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2019 Funders Institute: Reflections from a Family Foundation Perspective

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Marci Lu, Senior Program Officer at the William J. & Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation, attended the first day of the July 2019 Funders Institute, Removing Barriers to Advance Racial Equity from the Ground Up. In this post she outlines key takeaways on how family foundations can support community work that’s advancing racial equity and addressing racial disparities.

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Authentic Inclusion and Advocacy: Reflections from the Point Source Youth Symposium

In June, I attended the Point Source Youth Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness in New York City. There were many conversations that resonated and increased my knowledge in the field, but there were three major take-aways that struck me as actions that funders should consider in their workplaces, grantmaking, and advocacy work.

 

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Amplifying the Voice of Philanthropy to Oppose HUD’s Mixed Status Proposed Rule

On July 9, 2019, Funders Together to End Homelessness submitted a public comment to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to show our opposition to its recent proposed rule that would prohibit “mixed-status” immigrant families from public or subsidized housing.

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Inclusivity Matters: How to Advance DEI Efforts Through Inclusive Meetings

Funders Together to End Homelessness has been intentional about centering racial and LGBTQ equity in our work to end homelessness. In our webinars, resources, and convenings, equity is always part of the conversation. As staff, we have been working to update our internal policies surrounding racial and LGBTQ equity, and we are on a continued journey to be more equitable and inclusive in our external practices and work.

 

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What Funders Can Learn from LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness

What can funders learn from LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness? Our CEO, Amanda Andere, joined Kahilb Barton, True Colors United; Rivianna Hyatt, True Colors United; and Kelli King-Jackson, The Simmons Foundation to discuss this at the Funders for LGBTQ Issues Funding Forward convening in March.

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End of the 100-Day Challenge, Start of a Movement

Miami-Dade County, Florida 100-Day Challenge Community Members

In November 2018, five communities set out on a 100-Day Challenge as part of a growing national movement to prevent and end youth homelessness. Armed with goals some might have thought were impossible, they set out to help young people gain access to employment, education, health, and ultimately, safe and secure housing.

 

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Funders Together Statement on Proposed Rule Changes by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Funders Together to End Homelessness strongly opposes HUD’s recent proposed changes to rules that protect and house individuals and families at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness.

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How Can Funders Strengthen Racial Equity Work?



Adrienne Mundorf, Senior Program Director at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, attended the first in-person convening of Foundations for Racial Equity in March 2019. In this post, she outlines key takeaways from the meeting on how funders can be instrumental and supportive in the work to advance racial equity.


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Taking A Stand on the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is less than a year away, but the work to ensure a fair and accurate count for our communities is far from over. Funders Together to End Homelessness, along with nearly thirty other philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs) and funders, contributed to an amicus curiae brief to contest the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

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Policy Expert Round-Up: The FY2020 Federal Budget and Engaging Congress

Our national partners provide insight and advice on the FY20 federal budget cycle and how we can engage the new Congress.

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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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