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2020 Funders Forum Agenda

We will regularly update this page with more details as we have them. Please note that this agenda is subject to change without notice. 

If you have ideas of what you’d like to see at the 2020 Funders Forum, or if you are interested in sharing your work to end homelessness with other funders, please reach out to Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.

February 19, 2020



Networking breakfast

Please check in between 8:30 and 9:00 and meet other participants during breakfast.


Funders Forum - Morning Conversations

- Opening and welcome

- Funders Together’s commitment to racial equity

- State of the movement and call to action

- What policy agenda and levers do we need to push, and how do we center racial and housing justice? 

- How can we organize and leverage the different abilities of philanthropy to shift public and political will? 




National Alliance to End Homelessness opening plenary

Please note: The NAEH conference opening plenary is open to joint registrants only.


Building Political Will Using Research from Family Homelessness Initiatives

- Building political will with research and evidence-based practices, featuring research on family homelessness


Open Space to Go Deeper

- We will have open space for small group conversations so that participants can go deeper on narrative change, building public and political will, family homelessness, the criminalization of homelessness, federal policies impacting local communities, and partnering with 501c4 and LLCs to end homelessness. 


Networking Reception

Tribune Tavern, 401 13th St, Oakland, CA 94612

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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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