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

Our Mission

Expand philanthropy’s impact and influence to advance the movement to prevent and end homelessness.

 

Our Work

Funders Together to End Homelessness is the only philanthropic membership organization devoted to ending homelessness in the United States. We provide critical resources and learning and networking opportunities to our members to increase their knowledge, capacity, and effectiveness in both the individual and collective work to prevent and end homelessness. Funders Together acts as a vehicle for members to be part of a broader movement and bring greater financial and intellectual resources to the work to end homelessness.

Our work brings philanthropy together around best practices and innovation to ensure investments are maximized as funders in communities around the United States work towards solutions to prevent and end homelessness.

Funders Together to End Homelessness:

  • Encourages and supports our members in risk taking and learning faster together.
  • Inspires by connecting members doing critical work across the United States to each other as well as members with a local focus to national efforts.
  • Highlights available opportunities for funders to be part of policy change and bring the collective philanthropy voice to advocacy at both the local and national level.
  • Provides tailored learning that allows philanthropy to consider the role in best practices and emerging topics around preventing and ending homelessness. 

We believe:

  • Moving people into permanent housing through proven best practices is critical to ensuring homelessness is rare, brief, and one-time.
  • It is essential that philanthropy work in a public-private partnership model identifying where funds can be leveraged, help to fill gaps, and spur innovation.
  • In order to effect lasting change, it is critical for communities to take a systems change approach to the work of preventing and ending homelessness.
  • Recognizing policy change and prioritizing public resources is critical to our work and we believe funders should engage in and fund advocacy efforts at the local and national level.  
  • Racial and other inequities contribute to homelessness and housing insecurity, therefore, it is critical philanthropy work with partners to address structural inequalities.
  • In a grantee-centered approach and embedding lived experience in all aspects of our members’ work to prevent and end homelessness.
  • In embedding the voices of people with lived experience in all aspects of our members’ work to prevent and end homelessness.

Our movement is growing. We hope you will join us.

 

Our Story

As housing and social service cuts increased and the economy deteriorated across the United States, homelessness emerged as a significant problem in the 1980s. Historically, we addressed homelessness through emergency shelters and transitional housing. Today, with more than a decade of research and experience under our belts, we know that increasing access to housing and supportive services while simultaneously focusing on prevention is a much more effective and efficient approach.

Philanthropy has an important role to play in ensuring that these evidenced-based approaches are encouraged and funded throughout the United States.

Funders Together to End Homelessness began in 2004 as the Partnership to End Long-Term Homelessness (PELTH)—an informal network of seven national funders including Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Fannie Mae and the Fannie Mae Foundation, Melville Charitable Trust, Rockefeller Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Deutsche Bank who came together to focus on ending chronic homelessness. Their goals were twofold: 1) spur the creation of 150,000 units of permanent supportive housing and 2) leverage $100,000,000 in funding for ending homelessness.

PELTH members recognized that their partnership addressed a problem they often encountered in philanthropy: information about best practices, innovative solutions, policy, and opportunities to align funding was often fragmented, failing to reach many grantmakers working on homelessness and related issues.

Through their work, our founders saw an opportunity to broaden their focus from chronic homelessness and the creation of housing to all types of homelessness and systems change. They identified a need for an independent organization to facilitate information sharing and be the voice of philanthropy, poised to advocate on behalf of effective and strategic solutions to homelessness.

This prompted the creation of Funders Together to End Homelessness.

In 2010, Funders Together became a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that focuses on building a national network of funders who are committed to solving homelessness through:

  • Leadership, education, and advocacy;
  • Strategic collaboration and grantmaking; and
  • Effective promotion and replication of best practice models in their communities and across the nation.

Funders Together members have individually and collaboratively invested millions of dollars in pursuit of our mission to end and prevent homelessness. Our members have supported innovative demonstration programs, Housing First, permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, and health care and social service delivery that have become best practice models for solving homelessness. Our members are also actively engaged in systems change work, investing and participating in cross-sector collaborations to end homelessness at the local, state, and federal levels.


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.

 

 

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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