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Nothing About Us Without Us: Takeaways from the 2018 True Colors Fund Impact Summit

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Lauren Samblanet, FTEH Program and Membership Coordinator, reflects on key takeaways for philanthropy from the 2018 True Colors Fund Summit in October.

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Welcome to The Funders Together Board: Tony Richardson

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Joining the Funders Together Board of Directors is yet another passionate and inspiring leader in the philanthropic and homelessness fields: Tony Richardson of the Nord Family Foundation.

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Funders Together to End Homelessness Statement on Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos Announcement of $2B Funding Towards Homelessness Initiatives

Funders Together to End Homelessness, a national network of funders with over 230 members, is encouraged to hear of the recent announcement from Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos regarding his $2 billion fund to assist families experiencing homelessness. We applaud his commitment to providing this level of funding towards efforts to address family homelessness.

 

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2018 Funders Institute: Reflections From The Day

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In July at the 2018 Funders Institute, attendees gathered to share what they are learning about homelessness prevention, including what it is and how to work effectively with other systems to really end homelessness. The highly interactive day included a panel discussion, speed networking on what we’re each learning in our work, roundtable discussions, and opportunity to connect with multiple national leaders.

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Thanking an Inspiring Leader and Welcoming Another

Funders Together has seen its fair share of changes in 2018, and we have one more to add to our list.

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Exciting and Bittersweet Changes at Funders Together

Recent changes at Funders Together have us all on staff feeling both excited and bittersweet!

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Five Takeaways from the Inaugural Foundations for Employment and Housing Meeting in Houston, TX

In March, Funders Together's Foundations for Employment and Housing community members came together in Houston to learn about how the city integrated its homeless services system with the public workforce system to ensure all people receiving homeless services can access both employment and housing. In addition to learning from our hosts, community members spent time getting to know one another and sharing their current work – including opportunities and challenges.

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Ending Homelessness Through Public Will Building

In February at our 2018 Funders Forum, attendees sat down with Chris Ko, United Way of Greater Los Angeles; Julie Patiño, The Denver Foundation; and Alastair Gee, Guardian News & Media, to talk about what makes a successful will-building campaign and how philanthropy can build community support to prevent and end homelessness.

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Power in Numbers: Building a Funder Network

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At the 2018 Funder Forum, attendees explored what it took to build a successful funder network and how a network can be beneficial in advancing the movement to prevent and end homelessness.

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Homelessness Prevention: Where To Start

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At the 2018 Funders Forum, we dove into learning about nation-wide prevention models and pilot programs being launched in communities taking the next step in homelessness prevention.

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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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