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2018 Funders Institute Agenda

2018 Funders Institute Agenda



8:30 – 9:00


Arrive early to check in and get settled with a nutritious breakfast.

9:00 – 12:00

Opening, introductions, and why prevention?

Get to know fellow attendees and hear from Katie Hong, Raikes Foundation, who will provide context around homelessness prevention and why we’re focusing on this today.


How are we thinking about prevention?

Hear different perspectives about how funders, communities, and policymakers are thinking about prevention and working with other systems.

Speakers include: 

  • Katie Hong, Raikes Foundation (moderator)
  • Jasmine Hayes, USICH
  • Russell Johnson, HealthSpark Foundation
  • Jennifer Loving, Destination:Home


Working at the Intersections

Six systems leaders will share how their system interacts with the homelessness system. Hear about how homelessness interacts with housing, criminal justice, mental health, the health system, employment and child welfare, and how data instrumental to this work.

Topics include:

  • Criminal Justice & Mental Health
    Richard Cho, Council of State Government Justice Center
    Janice Elliott, Melville Charitable Trust


12:00 – 1:00


Unprogrammed lunch to connect with other participants and reflect on what you’re heard so far.

1:00 – 1:45

National Conference on Ending Homelessness Opening Plenary

Note: This is open only to those who registered to attend the NAEH conference in addition to the Funders Institute.

2:15 – 4:30

System Roundtable Discussions

Over two rounds of discussion, participants will dive deeper into how different systems interact with homelessness and what their role as funders is in this work.


Closing Remarks and Evaluation

We’ll wrap up the Institute with quick closing remarks and reflections before transitioning to a reception.

4:30 – 6:00

Networking Reception

We’ll adjourn to a networking reception with drinks and hors d’oeurves.


And don’t forget! We’ll have a session on Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. specifically for funders. On Tuesday, we’ll be hearing from national policymakers and policy experts, and on Wednesday we’ll wrap up the conference talking about next steps for this work.

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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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