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

2014 Council on Foundations Conference for Community Foundations

One hundred years ago, Frederick Goff launched the world’s first community foundation in Cleveland, unleashing the power of place-based giving. Since then, the Cleveland Foundation has provided the world with an example of how community collaboration might unite local resources around important priorities.

For the first time, one organization pulled together the people of a community – diverse in their aspirations and means – to pursue a shared vision of a remarkable future. This transformative idea spread around the world, inspiring millions to take action and improve their communities.

This fall, the Council on Foundations invites you to Cleveland, Ohio as we mark the culmination of the first 100 years of service and leadership by community foundations.

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October 19, 2014 at 8:30am - October 21, 2014
Westin Cleveland Downtown
777 St Clair Ave NE
Cleveland, OH 44114
United States
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We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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