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2014 Funders Forum Pre-Reads

At this year's Funders Forum on Family and Youth Homelessness, we're excited to present our popular TableTalk Sessions, custom-designed to highlight issues that matter to you. Below, you'll find the names of the sessions you can participate in, along with facilitator-selected pre-reads to provide a foundation prior to the event. These pre-reads will be the basis of the conversations at the Funders Forum. Take a minute to study up so your TableTalk experience will involve a deeper dive into these crucial issues in Family and Youth Homelessness.

Family Homelessness Recommended Pre-Reading

Table #1: Fixing TANF: Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Families

Table #2: Beyond McJobs: Sustainable Employment

Table #3: Bridging Systems to End Family Homelessness: Redefining the Funder's Role

Youth Homelessness Recommended Pre-Reading

Table #1: The Varying Needs of Homeless Youth and Young Adults: One Size Doesn't Fit All

Table #2: Advocating for Youth: Promoting Policies to End Youth Homelessness

Table #3: Kickstarting a Systems Approach: How You Can End Youth Homelessness in Your Community


In case you missed it, you can also learn how your foundation can get involved in a ground-breaking study on youth homelessness.  Read the letter from Bryan Samuels and partners.


If you have any questions about these materials, please contact Bevin Shagoury.


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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