No funder has the resources to end homelessness alone. Funders can play a powerful role in convening diverse stakeholders, facilitating system-wide collaboration, identifying key gaps, and leveraging public funds in their homelessness system. There is power in philanthropy speaking with one voice.
At Funders Together to End Homelessness, we believe collaboration is the key to ensuring the success of programs, initiatives, and solutions and one of our strategic goals is to provide opportunities for funders to gather, share, and learn together.
Funders Together programming, such as in-person events and webinars, allow for opportunities to learn and share among peers. As a member, you receive access to member-only events and discounted rates to other programming. See what upcoming events we are offering as well as partner events where Funders Together will be at representing the work of our members.
At Funders Together, we support the dedicated collaboration of committed foundations, United Ways, and corporate partners who work as one to prevent and end homelessness in their communities. On this page, learn about collaboratives focused on working together, sharing information and promising practices, and increasing the power of philanthropy in communities. You can also start a network in your own community. Learn more about building a funders network in our Funder Resources section.
In addition to geographic networks and collaboratives, Funders Together has three issue-based opportunities for funders to connect on an on-going basis.
Funders Together to End Homelessness is launching its second Community of Practice, Foundations for Employment and Housing, which will focus on the connection between employment and housing stability. We are excited to be partnering with Heartland Alliance as our content partner for this community and to share resources and learnings from their work. Participants will begin learning and networking in 2017 and over the two plus years, will work together to create and support systems that provide employment to help prevent and end homelessness. Learn more about joining Foundations for Employment and Housing!
FTEH Youth Network
From 2015-2016, Funders Together to End Homelessness ran a Community of Practice focused on funders’ roles in ending youth and young adult homelessness. This community, Foundations for Youth Success, brought together philanthropic leaders -- large, national funders as well as those working at the local level -- to identify best practices in implementing effective solutions for our young people. Throughout this two-year initiative, members participated in regular virtual meetings and came together in-person twice a year. After the community concluded, members wanted to continue meeting and learning together. In response to this request, Funders Together created a new ongoing, Youth Network. This network is open to all Funders Together members in addition to members that participated in Foundations for Youth Success. To join the Youth Network, email Jennifer Olney at firstname.lastname@example.org
United Ways Ending Homelessness
In partnership with United Way Worldwide, Funders Together has organized a cohort of United Ways leading the field in their work to end homelessness. These United Ways will meet regularly to identify best practices and solutions that will then be shared with their United Way colleagues. We know United Ways play a unique role in their communities and can be influential partners in this work. If you are interested in learning more about this cohort, please email Jennifer Olney at email@example.com