ECFC Establishes Racial Equity Workgroup

The ECFC Steering Committee has set a high priority on examining the ways that we can advance racial equity in early childhood services and early childhood philanthropy, and has identified equity as a portion of our vision and mission needing additional focus. 

The ECFC Racial Equity Workgroup is a small group of ECFC members with relevant experience established to lead this work with the Steering Committee.   

In 2019 and 2020, the workgroup will devise strategy for addressing racial equity through three approaches:

LEARNING – ECFC members will build individual and organizational knowledge and skills in order to build more equitable philanthropic practices.

PRACTICE – ECFC members will begin to apply a racial equity lens to their work according to their unique organizational characteristics and approaches.

COLLECTIVE ACTION – ECFC will apply a racial equity lens to their work, as evidenced through their programming and operations.


ECFC will launch this work with members at the Fall 2019 member meeting.

The ECFC Racial Equity Workgroup is chaired by Steering Committee member, Rashanda Perryman of Vanguard, and includes ECFC members from William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, Heising-Simons Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, J.B. & M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, Bainum Family Foundation, Trust for Learning, W.C. Stone Foundation, Irving Harris Foundation and the Foundation for Child Development.

For more information about the ECFC Racial Equity Workgroup, contact