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

Introduction

How you can catalyze change in your community?

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Element I: Understand That No Funder Can Solve Tough Issues Alone

We do not have enough money to tackle these complex issues without working together.  And it's not always about the money! If funders understand one another's strategies, they can work together to create long-term change.

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Element II: Build Relationships and Work Together Towards a Common Goal

Funders are not outside of the system just because they don’t operate programs. As such, funders should be proactive in building relationships and learning with others in the space.

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Element III: Formalize a Funders Network

Funders networks are instrumental in forging commitments from a diverse set of community leaders to a systems approach.

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Element IV: Become a Champion for Solutions at the Local/Regional Level

Many communities have good programs, but homelessness still exists. Funders play a key role in bringing people together and pushing them to think beyond the barriers to embrace solutions. 

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Element V: Share What You’ve Learned So Others Can Improve Their Communities

Funders are unique advocates for new approaches and strategic shifts.  Encourage other communities to adapt your lessons learned and work with partners at the federal level to implement broader policies and funding strategies that can end and  prevent homelessness.

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Contact Us

Not seeing what you're looking for?  Do you have a suggestion for a resource that would be helpful for your work?  Contact Lauren Bennett at lauren@funderstogether.org or 617.245.0314.

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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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