A national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness

Jessica Mathias

  • Webinar: Philanthropy & the 2020 Census: What a Fair and Accurate Count Means for Ending Homelessness

    Thursday, December 12 | 12:00pm ET | 11:00am CT | 10:00am MT | 9:00am PT

    Census 2020 operations are underway as the country prepares for Census Day on April 1, 2020. All a driver of important funding and policy decisions, the Census also impacts the work to prevent and end homelessness across the country. So, what does this mean for philanthropy, and how can funders work within states and communities to ensure a fair and accurate count of people experiencing homelessness or housing instability and other hard-to-count populations?

    In this webinar, we will explore where current Census operations are, why philanthropy investing in housing and homelessness programs should care about the count, what some of the concerns and barriers are to counting people experiencing homelessness, and how funders can be an integral part in fair and accurate Census efforts in their community. We will also hear from the Polk Bros Foundation in Chicago on its role in the Illinois Count Me In 2020 campaign, how it supports efforts outside of funding, and the importance of bringing in funders from other sectors through mindful collaboration and coordination.

    Learning Objectives

    We hope that participants will walk away from this webinar with:

    • Knowledge about what the current Census 2020 operational timeline;
    • An understanding about the importance of the Census 2020 count's impact on housing and homelessness programs and efforts;
    • Information about the concerns and barriers to counting people experiencing homelessness and other hard-to-count populations;
    • And tangible steps and actions funders can take in their communities to support grantees and ensure a fair and accurate count of people experiencing homelessness.


    • Deborah Bennett, Polk Bros Foundation
    • Jocelyn Bissonnette, Funders Committee for Civic Participation
    • Terri Ann Lowenthal, Funders Committee for Civic Participation
    • Meghan Maury, National LGBTQ Task Force

    Please note: This webinar is only open to members of Funders Together, private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy-serving organizations. If you have questions about participating, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at stephanie@FundersTogether.org

    If you are not logged into the Funders Together website, times are in eastern time. If you are logged in, time should reflect your current time zone.

    December 12, 2019 at 12pm
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  • Member Call: Funders Together Commitment to Racial Equity

    Monday, December 9 | 2:00pm ET | 1:00pm CT | 12:00am MT | 11:00am PT

    When Funders Together to End Homelessness named racial equity as a strategic goal in 2016, we knew that naming it was just the first step of a larger commitment. Over the past three years, we’ve been reflecting on what it means to embed racial equity into everything we do, both internally and externally. We’ve taken steps to talk about it in all our programming, learn as a staff and with our board, and examine our vendor practices.  

    But, we know that there’s so much more to do. To guide our future work and institutionalize racial equity into our organization, we revised our mission and vision statements and crafted a racial equity commitment that outlines what we as an organization believe, understand, and acknowledge when it comes to racial inequities in homelessness in philanthropy. This commitment explores how we want to work with philanthropy, how we want to shift our internal practices, and what we aspire to accomplish by centering racial justice in our work to end homelessness.  

    Ultimately, we hope that centering racial equity will become the norm in philanthropy and homelessness and that others can use our written commitment as inspiration for their own work.  

    Join this Call

    Join this member call on December 9 to have a candid conversation about what it took to craft this commitment, what it means for members of Funders Together, and to share your thoughts on how you might use it and what you’d like to see from us.  

    To sign up, please RSVP below. A few days before the call, you will receive an email and a calendar invitation from Stephanie Chan (stephanie@funderstogether.org) with call-in information.  

    Member call speakers: 

    • Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness 
    • Katie Hong, Director of Special Initiatives, Raikes Foundation and current board chair of Funders Together to End Homelessness 
    • Bill Pitkin, Independent Consultant and former board chair of Funders Together to End Homelessness 


    Please note: This call is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together. While we will prepare some remarks about this racial equity commitment, we intend for this call to be a conversation between funders and Funders Together and look forward to hearing your thoughts and questions. 

    December 09, 2019 at 2pm
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