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.

Chicago, IL

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Irving Harris Foundation currently provides informal coordination for communications among group members and for quarterly meeting planning – although at times other foundation members have provided staffing support including the McCormick Foundation. Different foundation members also host quarterly meetings and other events for the group.

Membership Information

There is no membership fee or buy-in requirement. Approximately 30 people from 12 foundations participate. Participant in meetings ranges from 12 to 16 group members, and new members occasionally join the group.


  • Regular learning opportunities for members.

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