ECHIDNA GIVING IS
  • A private funder that will grant and fund $500 million to $700 million over the next 40 years
  • Staying the course on one issue: advancing girls’ education in countries with limited resources and modest education budgets
  • Committed to data, evidence, iteration and learning
  • Willing to try unconventional approaches
OUR HISTORY
AS TOLD BY OUR FOUNDERS
ECHIDNA GIVING AROSE FROM TWO INCLINATIONS

The first is the lens that the two of us share as engineers. We’ve seen innovation come from rigorous thinking, analysis, and evidence. That’s what led us to invest in girls’ education: the clarity of the line connecting educated girls to the social, economic, and political advancement of their communities.

Of course, that line is anything but straight. That’s why we equally believe in the power of giving local leaders the tools, resources and community they need to create their own solutions and shift their own systems.

That’s when breakthroughs happen. We’ve seen that too, as a community organizer and an entrepreneur. At Echidna Giving, we blend both mindsets: analysis alongside passion. We’ve got a small but highly experienced and talented team, and a circle of insightful, engaged advisors. We know our work is only possible thanks to the visionaries who have fueled girls’ education over the past 25 years, through their investment, research and imagination.

We’re ready to play our role in what’s next.

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(One more thing to know about us–or, really, about our name. Echidnas are funny-looking animals from Australia, also known as spiny anteaters. We chose the name because we’re serious about girls’ education–not ourselves. And here’s how you pronounce it: Eh-KID-na. There’s a kid in there. Like at the center of all that we do.)
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