The International Education Funders Group (IEFG) is a member-led learning and collaborating network for foundations, donor-advised funds, and other private grantmakers.

We focus on basic education in the Global South, from early childhood up to secondary, formal and non-formal, youth skills and adult literacy. Much of our work contributes to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 and we aim for foundations’ grant-making, convening, and collaborating activities to have a marked positive impact on global basic education.

We are diverse – with over 100 member organizations from wide geographic, thematic and political angles. As such, we do not do advocacy, nor pitch or fund projects; but rather focus on ensuring our members keep up with developments and best practices in the field, better identifying our role in catalysing change in the short- and long-term, and in creating opportunities for members to network and learn from each other.

Please note IEFG is not a grantmaking institution – it is a learning and collaborating network.
Information for grant seekers may be found on the Centre for Education Innovations funders’ platform, the US-based Foundation Centre, and the European Foundation Centre.


Event Type Title Date Location
Online Lecture Decolonizing Development: A participatory lecture with Stephanie Kimou at PopWorks Africa 28 October 2020
Virtual Session IEFG Education in Emergencies Working Group: Research Trends & Approaches in EiE 3 November 2020
Online Discussion Series Learning from each other 12 November 2020
IEFG Virtual Session Presentation of GEMR inclusion and gender report findings 24 November 2020
IEFG Online Discussion Series Learning from each other 3 December 2020


IEFG has over 100 member organizations around the world including foundations like: