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
IEFG IEFG Funders Roundtable Social Emotional Learning (SEL): A Necessity or a
Nice to have in Africa?
30 January 2019 New York, USA
IEFG Regional Meeting Education and Child Protection in Contexts of Migration, Displacement and Humanitarian Emergencies 20 February 2019 Paris, France
IEFG Bi-Annual Meeting The Role of Foundations in SDG4 1 & 2 April 2019 Zurich, Switzerland


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

PaperSeed Foundation logo
Rockdale Foundation logo
Qatar Foundation logo
Credit Suisse logo
Aga Khan Foundation logo
Open Society Foundation logo