders to establish this groundbreaking effort, ECF continues to be actively engaged. Learn more.