Our Goal

Elevate Children Funders Group’s overarching goal is to elevate the importance of investing in children and youth as a primary means of achieving sustainable human, social and economic development, all of which are critical to furthering global human rights, peace and security.

ECFG works under the assumption that international policies and programs, and the funding that supports them, need to continue to keep up with the evidence that stresses the critical importance of investing early, holistically and during the entire lifecycle. In order to elevate the entire field, ECFG engages foundations that address diverse segments within the full lifecycle (from birth to adolescence) of children and youth affected by adversity. Forging stronger linkages between various issues in the protection of children across all the stages of their growth is ECFG’s fundamental goal.

Our Strategic Outcomes

ECFG offers a portfolio of services to members and, ultimately, benefiting the field through:

  • Strengthened grantcraft and effectiveness of ECFG’s member community of philanthropic foundations
  • Increased and more effective philanthropy that targets children facing adversity
  • Enhanced profile of ECFG among stakeholders working to support children facing adversity


To achieve our mission and strategic goals, ECFG offers a variety of services that will impact its members and the broader field around its membership. The following services will be implemented through member collaboration around research and education, convenings, working groups and incubated initiatives.

  • Information exchange
  • Co-Learning
  • Informal Alignment
  • Collaborative Action

Working Groups

  • Care
    To explore and develop joint initiatives related to family care and de-institutionalization.
  • Southern and East Africa
    Support the development and use of evidence to learn about what works to support children facing adversity in southern and east Africa.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
    Assess needs of and develop tools for funders to engage with grantees on improving their M&E capacity.

Elevate Children Shared Activities

Children & Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund

The Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund aims at reducing violence against children by funding evaluations of violence prevention and child protection interventions in low and middle income countries. To date, 17 evaluation projects have been supported, covering 4 continents and 16 low and middle income countries.

Know Violence in Childhood

Know Violence in Childhood is a global learning initiative based on the premise that a more comprehensive understanding of the causes and consequences of violence in childhood, and the means of prevention, can help shift global attitudes and enable children and adults to lead more secure and peaceful lives.

Childrens Rights and Violence Prevention Fund (CRVP-Fund)

Children’s Rights and Violence Prevention Fund (CRVP-Fund) formerly known as East Africa Children’s Fund (EACF) is a newly established regional intermediary organization focusing on the prevention of violence, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and adolescents by working with families, communities and schools. CRVP-Fund provides grants to CBOs and local NGOs working with local communities in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Global Alliance for Children

The Global Alliance for Children mobilizes targeted investments in childhood as a core component of a nation’s social and economic progress. The Alliance helps support the development of country ownership, information systems, national and international cooperation, science and learning. To date, three countries — Cambodia, Rwanda and Uganda — have been selected as priority countries.


WithoutViolence is a field-building project designed to help violence prevention leaders and practitioners communicate solutions and accelerate their impact for improving the lives of boys and girls.