The Eleanor Crook Foundation only makes investments that fill critical gaps and have the potential to be catalytic, scalable, and sustainable.
ECF is an active investor and we pride ourselves on being accountable and informed. We invest in programs that have tremendous potential and we stress our responsibility as funders to actively engage with our grantees. We ask tough questions, and go beyond our grants to play a key role as convener, problem-solver, resource, thought-partner, and advocate. We believe that if our value ends at the money we give, we are not doing our job.
Why Are We Focused on Ending Malnutrition?
The world has made great strides in recent decades toward ending hunger and poverty. Since 1990, the percentage of malnourished people in the world has been nearly cut in half.
Every year, however, malnutrition continues to kill 3.1 million children under five years of age, and permanently limits the mental and physical development of 1 in 4 children on earth.
Malnutrition remains the single largest cause of child mortality, resulting in one third of all deaths of children under five in developing countries.
Globally, malnutrition kills more people than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
Good nutrition in the first thousand days of a child’s life, from conception until her second birthday, provides the essential building blocks for a healthy, productive, and dignified life. Well-nourished kids complete on average a full additional year of education, and those same kids will go on to earn 50% more over their lifetime. As a result, reductions in chronic malnutrition, also known as stunting, can increase GDP in developing countries by up to 11%.
Currently, less than one percent of the total U.S. federal budget goes to foreign aid, and only about one percent of that one percent is spent on improving global nutrition. The U.S. spends more money on Halloween candy each year than we do on international food security and nutrition programs combined. The Copenhagen Consensus estimates, however, that on average every dollar spent on nutrition yields an astounding $45 in returns.