Rebecca Waite Cacayuran has rejoined the staff of the Evanston Community Foundation as program officer.

Cacayuran (pronounced Khak-yearn), most recently was director of major and planned gifts for Planned Parenthood of Illinois and was a steering committee member of the Collaborative Fundraising Initiative, piloting a national project with participation from affiliates across the country and the national office. 

She previously worked for ECF from 2005 to 2009 as assistant  director and as director of development and communications.

She was the first dedicated development officer at ECF and raised both annual funds and gifts for Foundation endowment funds.  She represented the foundation in the launch of the Evanston Women’s History project, a collaborative project involving 12 local organizations.

ECF President and CEO Sara Schastok said in a news release, “Just as the Foundation has grown in the years of her absence, Becca, has expanded her knowledge of non-profit development, community collaboration and strategy.  We are pleased to welcome her back to the Foundation in this new role as program officer and look forward to having Becca’s leadership and expertise on board as we embark on new initiatives.”

Cacayuran received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Gerontology. She lives in Evanston with her husband Art and infant son Brendan.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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