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

Funders and the Upcoming Point-in-Time Counts

After Labor Day, many communities will start to plan for their January Point-in-Time Homeless Counts. How can you help as a funder?  

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Insidious Impacts: Sequestration's Effects on the Most Vulnerable Families

The realities of sequestration are now being felt throughout the country as states and municipalities are forced to do more with much less.

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Housing is Healthcare

What is your best guess for the average life expectancy of homeless individuals?

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Post-Conference Guest Blog: Top 3 Things I Took Away from This Summer’s Conference

Every summer the National Alliance to End Homelessness conference on ending homelessness has been a highlight for me. It reinvigorates me. It teaches me. It reminds me why we do this work – day in and day out.

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Using Wisdom, Compassion, and Courage to End Homelessness

An excerpt of Funders Together Executive Director Anne Miskey’s welcoming remarks at the Inaugural Funders Institute.

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The Inaugural Funders Institute: What We Learned, Where We’re Going

A record number of private funders came to share their ideas, experiences and lessons learned from communities across the United States and Canada at the first-ever Funders Institute.

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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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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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