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

What Our Work Means For Ending Homelessness

Funders Together to End Homelessness is a robust network of 220 philanthropic organizations from across the United States who are dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness. Because homelessness has no single cause or solution, our members are engaged in various kinds of grantmaking. Some are specifically focused on homelessness, while others work to improve related areas like health care, education, workforce development, child welfare, domestic violence, and food security. Our members include representatives from all types of foundations—private, operating, family, community, etc.—as well as individual donors, corporate giving programs, and United Ways.

Because of the diversity of our membership, Funders Together to End Homelessness provides an array of programming, resources, and technical assistance through:

  • Connecting members to a large national network of innovative and strategic funders
  • Creating opportunities for members to engage at the national and regional levels
  • Providing a wide range of networking opportunities for members to share with and learn from peers and experts
  • Sharing resources and information about best practices and strategies to maximize the impact of philanthropy’s grantmaking towards homelessness solutions
  • Advancing a larger national movement to prevent and end homelessness

We believe philanthropy can uniquely contribute to the movement to prevent and end homelessness. Funders Together to End Homelessness is committed to empowering, informing, and facilitating this contribution.   

Below is a look at how we’ve been focusing our efforts from 2017 for our members and what it means for ending homelessness.

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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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