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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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The Music of Ending Homelessness

The music in my home when I was growing up was an unusual blend of 70’s Korean pop ballads, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Who. Times may have changed, but music is still a large part of what makes a home, and that’s why Richard Carter’s story has meant so much to me.

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Funders Together Houston Celebrates Successes & Future Plans

Funders Together congratulates FTEH Houston on their 1-year anniversary. We’ve enjoyed collaborating with a committed group of funders working together to make an impact on their community!

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900 Heads Are Better Than 1: Reflections on the National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference on Youth & Family Homelessness

What happens when you bring together more than 900 of the nation’s leading players in the work of ending family and youth homelessness from the non-profit, government, advocacy and philanthropic sectors?

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Visiting Seattle: The Success of Funders Together [Video]

At this week’s NAEH 2013 Conference on Ending Family & Youth Homelessness, Funders Together hosted several events as part of our Networking Series: Where Catalytic Philanthropy Begins With Conversation. 

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Youth Homelessness: Hearing Their Stories, Sharing Ours

All of us should cringe when we hear the words “youth” and “homelessness” joined together. No society, least of all ours, should tolerate a system which allows our young to be discarded, victimized or left to live on the streets.  

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Looking Ahead: A Vision for Ending Family Homelessness

At the Gates Foundation, we’re now entering the 14th year of our work in Washington State to reduce family homelessness.  That may sound like a long time, but when dealing with a problem as complex and seemingly intractable as family homelessness, time is required to find and implement changes with the potential to have real impact.  

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Criminalizing Poverty

From the early 1800′s, people throughout the U.S. who could not afford a home were confined to “poorhouses” or “workhouses,” for the “crime” of being poor. Most of us look back on those days in disbelief, but today, communities all over the country are passing ordinances that come very close to making it a crime to be poor. 

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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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