Since Funders Together became a nonprofit in 2010, we’ve grown to a membership of over 230 members of all types, sizes, and focus areas. Over 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.
As the power of our network grows, it’s important that Funders Together also ensures its long-term sustainability to continue providing high-quality resources to our members. Over the past few years, Funders Together has been implementing a new membership structure so that we can strengthen the work we do to support our members:
- FULL Members support Funders Together through annual dues that allow us to build partnerships, be present in the field, and offer greater technical assistance to both individual members and to our regional networks.
- BASIC Members do not pay annual dues but want to stay connected to other funders in the field. The support of Basic Members allows us to show policymakers that funders across the country care about ending homelessness.
Starting in January 2019, only Full Members will have complete access to all our online resources, such as our toolkits, searchable member database, and case studies, and take advantage of free or discounted programming. Basic Members, who historically have also been able to access all our online resources, will only be able to access our public-facing site, which will still include our blog, upcoming programming, and basic resources. All our members, regardless of membership level, will continue to receive updates about the field through our monthly member and programming newsletters.
As funders, you know how important sound infrastructure is to the success of an organization. We cannot thank our Full Members enough for their investment in our work and in the field. Your investment in Funders Together supports the field to work in more strategic, networked ways.
If you’re currently unsure about our membership status or what this new membership structure means for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Stephanie Chan, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.245.0314 x105.
To all our members: thank you so much for being part of the Funders Together network. Together, we can and will end homelessness.