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

Collaboration Across the Pond

The partnership between Butler Family Fund and Oak Foundation illustrates the power that funders have when they join forces to create replicable, systemic, and lasting solutions to homelessness.

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Elevating New Voices to End Homelessness

It’s been remarkable to watch the impact that social media has had in the arena of homelessness.  

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LGBT Homeless Youth: Support Through Data Collection

Data on youth homelessness is notoriously lacking.  We need better data to understand the scale of the problem and our progress toward solving it.

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Foundations: Catalysts of Change

In his forum, Rob Reich claims that, at their best, foundations foster pluralism and encourage discovery. But in my experience foundations can do much more.

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First-Ever Funders Institute: Harnessing Potential, Powering Change

Philanthropy has taken a huge step forward, but there is still much to learn and work to be done if we are to truly solve homelessness. That’s why we’re excited to hold our first-ever Funders Institute this summer with our partners at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. 

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Success, Stability, & Support for Children & Families

Because of the generosity of Barbara and Al Siemer, a collaboration of 23 United Ways is sharing best practices and collecting and assessing data that will lead to a better understanding of homelessness and its impact on children.

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Veteran Homelessness: We’re on the Right Track

With a scarf and a clipboard, I joined many government officials to conduct a census of people who were spending the night on the street in D.C. with low temperatures in the 30s. 

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Boston Marathon Tragedy

To Members and Friends of Funders Together

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Thinking More Broadly About a Place to Call Home

In the shadow of sequestration and increasingly constrained public sector resources, the goal of ending family homelessness seems to move continually further out of reach.  

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The Bigger Picture: 5 Things Funders Need to Consider…

Funders should consider these points in order to supporting the work of ending homelessness.

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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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