As of 2012, EGCF solely focuses partnerships and grant-making within our core program area of Education and Literacy. Historically, EGCF supported three additional core program areas of Microfinance and Microenterprise, Early Childhood and Youth Empowerment, and Sustainable Environmental Health.
The board of EGCF feels strongly that supporting strategies embedded within the core program of Education and Literacy has high leverage potential for achieving the foundation's mission. In attempting to shape strategic program priorities, EGCF has placed focus on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) adopted by 189 nations, and signed by 147 heads of state during the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000. The 8 goals break down into quantifiable targets and multiple indicators. Currently, MDG2 helps to guide some of our Education and Literacy support. EGCF recognizes that innovations in programs are always evolving and is committed to staying apprised of new initiatives that may further advance mission success. EGCF commits to annual review of its funding priorities to consider whether other focal areas should be considered.
Poverty threatens childhood in countless ways including depriving the basic right to education. 84% of children out of school in Latin America and the Caribbean come from the poorest 60% of households. Girls, who are often the first to be withdrawn from school, constitute a majority of this group. Some 75% of children out of primary school in developing countries have mothers who did not attend school. According to UNICEF and UNESCO, studies show that educating girls is critical to ensuring the next generation receives an education. EGCF looks to engage far-reaching and innovative projects that bring educational infrastructure to those communities most in need. At the same time it looks to support projects with time-tested results and measurable accountability. EGCF considers this its highest priority strategy and its sole program initiative.
EGCF only supports Education and Literacy programs of U.S. based 501(c)(3) organizations.
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