Envisioning a world where all children and youth can thrive, exercise their rights, and live a life free from adversity

Greater learning and effectiveness in how we use our individual resources

We are the leading global network of funders focused exclusively on the wellbeing and rights of children and youth. We support children and youth by building a community of funders and creating spaces for:

More collaboration and alignment across our varied philanthropic strategies

Collective action for more and better funding, and support for our wider field

Established in 2011, ECFG now counts 19 members, including many of the leading global funders and philanthropic advisors funding the wellbeing and rights of children and youth. Between 2011 and 2020, ECFG members contributed more than $1.2 billion to children facing adversity.

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Understanding the Global South

Key philanthropic trends, challenges and opportunities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America

ECFG partnered with IEFG to commission research designed to help us diversify our networks and make our spaces more attractive and responsive to members from the Global South. This report contains key insights from the research team about welcoming Global South funders into Global North philanthropic spaces.  

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Shifting the Field

Philanthropy’s role in strengthening child- and youth-led community rooted groups

This study maps current practices in philanthropic support for child and youth led work at the community level and provides strategic advice to donors on how to strengthen their funding modalities through participatory approaches to achieve greater and more effective impact.

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Manufacturing Moral Panic

Weaponizing Children to Undermine Gender Justice and Human Rights

This new research, co-developed with the Global Philanthropy Project with the research team Sentiido, explores how gender-restrictive groups are using child protection rhetoric to manufacture moral panic and mobilize against human rights, and how this strengthens the illiberal politics currently undermining democracies.

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What's New

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Strategic Plan Summary

Envisioning a world where all children can soar (Strategic Plan 2021-2023)

ECFG went through an ambitiously participatory strategic planning process through the first months of 2021, including consultations with external stakeholders and grantee focus groups. This summary contains key outcomes, including a new vision and mission, an ecosystem level Theory of Change, and detailed goals and strategies. 

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Funder Approaches to Safeguarding

Challenges, positive practices, and opportunities for collaboration

We are thrilled to share this new ECFG-funded report from the Funder Safeguarding Collaborative (FSC). FSC helps grant-makers strengthen safeguarding practices by connecting funders to safeguarding knowledge and best practices, creating peer learning spaces, and offering high-quality safeguarding support.

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‘Never only one zebra'

A Review of Measurement Frameworks in Children’s Care

ECFG members UBS and GHR commissioned this report with the goal of analyzing the potential for a common measurement framework to Care reform and system change needed to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. The findings point to the importance of contextualization in measurement frameworks.

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Understanding the Global South

Key philanthropic trends, challenges and opportunities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America

ECFG partnered with IEFG to commission research designed to help us diversify our networks and make our spaces more attractive and responsive to members from the Global South. This report contains key insights from the research team about welcoming Global South funders into Global North philanthropic spaces.  

learn more

What's New

Strategic Plan Summary

Envisioning a world where all children can soar (Strategic Plan 2021-2023)

ECFG went through an ambitiously participatory strategic planning process through the first months of 2021, including consultations with external stakeholders and grantee focus groups. This summary contains key outcomes, including a new vision and mission, an ecosystem level Theory of Change, and detailed goals and strategies. 

learn more

Shifting the Field

Philanthropy’s role in strengthening child- and youth-led community rooted groups

This study maps current practices in philanthropic support for child and youth led work at the community level and provides strategic advice to donors on how to strengthen their funding modalities through participatory approaches to achieve greater and more effective impact.

learn more

Manufacturing Moral Panic

Weaponizing Children to Undermine Gender Justice and Human Rights

This new research, co-developed with the Global Philanthropy Project with the research team Sentiido, explores how gender-restrictive groups are using child protection rhetoric to manufacture moral panic and mobilize against human rights, and how this strengthens the illiberal politics currently undermining democracies.

learn more

‘Never only one zebra'

A Review of Measurement Frameworks in Children’s Care

ECFG members UBS and GHR commissioned this report with the goal of analyzing the potential for a common measurement framework to Care reform and system change needed to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. The findings point to the importance of contextualization in measurement frameworks.

learn more

Funder Approaches to Safeguarding

Challenges, positive practices, and opportunities for collaboration

We are thrilled to share this new ECFG-funded report from the Funder Safeguarding Collaborative (FSC). FSC helps grant-makers strengthen safeguarding practices by connecting funders to safeguarding knowledge and best practices, creating peer learning spaces, and offering high-quality safeguarding support.

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together, we are greater than the sum of our parts

As a platform for elevating the philanthropic field through shared best practices, building grant-craft, and pooling efforts, ECFG is predicated on the idea that we are “better together” - that working together we can drive greater sustainable change than the work of individual foundations. We believe in 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. Collaboration is at the core of our work. Here’s how you can get involved:

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partnerships

ECFG creates space for members to leverage the rich diversity – in approach, size, and expertise – of different philanthropic actors working to support children’s rights and wellbeing around the world. Our members work in different geographies, but all recognize that we are all part of a broader global system and use this diversity to build on each other’s strengths, learn lessons across borders, and address root causes with lasting effect. By coming together as a group of funders, members strengthen their individual grant-making and field impact, putting into practice what they require their partners to do: collaborate, coordinate and communicate effectively.

ECFG recognizes that our members work within a broad ecosystem of actors, and seeks to make connections and collaborate strategically with external partners. We welcome inquiries about potential partnerships. Examples of recent collaborations include co-convening a Global Rights Summit and commissioning a report on the weaponization of children. Please note that Elevate Children Funders Group is not a grantmaking institution. We do not accept funding proposals or concept notes, nor do we issue requests for proposals. We cannot connect organizations seeking funds with our members, or discuss our members’ grantmaking. ECFG is strictly a “no-pitch" space.

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About the images on this site

Many of the photos you will see as you browse this website come from Images of Empowerment, a collection of images celebrating women’s lives and work around the world, created by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Getty Images. The collection was created to counter the poverty-driven narratives that are too often found online, and instead showcase stories of empowerment, obtained with respect, empathy, and permission. Here’s what they had to say:

“Photography is a powerful medium for telling stories. But not all stories are equally visible. Too often, images from low- and middle-income countries focus on poverty and tremendous need rather than what we see everywhere we go: women in decision-making roles, working to earn income, and accessing and providing reproductive health information and services to care for themselves and their families.”

We are thankful that this collection of sustainably sourced images of empowered children and youth allows us to have imagery on our site that aligns with our values. Learn more about Images of Empowerment and the stories behind the photos here