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

Maximizing the Impact & Amplifying the Voice of Philanthropy

We can end homelessness in America, but philanthropy must be willing to step forward and challenge the status quo.

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Ruminations on Veterans Homelessness: How Philanthropy Can Help

Until very recently, homelessness among our veterans has been largely ignored. 

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Stepping Up to the Line: Philanthropy’s Advocacy Role

Those of us who work in the philanthropic sector are not excused from this civic duty just because our organizations are legally limited or prohibited from lobbying.

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How Philanthropy Can Help End Homelessness

Philanthropy needs to play a role in order for us to achieve the goals in Opening Doors.

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Mobilizing Philanthropy to End Homelessness in Pacific Northwest

Bill Gates, Sr. told a group of funders gathered at his Foundation’s new Seattle campus on Friday to “be bold, be imaginative, and to work together” to end homelessness. 

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Ending Homelessess is About More Than Housing

Colleagues from other philanthropies sometimes ask me if the activities they fund meet the criteria for joining Funders Together to End Homelessness. I don’t ask just about housing. 

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Tested Techniques for Trying Times

Homelessness spending needs to remain a priority.

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Stepping Forward as a Catalyst for Change – An Open Letter to Funders

Philanthropy can take the lead in solving, rather than managing homelessness.

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Philanthropy’s Role in a New Fiscal Landscape

The outcome of the U.S. debt ceiling debate signals a major shift in future government spending patterns and holds significant implications for philanthropy. 

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Rhode Island: Leading the Way toward Ending Homelessness

Earlier this month, Rhode Island built on national momentum to staff the Rhode Island Interagency Council on 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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