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Evanston, Northwestern Announce Details of $1M Donation

Mayor Tisdahl, President Schapiro reveal first allocation of five-year University commitment
  • University donating $1 million a year for five years to city’s ‘Good Neighbor Fund’
  • President and mayor decided together on the first allocation for projects and services
  • $500,000 will go towards Sheridan Road improvement project, to be completed in 2017
  • $200,000 to Evanston Fire Department paramedics, to support an ambulance company

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro announced today (Oct. 9) the allocation of the first $1 million donation from Northwestern University to the city of Evanston’s Good Neighbor Fund.

In March 2015, Northwestern agreed to donate $1 million annually to the city of Evanston for a period of five years, with proceeds to be spent on projects and services agreed to jointly by Mayor Tisdahl and President Schapiro.

Following a meeting last month, Mayor Tisdahl and President Schapiro agreed to the following allocation:

  • $500,000 -- Sheridan Road improvement project. This project will continue into 2016 and be fully completed in 2017.
  • $200,000 -- Support for Evanston Fire Department paramedics. This allocation represents the cost of one full-time ambulance company serving the community 24/7 for a period of one year.
  • $100,000 -- Support for the city’s Youth and Young Adult Division. This allocation will cover the salary of one of the four existing full-time outreach workers and allow the City to add an additional full-time outreach worker.
  • $150,000 -- Support for at-risk youth job training programs, with $50,000 going to support programs covered by existing funding and $100,000 devoted to new job training programs.
  • $50,000 -- Support for the mayor’s fund to assist families impacted by violent crime.

“The Good Neighbor Fund’s allocation for year one is being directed towards projects that will help Evanston reach its goal of becoming the most livable city,” Mayor Tisdahl said. “Northwestern is a great university, and its presence strengthens our community. I thank President Schapiro for the Good Neighbor policy and look forward to seeing positive outcomes from this generous donation.”

“One of Northwestern’s greatest assets is its location in Evanston, and we are so pleased to offer our assistance as part of our contribution to Evanston’s Good Neighbor Fund,” President Schapiro said. “We look forward to working together and providing additional support to the city on important Evanston projects and initiatives in the future.”  

Last March, Mayor Tisdahl announced the agreement by Northwestern and the city in her annual State of the City speech.

Proceeds from this donation will be spent on projects and services agreed to jointly by the mayor of Evanston and the Northwestern president. Every July 1, the mayor of Evanston will develop a list of projects and services to be eligible for funding and provide that to the Northwestern president. The mayor and president will review the list and agree on projects and issues to be funded for the 12-month period beginning Sept. 1. 

More information on the Good Neighbor Fund is available online.