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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.

Other Resources

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.

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) on the challenges, positive practices, and opportunities for collaboration between funders on safeguarding.

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.

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. 

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.

Manufacturing Moral Panic: Weaponizing Children to Undermine Gender Justice and Human Rights

This new research, co-developed by Elevate Children Funders Group and 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. The report’s comparative analysis of case studies in Bulgaria, Ghana, and Perú underscores recurring strategies, narratives, and actors, and gives insight into how gender-restrictive groups collaborate and engage in cross-coalition work around the globe. This significant new research report includes important findings and recommendations for funders.

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.

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. 

Support LGBTI Youth

Commissioned by Elevate Children’s Funders Group and Global Philanthropy Project, October 2019

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?

ECFG Director Position Announcement

Application deadline: 24 January 2020

Support LGBTI Youth Social Media Card

A resource from Elevate Children Funders Group and Global Philanthropy Project, October 2019

Support LGBTI Youth Social Media Infographic

A resource from Elevate Children Funders Group and Global Philanthropy Project, October 2019

Support LGBTI Youth Social Media Card

A resource from Elevate Children Funders Group and Global Philanthropy Project, October 2019


Support LGBTI Youth Presentation

A resource from Elevate Children Funders Group and Global Philanthropy Project, October 2019

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.

‘Never only one zebra' A Review of Measurement Frameworks in Children’s Care

Between March and August 2020, International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI), commissioned by UBS Optimus Foundation and GHR Foundation, conducted a review of measurement frameworks in Children’s Care. The review consisted of a literature review, as well as interviews with 22 professionals from the Children’s Care sector and 11 professionals from the Early Childhood Education and Care sector (as a comparison sector). The goal was to analyze the potential for a common measurement framework that could support Children’s Care reform and system change to improve outcomes for vulnerable children.

The findings from the report, entitled “Never Only One Zebra,” point to the importance of contextualization vs over-generalization in measurement frameworks. Much like how zebras may all look similar, with a general pattern of stripes, yet each one’s stripes are as unique as a fingerprint. Likewise, while a general pattern of measuring care may appear possible at the global level, it may not be as useful as stakeholder-driven, country-level framework. In light of this, a common set of principles underlying measurement could be more beneficial.

Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism: The Cambodian Case

Sexual abuse of children occurs all over the world and global research indicates that risks occurring in the context of travel and tourism are increasing. No country is immune and new travel patterns and use of new technology create specific risks for children.

This report is the result of the project “Say what you saw,” implemented by World Childhood Foundation, ECPAT Sweden, in partnership with Friends International/ChildSafe Movement, and is intended to provide updated knowledge on key dimensions of sexual abuse and exploitation in travel and tourism. The report describes the changing dynamics in Cambodia regarding child sexual abuse and exploitation in travel and tourism and provides a qualitative update of the current situation.

Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity (APCCA) - Implementation Progress in 2020

The Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity (APCCA) Secretariat's presentation on the U.S. Government’s progress in implementing the APCCA Strategy in 2020. 

Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity

U.S. Government Strategy for International Assistance, 2019-2023

The Strategy builds on three evidence-based objectives that inform the U.S. Government’s policies and programs to benefit the world’s most-vulnerable children. They are interrelated, interdependent, and mutually reinforcing. Success with each creates a multiplier effect by contributing to a solid foundation to protect children and adolescents from a wide array of risks and supporting their development, care, and safety.

Ending Violence in Childhood: Global Report 2017

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.

Mapping Knowledge Brokers Working to Prevent Violence Against Girls and Boys, 2017

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.

Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration

Author(s): Emily Delap and Joanna Wedge

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.

Handbook to Support Evaluation of Child Maltreatment

Author(s): Lisa M. Jones Publisher(s): World Health Organization, 2014

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.

Lessons in Funder Collaboration

Author(s): Judy Huang & Willa Seldon Publisher(s): The Bridgespan Group, 2014

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.

Funder Collaboratives – Why and How Funders Work Together

Author(s): Cynthia Gibson with Anne Mackinnon Publisher(s): GrantCraft, 2009

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.