Philanthropy has a unique and critical role in not only supporting policy that addresses affordable housing needs and efforts to end homelessness, but also in ensuring that legislation is created with racial equity at the center and prioritizes people. Philanthropy can use its voice and power to uphold the proven practices that house people and ensure that everyone is treated with dignity. As a movement, we know much of what needs to be done. And, with the increase of different types of philanthropy – 501c4s, LLCs, corporate giving, and individual philanthropists – we have more ways to innovate and work together to bring the crisis to an end.
This network of funders focused on learning and diving deep into housing and homelessness policy will help create a statewide coalition of influence and expertise by aiding in the understanding and knowledge of policies that directly impact housing affordability and stability across California.
There is tremendous value in coming together at a local level to learn and support fellow organizations that have common goals, albeit slightly different approaches. This network provides dedicated and candid space for funders at various knowledge levels to gain insight around various issues related to housing and homelessness policy which will lead funders to move towards action more effectively and efficiently by bringing organizations to consensus.
Who Can Join?
Participation is limited to private funders in California. Only private funders (e.g. foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy serving organizations, and members of Funders Together) located or funding in California will be allowed to participate.
If you are interested in joining or have any questions about the network or eligibility, please reach out to Lauren Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Calls and Meetings
Housing California 2020 Funder Session: Using Policy to Re-Imagine Homelessness and Housing Systems in California
Thursday, September 3 | 9:00-10:30am PT