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2015 Funders Institute Agenda

Bridging the Gap: The Strategic Role of Philanthropy in Ending Homelessness

Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th St NW
Room 12/13/14
Washington, DC 20001

Morning Session: What I’ve Learned

8:30-9:00          Networking Breakfast

9:00-9:30          Welcoming Remarks

      • Janice Elliot, Melville Charitable Trust
      • Anne Miskey, Funders Together
      • Bill Pitkin, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

9:30-9:45          Veteran Lived Experience - George Forbes

9:45-10:00        Matthew Doherty, USICH

10:00-10:30      What I’ve Learned Networking - Leslie Perkul, Sister of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

10:30-10:45      Break

10:45-11:45      Bridging the Gap: Housing and Employment

      • Martha Toll, Butler Family Fund
      • Amy Rynell, Heartland Alliance
      • Becca Allen, Melville Charitable Trust
      • Sue Beaton, The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation 

11:45-12:00      Nan Roman, National Alliance to End Homelessness

12:00-1:00        Lunch

Afternoon Session: Bridging the Gap

1:00-1:15          Youth Lived Experience - Rivianna Hyatt

1:15-1:20          What I’ve Learned - Katie Hong, Raikes Foundation

1:20-2:10          Interactive Case Studies

2:10-2:35          Group Discussions

2:35-2:50          Funders Acting Boldly (FAB) Talk: Taking Risks When You Don't Like Being Wrong - David Wertheimer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

2:50-3:00          Closing Remarks

4:00-5:00          Funders Institute Happy Hour at City Tap House


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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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