Collaborative Directory

Collaboratives Directory

  • Bay Area Early Childhood Funders Collaborative

    The Early Childhood Funders (ECF) is an informal affiliation of Bay Area foundations, public funders and private donors focused on improving grantmaking effectiveness in the early childhood field.
  • Colorado Early Childhood Funders Network

    The Early Childhood Funders Network is a group of funders working to advance the well-being of Colorado’s young children and their families. We come together to share information on local and national developments; to deepen our knowledge of the field; to brainstorm about possible solutions to systemic challenges; and, collaborate where opportunities arise.
  • Location:
    Hartford, CT. An initiative of the CT Council for Philanthropy, a state association of grantmakers.
  • Scope:
    Statewide
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  • DC Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative

    Launched in 2008, as a multi-year, multi-million dollar collective investment effort, the Collaborative works on early childhood systems-change across six jurisdictions in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Its mission is to increase the quality and capacity of, and access to, early care and education in the DC region, with the goal of closing school readiness gaps within the next ten years.
  • Location:
    Washington, DC. Operated by the Washington Area Women's Foundation
  • Scope:
    Multi-State/regional: Washington, DC, Montgomery County, MD; Prince George's County, MD; Arlington County, VA; the City of Alexandria, VA; Fairfax County, VA.
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  • Funders for Montana's Children

    Funders for Montana’s Children believes that our most precious resource is our children and that we must help support Montana families and communities that are working to foster quality opportunities for every child. We are dedicated to shaping Montana’s future in the most positive ways — by being conveners, connectors and communicators and by collaborative, targeted initiatives that strengthen resources that make a difference at the most critical times in a child’s life. We strive to bring together diverse stakeholders in order to have greater collective impact than any of us can achieve working independently.
  • Georgia Early Education Funders' Roundtable

    The Early Education Funders' Roundtable (the Roundtable) provides funders with networking, learning and strategic collaboration opportunities related to early childhood education (birth – 8). Participants in the Roundtable work with partners to achieve the following outcomes for Georgia’s children: Strong foundational cognitive skills; Strong social and emotional competence; Consistent patterns of engagement in school and learning.
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia. An initiative of the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS)
  • Scope:
    Statewide (with a concentration of funders in the metropolitan Atlanta area)
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  • Illinois Early Childhood Funders Network & Invest in Illinois

    The Illinois ECFN is an informal network of foundations interested in early childhood or family strengthening issues. Approximately 30 people from 12 foundations participate in the group which meets quarterly – alternating between speakers on topics of shared interest as well as updates on early childhood policy in the state, and sharing individual member updates primarily for the purpose of community building.

    Invest in Illinois is a parallel network launched by Irving Harris Foundation and ECFN members to intentionally encourage greater investment in early childhood in Illinois by providing opportunities for interested funders to work together on common issues and projects. Most members of ECFN are also members of Invest in Illinois, but the parallel groups allow for a primarily learning and sharing agenda among ECFN members, and an aligned and coordinated funding agenda among Invest in Illinois members.
  • Location:
    Irving Harris Foundation (Chicago, IL) provides informal coordination for communications among group members.
  • Scope:
    Statewide
  • More Information:
    Contact ECFC for more information
  • Kansas City Early Education Funders Collaborative

    The KC EEFC formed in 2014 with the vision that all children in Greater Kansas City are ready for kindergarten. The mission of the EEFC is to support the development of a high-quality early learning system that prepares all children living in poverty, especially children of color, for success in kindergarten and beyond. In 2016, the EEFC launched the Early Education Grant Fund, a collaborative funding opportunity for programs in Kansas City. The Fund aims to increase access to high-quality early education and development programs for lower-income families and children of color. Grants typically range from $30,000 to $500,000 and are awarded to organizations serving children ages birth to five in the KC metro area. Organizations might include providers, support organizations, advocacy, home visiting, teacher development, and more. Since 2016, more than 20,000 children have been impacted through more than $10 million in funding. The Fund supports a wide range of programs serving children ages birth to five, including providers, support organizations, and advocacy efforts. In addition to the Fund, the EEFC comes together regularly to learn from one another, hear from community stakeholders, and engage with experts in the field.
  • Location:
    Kansas City, MO. Housed within the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.
  • Scope:
    Local/regional: Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas and Platte, Clay, Jackson, and Cass Counties in Missouri (all within Kansas City metropolitan area).
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  • LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment

    LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment is a public-private collaboration of the country’s largest private foundations, family foundations, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, First 5 LA, and key government agencies. Their mission of the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment is to invest in and promote innovations that advance the lifelong health and well-being of LA County children, age 0-5.
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Scope:
    Los Angeles County
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  • Milwaukee School Readiness Philanthropy Group

