Committees

The Reason ECFC Thrives

ECFC programming thrives thanks to the efforts of our members who lead and serve on standing and ad hoc committees and workgroups which support the Steering Committee and staff on implementing ECFC programming and priorities. Committee participation is open to staff of any ECFC member foundation.

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ECFC Committees

Steering Committee

Provides governance and leadership to ECFC on: implementation of its strategic plan, supporting and sustaining ECFC work; operational and planning support; and creating an environment supportive of member engagement. 

Membership Committee

Sets membership priorities to increase the diversity and strength of our membership; helps recruit, welcome and orient new members, and assists in implementation and refinement of membership guidelines.

Racial Equity Workgroup

Advises on ways ECFC can advance racial equity in early childhood services and early childhood philanthropy, a high priority area of our mission and vision; and helps shape and direct strategies to address racial equity through three approaches – Learning, Practice and Collaborative Action.

Indigenous Early Childhood Workgroup

Provides a forum for centering indigenous early childhood and exploring grantmaker strategies to support and advance Native and Tribal led early childhood programs. Established in partnership with Native Americans in Philanthropy, the workgroup includes ECFC members and other invited Native voices.

Early Relational Health Interest Group

Provides a forum for exploring programs, policies, and research that bolster the dyadic relationship between parent/caregivers and young children in all systems, services, and settings where parent/caregiver and child relationships occur.  View ERH workgroup resources and archives below (requires ECFC member login).

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Ad Hoc Committees

Formed to build knowledge and advance philanthropic work for specific, time-limited projects, events, or needs.

ECFC Program Committee

Provides guidance for programmatic and content priorities, weaving together themes across ECFC member meetings, committee work, and special projects to maintain coherent programming that meets the needs of members.

Member Meeting Committees

Provide guidance for bi-annual member meeting planning including theme, speaker and agenda development, and often facilitate sessions or take on other roles during meetings.


Early Childhood Funders Collaborative (ECFC) is fiscally sponsored by Third Sector New England, Inc. (TSNE).
TSNE provides back-office administrative supports that allows ECFC to focus on our programming and achieve our mission.
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