Echidna Giving is a philanthropic fund that joins with critical thinkers, innovators and practitioners, to advance girls' education in the developing world.
They are passionate about being effective – in converting resources to real, sustainable change. That’s why they invest in the global South, where they think their efforts can go further, and why they focus on girls’ education, an idea that they believe can change the world.
They understand what innovation needs.
New ideas need financing, time, a willingness to fail, and a determination to learn through listening and critical thinking. They tolerate risk in proportion to potential reward. We are patient when it comes to breakthroughs. They work with their partners to pilot ideas, assess impact, and scale success.
They invest in rigorous analysis and learning.
Data led them to invest in the ripple effect of girls’ education and guides our decision-making. But data is only as good as its use. They seek smart plans, constant self-assessment, course-correction when necessary, and measurable results that deliver impact – and lead to continuous improvements.
They believe in expertise.
They rely on the due diligence of our funding partners and on their long-held knowledge of social change. They look to those with local insights, the kind gained from lived experience. And they support leaders who translate expertise into proven transformation. They invest in their wisdom – so they can create the solutions.
They aim for system change.
They believe educating girls delivers long-term, sustainable improvement in people’s lives. In other words: system change. What girls’ education needs will change over time, so their priorities will too. They simply seek to move girls’ education to its next horizon.