Mapping ECE Funding: A Conversation with Heising-Simons Foundation and ECFC

December 4, 2018 – This month, the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, and Foundation Center will be launching a joint effort to map the last ten years of philanthropic giving in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education. The resulting interactive map of the funding landscape is publicly available and offers a valuable starting place for funders and practitioners to explore historical giving data in the context of demographic and education indicators. The map also includes deep dives into the evidence base around professional development and family engagement efforts, two areas of particular growth and interest to the field.

In advance of the launch, the Foundation Center spoke with Barbara Chow, director of the education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation, and Shannon Rudisill, executive director of the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, about the project, including key take-aways.  The conversation is featured in the December 4th Philanthropy News Digest. 

Webinar Preview of the Interactive Tool – December 12th

On December 12th, a webinar previewed the interactive tool providing:

  • An overview of the tool’s functionality through the lens of use cases such as using the 
         tool to answer key questions as part of strategic planning process; and identifying 
         potential funders/grantees/collaborators. 
  • Key take-aways from the evidence review for funders and grantees, including what the 
         evidence tells us about the need for funding of research and research gaps. 
  • Heising-Simons Foundation sharing their reflections as a funder/driver of the project.