2019 Funders Institute
July 22-24, 2019
Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to present our annual Funders Institute, held in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, D.C. The Funders Institute is our largest event for funders to learn from each other and experts about philanthropy’s role in preventing and ending homelessness.
The 2019 Funders Institute will focus on deep community work that’s advancing racial equity and how funders can support it, conversation about keeping homelessness and housing stability as key topics during the 2020 presidential election and Census, and peer learning on how funders should support their grantees in addressing racial disparities.
The Institute consists of a full day on Monday, July 22 and a funder-only workshop on both Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24 during the National Conference on Ending Homelessness.
Joint Registration for the Funders Institute and National Conference on Ending Homelessness
Private funders (foundations, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and United Ways) who wish to attend both the Funders Institute and the National Conference on Ending Homelessness should register through Funders Together.
Joint registration closes at 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, June 20. After this date, the spots we have reserved for funders will be released for people on the National Conference waitlist.
Register for the Funders Institute Only
Funders are also able to register for just the Funders Institute on July 22. (However, this excludes the ability to attend the National Conference opening plenary from 12:45 – 2:00 on July 22.)
Registration for the Funders Institute only closes Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT.
Please note this event is exclusively for private funders, including foundations, United Ways, and philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about registration or your eligibility to participate, please contact Lauren Samblanet, Membership and Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2019 Funders Institute will focus on advancing racial equity from the ground up in homelessness, how to effectively influence public policy, and building the capacity of grantees to do racial equity work. Some of the major themes we will explore include:
Advancing Racial Equity from the Ground Up
While Black people comprise 13% of the general population in the United States and 26% of those living in poverty, they account for more than 40% of the homelessness population, suggesting that poverty rates alone do not explain the over-representation. As we continue to work with policymakers and our homelessness system to reduce these disparities, we also need to better support people deeply embedded in communities who are fighting for racial justice.
During the 2019 Funders Institute, we'll discuss the importance of supporting culturally-specific organizations working to end homelessness and local organizers who are fighting for affordable housing. We'll talk with foundation leaders about how we need to work differently to make our organizations more equitable and support those who are already deeply embedded in communities fighting for racial justice.
How to Effectively Influence Public Policy
We'll have a conversation with Congressional staffers about what is most effective and helpful in understanding issues and crafting policies. Funders will have an opportunity to share what's most top of mind for them and how philanthropy can engage and support public policies that help people experiencing homelessness or facing housing instability.
What Funders are Doing to Support Grantees in Racial Equity Work
Many funders have been asking how to best support their grantees to do racial equity work. On Wednesday, we'll have an intimate discussion with foundation staff about how they are building their grantees' capacity to learn about racial equity and shift the way they work.
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Rd. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
DATES AND TIMES
Monday, July 22, 2019 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
- There will be a break from 12:45 – 2:00 for the National Conference on Ending Homelessness’ opening plenary.
- Networking reception to follow, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
- Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | morning*
- Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | morning*
* These session times are will be confirmed soon, but will likely start at 9:00 am.
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20008
The National Conference on Ending Homelessness has secured a block of discounted rooms at the conference host hotel, the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Discounted room rates are $223.00 plus taxes until the room block closes on Friday, June 28, 2019 or when the room block fills up. Call 1-877-212-5752 and reference "National Conference on Ending Homelessness" or book online by clicking here.
2660 Woodley Rd NW
Washington, DC 20008
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