The international education sector is complex and diverse. Further below we have mapped out some of the actors in this ecosystem, including thematic and philanthropic networks, education data and statistics, and several resources that may be useful to your grantmaking. These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the International Education Funders Group of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual.


IEFG Resources


BIG stands for ‘Brains in Gear’, with the aim to get IEFG members’ brains whirring about issues that affect our world, our grants and the lives of our grantees. The most recent series on ‘Crises’ allowed us to step back and think about the big-picture issues affecting our portfolios and partners. 


Often seen the personification of money, education grantmakers can be so much more. This presentation pack is inviting you to think more about the untapped potential of education philanthropy. 

Two girls reading. Photo by Dana Schmidt. All rights reserved.
Mlandizi Primary School photo by Dana Schmidt. All rights reserved.
Students in Kenya play Tug of War. Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images. All rights reserved.
Boy with backpack
City photo by Dana Schmidt. All rights reserved.
Girl drawing at desk
Boy plays in water
Red Chalkboard
Mother and child walking. Photo by Images of Empowerment. All rights reserved.
Resources for Grantmakers

Organisations, tools and resources recommended by members over the years. Please feel free to email us new suggestions.

  • Education Equity Research Inititiave – A collaborative partnership that connects organizations and individuals committed to building stronger evidence and knowledge for improving solutions for equity in and through education and how to mainstream equity in your programme.
  • Philanthropy University – The initiative by Philanthropy U, Inc. powered by Berkley-Hass, offers a number of free online courses that will allow participants to earn a certificate in social sector leadership from Haas School of Business, Berkeley. The courses are predominantly geared towards NGOs and others in the social change sector who want to grow their capacity in leadership and management.
  • Grantcraft – GrantCraft develops and curates resources across different strategies, issues, languages, and formats.
  • Geofunders – Since 1997, GEO has provided opportunities for grantmakers to come together to share knowledge and inspire each other to act.
  • 360Giving GrantNav – 360Giving supports organisations to publish their grants data in an open, standardised way and helps people to understand and use the data in order to support decision-making and learning across the charitable giving sector.
  • Foundation Center / Online Directory – A database of US foundations based on tax information.
  • Pro Bono Economics – PBE charity projects help organisations to measure performance, improve their services and better track outcomes. For 2017, PBE will be focusing its work on areas where improved well-being is a central purpose: Education, employment, mental health, and complex needs.
  • Bond – Bond is the UK membership body for non-governmental organisations working in international development.
  • mySociety Research programme – The mySociety Research team investigates the impact of Civic Technology tools: those they produce themselves, and those from the wider community. As the field matures, it is important to understand whether tools are creating genuinely positive outcomes for as many people as possible. To that end, the Research Team pursues the following lines of enquiry:
    • What is the impact of our tools? Who feels that impact? How beneficial is it?
    • Are we reaching all demographics? If not, what can we change to improve that?
    • What effect does it have when we make small modifications to the way our technology works?
  • The Center for Effective Philanthropy – CEP is a non-profit organisation that aims to improve philanthropy through the development of data and insight to enable higher-performing funders.
  • Reos Partners – Reos Partners is a consultancy to think through ‘big’ problems.
  • Investing in Knowledge Sharing to Advance SDG4 – This report helps you as a grantmaker think through how your program can contribute to building a Global Education Ecosystem of knowledge.
  • Explore SEL – The site serves as a navigator for the field of social and emotional learning—providing information and tools that summarize and connect the major frameworks and skills in the field to support transparency and informed decision-making.

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