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.
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.