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

Policy Expert Round-Up: The FY2020 Federal Budget and Engaging Congress

Our national partners provide insight and advice on the FY20 federal budget cycle and how we can engage the new Congress.

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Trust Building and the Process of Learning: Reflections from the Foundations for Racial Equity March Convening


On March 6-8, twenty-five funders from across the United States and Canada gathered in Portland, OR to kick off Foundations for Racial Equity (FRE), our two-year community of practice for funders who want to undo structural racism to end homelessness. We came together to learn and share resources on racial equity work in our organizations and communities, identify collective action steps, and build relationships and trust with each other.  

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Policy Expert Round-Up: Key Thoughts from the FY 2019 Federal Budget and Last Congress

Our national partners weigh in on some of the key takeaways from the latest FY19 federal budget cycle and past Congress.

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2019 Funders Forum: Taking Greater Risks to End Unsheltered Homelessness



Regardless of the topic, whenever I leave the flurry of work and family life for three days to attend a funder network meeting, I can’t help but find myself wondering “Will it be worth it?” It was much easier to embrace this risk after learning that the 2019 Funders Forum would be held in San Diego at a time of year when my home town, Omaha, Nebraska, has endured a particularly brutal winter including more than 50 inches of snow and -20-degree temperatures.

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Our Collective Impact in 2018

“Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.” - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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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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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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