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

Funders Together to End Homelessness is the only national network for grantmakers working to end homelessness. Originally created in 2004 as the Partnership to End Long-Term Homelessness, Funders Together was re-launched as an independent 501(c)(3) organization in 2010.

Our mission: harness philanthropy’s expanding potential for impact and change to help end homelessness in America. 

We promote a catalytic approach to philanthropy that goes beyond effective grant-making to active civic engagement in solving homelessness.

We believe that we can end homelessness in the United States, and philanthropy will play a critical role in this effort. 

But first, we must come together to share what works, learn from each other, and challenge each other to develop innovative, long-lasting solutions.  To end homelessness, we must rethink systems that merely manage the issue or tolerate it as an “intractable” social problem.  We must increase coordination across government departments and agencies, and initiate strategic partnerships among funders, policymakers, business leaders, advocates, and  service providers.

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As the only national network of grantmakers working to end homelessness, Funders Together provides a unique forum for our members to

  • Create partnerships at the local, regional, and national levels;
  • Access tools and resources to improve their strategic grantmaking, convening, and advocacy;
  • Advocate for a systems approach and long-term solutions that prevent and end homelessness; and
  • Educate the broader philanthropic community about effective collaboration.

Because homelessness has no single cause or solution, our members are engaged in various kinds of grantmaking.  Some are specifically focused on homelessness.  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 — independent, family, corporate, operating, and public charities — as well as individual  donors, corporate giving programs, and United Ways.


Funders Together to End Homelessness is not a grantmaking institution.  If you are a grantseeker, please click here.

Please note, Funders Together does not have the capacity to directly aid or refer people who are in immediate need of assistance. However, we do know of some places that may be more helpful in this regard.  Immediate sources of aid in your community can be found by consulting your local department of social services or your local branch of the United Way. You may also find it helpful to consult this directory of homeless service providers.

 

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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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