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

Public-Private Partnerships: An Effective Way to Address Our Community’s Needs

I’m never quite sure what the reaction will be when I mention the concept of “public-private partnerships” to a colleague.

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Funders Together Goes to Washington

Part of philanthropy’s responsibility to the most vulnerable in our society is to call on government―both elected officials and non-elected staff on both sides of the political aisle―to work in ways that are just, effective, and efficient.

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Ending Family Homelessness Requires Changes in the Ways We Do Business

Changing the way we do business has the potential to improve outcomes for families who are homeless across each of our communities.  

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Reflections on a Week in the “Other” Washington

Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a broad range of events in our nation’s capital that, once again, confirmed for me that we can and will succeed in our long-term goal of ending homelessness.

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HHS Secretary Highlights Foundation’s Systems Change Work

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius gave the keynote address at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness.

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National Mental Health Conference Being Hosted in Tulsa

This fall, advocates, funders, service providers, consumers, and researchers will convene in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the 2012 National Zarrow Mental Health Symposium & Mental Health America Annual Conference. 

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The Power of Mini Planning Grants to Fuel Systems Change in Homelessness

When we first became involved with homelessness, we noticed that the national focus and most of the local work was on ending chronic homelessness.  While we applauded this effort, we wanted to see the 10-year community planning process include homeless families as well. 

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In Ohio, Medicaid is a Life Changer for People Experiencing Homelessness

A new study reveals that a large number of clients served by the supportive housing program qualify for Medicaid, and the majority of services being provided would be considered eligible for Medicaid reimbursement. 

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Housing Development Correlates to Homelessness Reduction in Tulsa

The Building Tulsa, Building Lives capital campaign to end chronic homelessness continues to expand and develop. As a result, with more housing development, chronic homelessness in Tulsa, Oklahoma has decreased.

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Public-Private Partnerships: Lessons Learned by the Washington Families Fund

Foundations are often invited to join public-private partnerships, but do they really work? 

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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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