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

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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2018 Funders Forum: Philanthropy's Role In Ending Family and Youth Homelessness

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Passion. Understanding. Curiosity. Intellect. It was all happening in one room during the 2018 Funders Forum

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What Funders Are Saying About Racial Equity and Homelessness

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On February 7 and 8, the Racial Equity and Homelessness Summit convened to address the connection between racial inequity and homelessness with attendees from across the country.

Kollin Min, Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who co-sponsored the convening with the Raikes Foundation, recaps the highlights of the two-day event and funders who were present share their thoughts, takeaways, and responses to what they learned at the summit.

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Welcome To The Funders Together Board: Susan Bass Roberts and Bill Major

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Welcome to our two newest board members: Susan Bass Roberts of the Pohlad Family Foundation and Bill Major of Zarrow Family Foundations!

 

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Six Things To Know About Federal Policy In The New Year

On Wednesday, January 17, Funders Together hosted a webinar with our national partners around what’s been happening with policy and budget issues at the federal level.

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Thank You for the Proximity to Hope

I was recently asked what was the most meaningful part of my work with Funders Together. Without hesitation, I answered with what I reflect on daily: I am blessed to be among people who tirelessly work for their community, our country, and, most importantly, people they may never meet; because they believe ending homelessness is imperative to our humanity. That housing is not only a basic right, it is the pathway to opportunity.

 

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What is Foundations for Employment and Housing?

It's not too late to join Funders Together's newest community of practice focused on employment and homelessness.

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How Will Tax Reform Affect Affordable Housing?

The debate about tax reform is heating up, as the House and Senate have each introduced their own versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act this month. The House voted on its bill two weeks ago, and a vote is anticipated in the Senate this week.

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Reflections on Gratitude from the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

The month of November is a unique time to reflect on the many things we at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) have to be thankful for, including the military service of millions of veterans and active duty, guard and reserve servicemembers.

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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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