ETHS Educational Foundation

  • The mission of the ETHS Educational Foundation is to raise and distribute funds to Evanston Township High School in order to complement, enhance and enrich, beyond the means of conventional public funding, opportunities that further the educational mission of ETHS.

    Created in 2005, the ETHS Educational Foundation is an independent 501 c3 organization led by a volunteer board of directors drawn from a cross section of the district community, including alumni and current parents.  The Foundation works with the ETHS Board of Education and the ETHS Administration to identify projects that will enhance opportunities for students and maintain ETHS’s hallmark of excellence.

    Every alumnus, parent and community member is encouraged to make an annual gift and participate in fundraising events.  Every dollar makes a difference.


    ETHS Educational Foundation


    Letter from the Foundation President

    Greetings and happy Spring '16!  

    Maureen Sippel

    Great advances are being made at ETHS thanks in part to your generous donations.  Two of this year's feature projects - Algebra in Entrepreneurship and Enhancements to the Renewable Energy and Ecology Lab - continue to reflect the high school's focus on the math and science skills that are a national educational priority.

    Our primary project, renovating the H (Heritage) Hallway, will engender a sense of pride among our students for their historic high campus.  We anticipate rave reviews for better lighting and the increased capacity to showcase our students' achievements and works of art.  Rest assured the beautiful fireplaces and original leaded pane windows will be maintained!

    We are just about 90% towards our goal of raising $450,000 for these projects and our good friend and class of '54 Wildkit, Al Hofeld, is determined to help us succeed!

    Al Hofeld

    Inspired by the commitment of alumni and parents to ensure a campus like no other, ETHS alum, Al Hofeld, '54 has issued a challenge: 

    He will donate $50,000 on the condition the Foundation is able to raise that amount prior to June 30, 2016.

    According to Al "ETHS Changed my life.  I went from a student who didn't read well to getting a four year scholarship to Harvard".  

    "That's what why ETHS is so close to my heart".  

    All donations will support the Foundation's current funding priorities.  

    Please contact Gift Officer, Joanne Bertsche at 847/424-7158 or Fran Caan, Executive Director at 847/424-7157 to learn more or to discuss making a gift. Matching gifts by employers count! 


Support Our Current Projects Today!

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    Every hallway is a runway. Plans are underway to create an inspirational environment highlighting the history of ETHS. Re-designing the high-traffic H-hallway as a "Heritage Hallway" will offer a more welcoming and inspiring atmosphere for all who come to ETHS.



    A vital 3rd component of the Renewable Energy and Ecology lab, installation of two modest wind turbines at Memorial Stadium will provide additional curricular opportunities for hands-on learning about the physical technologies powering the classroom. Students will be able to chart real-time web-based data.

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  •  Donate Now

    Make a donation to ETHS today! You can donate online using the button above, by phone by calling (847) 424-7157, or mail. Send in a check, made out to ETHS Educational Foundation, to 1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201.


Development Director and Exec Dir of Foundation 
Fran Caan
(847) 424-7157
Major Gift Officer
Joanne Bertsche
Assistant Director, Alumni and Donor Relations
Julia Millon  
(847) 424-7534
Office Location W122 Building Map

Office Hours

Regular Summer
Monday-Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-5:00pm Closed

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