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Jessi Donaldson, who most recently served as Director of Engagement and Participation at the University of Illinois Chicago’s College of Business, has been selected by the Evanston Community Foundation to direct its philanthropic engagement activities.

“We created a new position to support the growth and expansion of our philanthropy efforts here at ECF,” said foundation president and CEO Monique Jones.

“Jessi will bring a level of experience, initiative, and knowledge to the foundation at just the perfect time,” she said in a news release announcing the addition to the ECF staff.

Before she joined UIC, Donaldson was Director of Annual and Special Giving at DePaul University in Chicago, where she conceived and executed the university’s annual “day of giving,” which has grown from achieving 100 donors in one day in 2013 to raising more than 1,058 gifts totaling more than $80,000, with an additional $100,000 match in 2017.

The release said that Donaldson “is thrilled to join the foundation and looks forward to getting to know the community and connecting Evanstonians with opportunities to give.”

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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