    The School Readiness Philanthropy group is comprised of Wisconsin and national private funders and foundations as well as experts in the area of quality early childhood education and child care. The group is an informal learning collaborative, meeting when there is something of interest to learn or share, with the goal of promoting effective philanthropy.
  • New Mexico Early Childhood Funders Group

    The New Mexico Early Childhood Funders Group consists of private and public charitable foundations dedicated to improving the lives of babies, young children and their families in our state. We support and seek to strengthen: families with young children; communities working towards goals that enable young children and families to thrive; organizations that demonstrate best practices in serving young children and families with measurable and sustainable outcomes; local, regional, statewide and national infrastructure, governance and policies that strengthen New Mexico’s babies, young children and their families.
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, NM. Staffed by a Steering Committee of members, and a part-time coordinator housed at the Santa Fe Community Foundation.
  • Scope:
    Statewide
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  • New York Early Childhood Funders Collaborative

    The New York Early Childhood Funders Collaborative is a group of New York-based funders who bring the collective voice and resources of philanthropy together to promote the development and sustainability of a comprehensive early childhood system that benefits all children, families, the workforce and communities in New York. Vision: New York’s children arrive to kindergarten healthy, ready for school, and are succeeding by the end of third grade.
  • North Carolina Early Childhood Funders Collaborative

    We are a group of North Carolina-based funders who bring the collective voice and resources of philanthropy together to promote the development and sustainability of a comprehensive early childhood system that benefits all children, families, the workforce and communities in North Carolina. Vision: North Carolina’s children arrive to kindergarten healthy and ready for school, and are succeeding by the end of third grade.
  • Oregon Early Childhood Learning Circle

    Since 2008, the Oregon Early Childhood Learning Circle has provided a structure for funders interested in early childhood to learn together, share updates on national EC developments, and identify opportunities for deeper exploration and collaboration.
  • Location:
    Portland, OR; logistics support provided by The Oregon Community Foundation.
  • Scope:
    Statewide
  • More Information:
    Contact ECFC for more information
  • Parenting through Pediatrics (PtP)

    PtP is a donor advised fund (DAF) operated through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). The fund pools funder contributions in order to make grants. PtP is a group of national early childhood funders focused on cultivating healthy social and emotional development in our country’s youngest, most vulnerable children, valuing the important role parents play in that development, and seizing the opportunity for pediatricians to better support parents in this role. The vision of PtP is that all children, from birth to age three, receive the supports they need to achieve Kindergarten readiness and positive life outcomes. With the ultimate goal of supporting Kindergarten readiness for all children in the United States, PtP recognizes that social and emotional development is a critical component of healthy development needed for early school success and positive life outcomes. Parents and primary caregivers play an essential role in supporting their children’s social and emotional development in the early years of life (birth through age three), thus PtP seeks opportunities to support them in that role. The pediatric channel provides a unique opportunity to reach parents and their children during the first three years of life through well-child visits, a time when families are available, curious, and open to new ideas.
  • San Diego Early Education Funders

    Early Education Funders seeks to motivate a sense of urgency around early childhood needs and bring together philanthropists to increase access to high quality early childhood care and education in the San Diego region. After hearing Professor James Heckman and philanthropist J.B. Pritzker speak about early childhood development in February 2016, a dozen members of San Diego Grantmakers established the Early Education Funders to explore how to promote and support early education efforts. The group commissioned a study of opportunities for philanthropic impact in our region (building from the national study by Bridgespan and the Pritzker Children’s Initiative) and agreed that the best opportunity is to focus on increasing the quantity and accessibility of quality care.
  • Location:
    San Diego, CA. Housed within and staffed by the San Diego Regional Association of Grantmakers.
  • Scope:
    San Diego County
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  • Start Early - Funders Coalition for Children and Minnesota's Future & Mini Minds

    The Start Early Funders Coalition for Children and Minnesota’s Future is a collaboration of more than 20 members of Minnesota’s philanthropic community. The Coalition provides critical leadership and funding for research, program development, public policy and grant making to improve early childhood efforts in Minnesota. We are working together to ensure every child in Minnesota is physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively prepared for school and lifelong success. Their mission is to leverage our unique perspective as early childhood funders to advance public policy and community support for affordable, accessible, high quality care and education in Minnesota so that all children have a strong and healthy start and are prepared to contribute to our state’s vitality.
  • Location:
    Start Early is housed at and staff by the Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Scope:
    Statewide
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  • Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium

    The Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC) is a funders’ collaborative that was created in 2012 to unify grantmakers around a multi-year effort to build support for and improvement in public education in Texas in response to the historic cuts made to public education by the Texas Legislature during the 2011 session. Our mission is to empower Texas philanthropy to invest and engage in effective public education policy and advocacy at the state level. One of our primary focus areas since our inception has been early childhood education policy.
  • Location:
    Austin, TX. Operated by the Austin Community Foundation.
  • Scope:
    Statewide
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