The City of Evanston is looking to secure additional revenues from non-traditional sources such as corporate, foundation and government resources. As a first step in this process, the city is seeking a diverse array of community members to serve on two eleven-member resource development committees that will support the Police and Fire Departments and another to support an Evanston-based Federally Qualified Health Center. The deadline to submit an application is February 25, 2011 at 5 p.m.

“Nearly 75 percent of all charitable giving in the U.S. comes from individuals, the city is looking to more fully engage our own residents and community members in meaningful ways to sustain and enhance programming and services,” explained City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz. “Public-private partnerships are key to sustaining the highest caliber of city services for residents; this is a unique way for local governments to approach many of the funding problems we face as we emerge from an economic recession that has seriously challenged us on every economic level.”

Each committee will be community-based and tasked with the sole purpose of increasing individual human and financial engagement for their respective initiatives. Both committees will be supported by City Development Officer Davon Woodard who will provide staffing, as well as fundraising planning and execution consultation.

Committee members will: provide insight and support in committee strategic visioning and fundraising planning; contribute personal and professional expertise in achieving committee priorities; dedicate 5-6 hours per month to committee responsibilities; attend all in-person and conference call meetings and special events; outreach to and engage Evanston residents and community members in committee mission and fundraising efforts; and, work to reinforce positive relationship between committee and Evanston community.

Evanston residents are encouraged to play an active role in helping the city provide the much-needed services to the community by applying for the open positions on these two resource development committees. To apply, please fill out the application online at, keyword search “Evanston fundraising” or contact Davon Woodard, Development Officer at 847/448-8103 or