Registration for the 2018 Funders Forum, held in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness, is now open!
Across the country, funders are working to end homelessness for families, and for youth and young adults. As we work to implement best practices and identify innovative and effective solutions, we must look at the system as a whole and ask ourselves, “Can we really end homelessness for families or for youth and young adults without considering larger issues such as racial equity?”
Join us at this year’s Funders Forum to meet other funders working to end homelessness in their communities and nationally. Together, we will hear from communities and funders who are looking at things differently and addressing systemic issues and intersections that will be key to our success in ultimately ending homelessness for everyone.
As always, the Funders Forum will be an invaluable opportunity to connect with funder peers from across the country. This year, we are excited to offer even more opportunities for discussion and sharing, and concrete ideas for you to turn conversations to action in your own work.
As we convene in Los Angeles, we are also thrilled to partner with Funders Together Los Angeles and hear about how they have been coming together for years to learn about and implement best practices.
More information, including speakers, coming soon!
Nisha Patel is the Executive Director of the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty at the Urban Institute. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the partnership is a nonpartisan group of leaders, experts, and practitioners working to identify promising interventions to make real, lasting progress against persistent poverty in America.
Patel has nearly two decades of experience leading, developing, and implementing initiatives to increase economic opportunities for low-income families. She served in the Obama administration as director of the Office of Family Assistance within the US Department of Health and Human Services, overseeing a $17 billion annual portfolio of federal grants, including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
Patel was previously deputy director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, where she led national efforts to expand two-generation approaches to improve outcomes for children and their parents. Before that, Patel was a program officer in the US Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she managed a portfolio focused on increasing postsecondary success through community partnerships and policy development, as well as special initiatives.
Patel previously held positions as director of programs at Washington Area Women’s Foundation and senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy. She has also been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University.
Conversations with HUD
We are excited to welcome several leaders from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to this year's Forum. These representatives are joining to hear from YOU. What's working? What's not? How are you working with your public sector partners? What trends are you seeing in your work?
Matthew Hunter, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management
Neal Rackleff, Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development
Jimmy Stracner, Regional Administrator
Updates on Family and Youth Homelessness
These updates will give attendees a basic understanding of what is happening at the national level in the work to end family and youth homelessness.
Throughout the day we will have "pop-ups" featuring updates from leaders at USICH, National Alliance to End Homelessness, A Way Home America, and Funders Together Los Angeles.
Participants will be able to choose two conversations that they want to join throughout the afternoon. Each conversation will feature experts on the topic that will jumpstart the conversation.
Data on Family Homelessness - What we know and what we need to know about families experiencing homelessness. This conversation will include recent findings from an evaluation of a family homelessness initiative in the Northwest.
Speaker(s): Kollin Min, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AnniePennucci, Building Changes and Debra Rog, Westat
Data on Youth Homelessness - What we know and what we need to know about youth experiencing homelessness. This conversation will include information from Voices of Youth Count.
Speaker(s): Matt Morton, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall - Voices of Youth Count
Education and Homelessness - How do housing instability and homelessness affect education outcomes? How do we work with the education system to prevent homelessness and better serve students experiencing homelessness?
Speaker(s): Casey Trupin, Program Officer, Raikes Foundation and Nicole Rodriguez Leach, Deutsche Bank Foundation
Preventing Homelessness - What does prevention mean? What is philanthropy's role in prevention?
Speaker(s): Barbara Poppe, Barbara Poppe and Associates
Philanthropy's Role in Building Public Will - How can philanthropy help build public will to prevent and end homelessness?
Speaker(s): Alastair Gee, Homelessness Editor, Guardian News & Media, Julie Patiño, Director of Basic Human Needs, The Denver Foundation, and Chris Ko, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Building a Funder Network - Join leaders from funders networks across the country to discuss how and why they created a funders networks in their communities and what they're doing now.
Speaker(s): Rosa Benitez, Weingart Foundation, Funders Together Los Angeles and Jean Sazevich, Director, Heading Home Minnesota Funders Collaborative
After a full day of learning, we hope you will join funders from across the country and FTEH staff for our Funders Forum reception!
*Please note this is a draft agenda and subject to change.
If you are able to attend the National Alliance to End Homelessness' full National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness, remember to register as soon as possible! Registration will close early.
This funder-focused event is open to foundations, United Ways, individual philanthropists, philanthropy serving organizations, and invited guests only. Please contact us regarding requests to extend an invitation. This event is not an opportunity for fundraising. Thank you!