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

From Business Owner to Philanthropist and Advocate

 

Most members of Funders Together to End Homelessness represent institutional philanthropy -- private, endowed foundations; community foundations; corporations; or United Ways.  Yet the vast majority of charitable donations in the U.S. come from individuals and it has been a goal of Funders Together for a number of years to increase membership among individual philanthropists.

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What to Expect From Funders Together Programming in 2019

The new year is often a time when people set new goals or resolutions for the next twelve months. At Funders Together, we’re using the start of 2019 to make some commitments to all our members about the programming they can expect from us this year.

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Philanthropy Cannot “Fill the Gaps” During Government Shutdown

Whenever there is a reduction in government funding, it is often assumed that the private sector can step up and fill in the gaps. This government shutdown is no exception.

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Prioritizing Racial Equity Through Experiential Learning

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This summer, the Butler Family Fund board and staff along with other Butler family members, traveled to Alabama to take their racial equity learning from behind conference room walls to an on-location “classroom” filled with the most qualified teachers – those with lived experience.

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Building Strong Infrastructure for Our Future

Since Funders Together became a nonprofit in 2010, we’ve grown to a membership of over 230 members of all types, sizes, and focus areasOver the past eight years, we’ve learned a lot about what our members need to be successful in their work to prevent and end homelessness. We’ve shifted the way we are doing our work to build more relationships with partners inside and outside of the housing and homelessness fields, strengthen our policy and advocacy work, and push the field to think strategically about topics like systems change and racial equity.  

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Philanthropy is Key to Advocacy and Policy Wins in 2018, But More Work is Ahead

Over the past year, we have seen new proposals that threaten to further reduce access to affordable housing for the lowest income people, including austere budgets and cuts to housing benefits that help struggling families make ends meet. However, with the support of philanthropy, advocates across the country have been able to push back against these harmful plans. This partnership – between philanthropy and skilled advocacy – resulted in major victories. Sarah Mickelson, Senior Director of Policy at the National Low Income Housing Coalition outlines the affordable housing "wins" and what we can expect in the coming months.

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Take Action: How Funders Can Protect Immigrant Families from Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness

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At the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (the “Law Center”), we believe that adequate housing is a fundamental human right, and must be accessible to all, regardless of race, ethnicity, or immigration status. Together with hundreds of other national and local organizations, the Law Center is participating in the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign against the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) proposed Public Charge Rule.

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Nothing About Us Without Us: Takeaways from the 2018 True Colors Fund Impact Summit

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Lauren Samblanet, FTEH Program and Membership Coordinator, reflects on key takeaways for philanthropy from the 2018 True Colors Fund Summit in October.

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Welcome to The Funders Together Board: Tony Richardson

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Joining the Funders Together Board of Directors is yet another passionate and inspiring leader in the philanthropic and homelessness fields: Tony Richardson of the Nord Family Foundation.

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Funders Together to End Homelessness Statement on Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos Announcement of $2B Funding Towards Homelessness Initiatives

Funders Together to End Homelessness, a national network of funders with over 230 members, is encouraged to hear of the recent announcement from Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos regarding his $2 billion fund to assist families experiencing homelessness. We applaud his commitment to providing this level of funding towards efforts to address family 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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