Our community partnerships define us. Look at Northwestern University’s Dance Marathon. Since 1998, DM has awarded nearly $1 million to ECF. This year alone they gave us over $92,000! We give their gifts back to Evanston through community grants and programming. Here’s to many more years together! give now!
Since fall 2012, we have been at the planning table for Evanston Cradle to Career (C2C) with city government, schools, Northwestern, and partners from the nonprofit, business, and faith communities. Our goal: to ensure all Evanstonians are ready for a healthy and productive adulthood by age 23. give now!
Our visionary president and CEO, Sara Schastok, retires later this year. During Schastok’s 14-year tenure, ECF’s assets increased six-fold to more than $20 million, and annual grants and distributions grew to over $1 million. Her hard work put together a full-service community foundation: making grants, building connections, sharing what we learn, and encouraging new thinking. give now!
ECF honors Foundation board member Diana Cohen with the 2014 Jim Kogen Foundation Spirit Award. Over the years, Diana’s time, talent and financial gifts have made an enormous impact on our community. Members of our Burnham Society, Diana and her husband pledge to include the Foundation in their estate plans. We are humbled by their dedication to Evanston's future. give now!
We draw innovation to Evanston. Last spring, we brought the Chicago’s People’s Music School to the Family Focus Center. The new youth orchestra teaches discipline and teamwork—without fees! ECF helps makes the joy of music available to all. give now!
After lifelong Evanstonian David Mulder passed away, his family came to us to set up a fund in his memory. Our first fund dedicated to mental health issues grew to over $70,000 in just ten months. Each year, the Mulders consult with us about making a grant to a local organization working in this crucial underfunded field. give now!
We make a difference beyond Evanston. With our support and mentoring, the Center for Independent Futures developed the coaching program, Full Life Futures Process. It helps young Evanstonians with disabilities set and implement meaningful goals. The program, now used by school districts, nonprofits, and families across Illinois, may soon be available nationwide. give now!
Through 27 years of changing financial markets, the Foundation’s portfolio has produced a 9.2% average annual return and a steady, if modest, increase in performance relative to our blended benchmark—a weighted mixture of market indices used to evaluate our portfolio performance. give now!
We're here for good.
We're here for good.
Evanston is our home, our mission, and our cause. If this matches your thinking, we are here to help you find ways to meet your goals. Eighty funds show our versatility!
For a complete list of funds, visit: evanstonforever.org/giving
28 Responsive Grants
4 Community Catalyst Grants
10 Communityworks Grants
9 root2fruit Grants for
5 root2fruit alumni Grants
56 projects benefit from your gifts!
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