ECFG Welcomes New Director

Elevate Children Funders Group announces the appointment of Heather B. Hamilton as new Director

June 4, 2020 – The Elevate Children Funders Group (ECFG), a global consortium of funders that supports children and youth facing adversity, announces the appointment of Heather B. Hamilton as its new Director. Heather will begin the position on 15 June 2020.

Heather brings more than two decades of social change leadership experience to the position. She most recently served as Deputy Executive Director and Interim Executive Director at Girls Not Brides, a global partnership of more than 1,200 organizations in over 95 countries working to end child marriage and achieve gender equality. Previously, she worked at the UNICEF Asia-Pacific Regional Office on the Public Finance for Children Initiative; as Executive Director of the Connect U.S. Fund, a multi-foundation grant-making initiative supporting more responsible U.S. foreign policy; and as Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at Citizens for Global Solutions, a U.S. national membership organization. 

She joins ECFG at a time of exciting growth for the organization and increased global challenges for children and youth facing adversity, particularly related to the challenges of COVID-19. The mission of Elevate Children Funders Group is to advance philanthropy to elevate the holistic children’s agenda in philanthropy. ECFG focuses on the full lifespan of children and youth affected by adversity, from birth to adolescence with a focus on children facing the threats of violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

Mark Guy, Chair of the ECFG Steering Committee, welcomed Heather to the position. “ECFG is thrilled to have found a leader who brings a unique combination of skills and expertise in philanthropy, network facilitation, collaborative action, and organizational management, along with a strong understanding of the challenges facing children in the most adverse situations. The Steering Committee is confident that Heather’s experience – along with her dynamic, collaborative, and engaging leadership approach – will help ECFG maximize the expertise, partnership, and collective voice of its membership in a time of huge potential and risk for children and youth facing adversity.”

Heather stated, “It’s a delight and an honor to be joining ECFG at such a critical time, both for the organization and for children, particularly the most marginalized. The COVID-19 crisis has already had a devastating impact on the lives of vulnerable children, as the global viral epidemic has led to a concurrent global epidemic of violence and increased deprivation. How philanthropy responds in the coming years to safeguard and protect them from these and other ongoing risks will be a critical factor in ensuring that all children around the world are able to survive, thrive, and reach their full potential. It’s more important now than ever that funders work ‘better together’ to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts. I’m looking forward to working with the individual member organizations to amplify their ability to drive more sustainable change through shared learning, collaboration, and joint action.”

Mark continued, “As we reach this transition point, the Steering Committee extends its appreciation to Ghazal Keshavarzian, who served as ECFG’s first Director from January 2016 to March 2020, helping to grow our organization in new ways and position us for a new phase of impact.”