Jane Doyle, founder and retired executive director at CIF, Marybeth Schroeder and Sara Schastok of ECF and Ann Sickon, current executive director of CIF at a reception at Found. Photo by Genie Lemieux, Evanston Photographic Studios

Center for Independent Futures (CIF) hosted a reception for more than 100 friends, community partners and supporters at Found Kitchen and Social House last month.

“This is our opportunity to thank all of the individuals who that have supported us since the beginning, 12 years ago,” said CIF Executive Director Ann Sickon. The event marked the official announcement of a grant opportunity awarded to CIF from the Evanston Community Foundation (ECF). The Partners for the Future grant, in its fourth year, will provide CIF with up to $100,000 in a matching challenge. Sara Schastok, president and CEO of ECF, announced the grant to those gathered at Found, stating, “We believe that CIF is in a position to use this opportunity to take them to the next level in Evanston, expanding the organization’s reach and building long-term sustainability,” said Ms. Schastok.