ECFG develops and commissions resources for the wider philanthropic community. The aim of these resources is to support grantmaking and programming practices in the field of children and youth affected by adversity. We aim to develop resources to address pressing and current grantmaking issues impacting our members and partners.
ECFG supports funders to access critical information to support their grantmaking. We share these resources in our member only internal monthly newsletter. We share some of the key resources on our website.
The State of Play: How have global children and youth issues fared in the U.S. government’s Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations process?
This document sheds some light on where funding discussions currently stand with regard to U.S. government programs for global children and youth issues. The information is presented according to relevant funding accounts within various appropriations bills. Some issues, such as trafficking, are addressed in multiple funding accounts through various U.S. government departments, agencies, and offices. Other issues, such as early childhood development and protection from violence are referenced under certain accounts without specific appropriations. U.S. government assistance for vulnerable children and youth in developing countries remains generous but fragmented, with little coordination between siloed legislative, funding, and programmatic responses.
2017-2019 Strategic Plan: Elevating a Holistic Agenda for Children in Adversity - A Map for Philanthropy
In 2016, ECFG embarked on a strategic review process to refine key elements of its work and to increase its relevance to the philanthropic field. This process resulted in a three-year strategic plan launched in early 2017. This resource summarizes the strategic plan process and results.
Report on Program Learning Event on Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Children in Schools July 2015
Sponsored by the Elevate Children Funders Group (ECFG), a three-day Program Learning Event (PLE) on Violence against Children in and around Schools (VACiS) held in Kampala, Uganda from 14-16 July 2015, attracted 77 practitioners, donors, advocates, researchers and government representatives in the field of violence against children from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Germany, the United Kingdom and United States of America. The theme of the event was developing a common learning agenda on preventing and responding to VACiS.
Children are all too often victims of persistent violence. This need not be the case. Concerted efforts and collective action can end violence in childhood within a single generation. Experiences from across the world provide numerous examples of effective and promising efforts by governments, communities and organizations to prevent violence across the settings where it is experienced by children.
The intent of this brief two-fold:
1. Identify relevant organizations and initiatives involved in knowledge building and translation efforts, and learn more about their priorities and current strategy for building the research base and influencing policy and practice; How they are contributing to the production and translation of evidence; What type of information they are producing and disseminating; Whom they regard as their primary audience.
2. Highlight potential opportunities for the knowledge brokers to work towards a collective strategy.
In doing so, this mapping analysis draws on research and interviews with 12 key organizations and initiatives focused on violence against children and violence against women and girls, as well as input gathered during a convening of knowledge brokers on 11 October 2016 in Geneva.
These Guidelines provide a framework for anyone seeking to ensure family care for children. Children outside of family care face significant disadvantages; they may experience developmental impairments and lasting psychological harm, be less likely to attend or do well in school and be cut off from the social networks they need to flourish in adulthood. Global trends associated with child separation, including poverty, conflict and mass migration are separating children in every region, making these Guidelines broadly relevant. Being cut off from life in a family not only violates children’s rights, it also weakens society as a whole. If child separation is not addressed effectively, it undermines achievement of national development targets – from education to growth.
As part of a global movement to direct greater attention and resources to child protection, programmes aimed at reducing children’s exposure to violence are being implemented with increasing frequency across the world. These programmes are diverse and range from raising public awareness of the issues to widening and strengthening government policies and protective structures, improving children’s and families’ access to medical, therapeutic and legal support, and increasing children’s and parents’ protective skills.
This handbook is intended to help implementing agencies (e.g. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), development/foreign aid agencies, community-based organizations, not-for-profit agencies) make better use of existing research and plan for evaluation when designing and implementing child violence prevention programmes, and also to convey these intentions to potential funding organizations.
Funder collaboration has been a hot topic in philanthropy for years. But interest has grown of late as more funders realize that individual efforts simply are not enough to address complex social problems. And even when funders engage in cross-sector collaborations, they often have to collaborate with each other in new ways.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has championed this view for decades as it has worked with dozens of other funders towards a common purpose. As the Foundation approached its 50th anniversary, it asked The Bridgespan Group to assist in taking stock of what Packard can learn from its many collaborations.
In this guide, grantmakers discuss why funder collaboratives get started, how they work, and what these joint ventures offer to both donors and grantees. Case studies and examples show that collaboratives can take a variety of forms and serve an array of ambitious purposes.