Elevate Children Funders Group Strategic Plan Summary (2021-2023)
With the expert help of I.G. Advisors, ECFG went through an ambitious and incredibly participatory strategic planning process through the first months of 2021, including extensive consultations with external stakeholders and a series of grantee focus groups. Together, we engaged in serious inquiry about the change we wanted to see in the world, how we thought that change might happen, and what actions we could take collectively to make the biggest impact. This summary document contains key outcomes from those efforts, including a new vision and mission for our collective work, an ecosystem level Theory of Change, and detailed goals and strategies for the next three years.Learn More
Funder Approaches to Safeguarding
We are thrilled to share this new ECFG-funded report from the Funder Safeguarding Collaborative (FSC) on the challenges, positive practices, and opportunities for collaboration between funders on safeguarding.Learn More
FSC helps grant-making organizations strengthen safeguarding within their own organizations and those they fund by connecting funders to safeguarding knowledge and best practices, creating peer learning spaces, and offering high-quality safeguarding support.
Shifting the Field: Philanthropy’s role in strengthening child- and youth-led community rooted groups
In 2019, ECFG commissioned the exploratory study, ‘Philanthropy’s role in strengthening child- and youth-led community rooted groups.’ The objective of this study was to map current practices in philanthropic support for child and youth led work at the community level and provide strategic advice to donors on how to strengthen their funding modalities through participatory approaches to achieve greater and more effective impact. The findings and recommendations from this process—conducted through literature review, key informant interviews, focus groups, and online surveys with funders, child- and youth-led community rooted groups, and non-funders—articulated in this report will pave the road for members of ECFG to challenge their own practices; build on the broader philanthropic momentum to shift money down to the grassroots level; explore ways to influence the broader philanthropic sector; and influence and shift the wider donor community thinking and approaches.Learn More
COVID-19 future trends: Impacts on children and the search for opportunities
This short thought-piece was commissioned by ECFG in September 2020 to help members navigate the uncertainty around how COVID would impact children in the longer-term. The paper includes a desk review of the impacts of previous pandemics and economic crises on children; an overview of likely impacts for children of the COVID crisis, including projections by age cohort; four potential scenarios and related planning questions; recommendations for funding, advocacy, and research; and a bibliography of key resources and reports.Learn More
‘Never only one zebra' A Review of Measurement Frameworks in Children’s Care
Earlier this year, ECFG members UBS and GHR commissioned a review of measurement frameworks in Children’s Care with the goal of analyzing the potential for a common measurement framework that could support Children’s Care reform and system change needed to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. The findings from the report, entitled “Never Only One Zebra,” point to the importance of contextualization rather than over-generalization in measurement frameworks. The title is drawn from the analogy that, while zebras may look similar, each one’s stripes are as unique as a fingerprint. Likewise, while the general pattern of measuring care may appear possible at the global level, a common framework may not be as useful as stakeholder-driven, country-level frameworks. Rather, a common set of principles underlying measurement could be more beneficial.Learn More
Participatory Philanthropy: Six Foundations' Journeys
In September 2020, ECFG Executive Director Heather Hamilton interviewed six members of the network about their journey towards participatory philanthropy, particularly engaging children and youth. This is what they said.Learn More
ECFG Welcomes New Director, Heather B. Hamilton
ECFG announces the appointment of Heather B. Hamilton as its new Director. Heather brings a wealth of social change leadership experience to the position and joins during a critical time for supporting children affected by COVID-19. Heather will begin the position on June 15, 2020.Read Full Announcement
ECFG Report: Pulling Back the Curtain
What Do Non-Funders Think Are the Key Challenges, Needs, Gaps and Opportunities in Supporting Children and Young People Facing Adversity?Learn More
Support LGBTI Youth Resources
New resources added from Elevate Children Funders Group and Global Philanthropy Project, October 2019Learn More
Why Funding for Orphanages is Harming the Children it Aims to Help
Donors and policymakers can do more to help vulnerable children by investing in family and community support programs rather than institutional care. Therefore, ECFG has developed infographics, policy briefs and social media cards to:
- Highlight that funding for orphanages is harming the children it aims to help; and
- Encourage investment in family and community support programs.
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